Hidden Valley Animal Clinic

100 Oakhurst Drive
McMurray, PA 15317

(724)941-3900

www.hiddenvalleyac.com

Vomiting/Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea can be the result of many different problems including dietary indiscretion (eating garbage, dead animals, or feces), internal parasites, viral or bacterial infection, obstruction/foreign body, pancreatitis, hairballs (cats), inflammatory disease, food allergy, cancer, etc.  Many mild cases of vomiting and/or diarrhea will resolve on their own by simply withholding food and water for 12-24 hours.  Situations that require immediate emergency care include blood in the vomitus, known foreign body ingestion and vomiting accompanied by any of the following additional symptoms: weakness, distended/bloated abdomen (see Bloat), difficulty breathing, or collapse.

Prolonged vomiting or diarrhea can lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and weight loss and should be treated promptly.  Any animal with even one bout of diarrhea should have a stool sample evaluated to check for internal/intestinal parasites.  (This may be done during normal office hours.)  As noted in the section on over-the-counter medications Pepto-Bismol can be administered to dogs and Immodium (loperamide) can be given to both dogs and cats.  See the OTC section for correct dosage information.