It is common for babies, puppies and kittens to spit out a bit of food, once in a while. Spitting up is not serious, but if pets vomit, it might require attention, investigation and veterinary consultation.
Hurry, hurry, hurry to the vet
If the cat or dog is vomiting frequently within short periods of time, they should be taken in for a consultation. After a pet vomits twice, an appointment should be taken. However, there if you find blood in vomit, it needs to be rushed to the hospital or a clinic immediately.
If you notice your pet eating a toxic substance like a corrosive substance, rat bait or anything poisonous, no time should be spared either. Foreign objects, unknown substances, toys or bones too can cause serious trouble, requiring a hospital visit.
Pet owners should not panic when pet vomits as there could be many non-critical reasons that cause it. Even so, they should closely observe how much and what they vomit, call the vet and check with them for advice.
If pets vomit, do not
- Self-medicate with an anti-emetic (vets advise against it)
- Do not give water immediately after they vomit. Pets should neither eat nor drink for three hours after a vomit.
- Do not feed them a meal (even if it’s their regular meal time)
- Not all fruit can be safe for pets, so keep them away
- Cat parents should never keep a lily plant in the house as it is toxic for them
But why, say why?
Vomiting is a defense mechanism for pets as it is to humans. When indigestible food is eaten or a foreign object is consumed, the first reaction is vomiting. It stomach is unable to process the food eaten, it is rejected too, and can be a sign of illness.
The common causes for vomiting are infections, parasites, over-eating, bloating and constipation. Sometimes, allergies can result in vomiting as well. In case of overeating, it can last for a few hours or less, but if it is caused by incurred infections, it can last for days and hence need serious attention and medical attention.
The amount of food ejected is also controlled by the cause. If large amounts of food is ejected it could be due to intake of garbage or toxins. Infections, liver and kidney complications can result in small amounts of vomit.
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