Tummy Troubles: Pets Vomiting & Diarrhoea

Vomiting and diarrhoea are two words most people don’t want to talk about, let alone have to deal with when it comes to their pet. Thankfully, we have a summary of what you need to know so you don’t have to dwell on these words for too long!

Most dogs and cats in the Gold Coast Hinterland region suffer from either or both of these at some point in their life. A common cause of vomiting or diarrhoea in pets is dietary indiscretion. This is just our way of saying your dog or cat ate something he shouldn’t.

If my pet vomits or has diarrhoea, what should I do?

In the case of your cat or dog having a spew or a runny poo, you should:

  • withhold food for a few hours (gastric rest)
  • offer fluids for rehydration, and
  • feed a bland diet for a few days.

After this, most pets will recover without a problem.

How do I know when to call the vet?

Unfortunately there are times when cats and dogs’ vomiting and diarrhoea become a little more serious and that’s when you need to call on us. You should seek advice if your pet:

  • Vomits more than once
  • Has multiple bouts of diarrhoea
  • Seems lethargic or is off his food
  • Might have ingested something he shouldn’t
  • Has been losing weight recently

If you have a puppy or a kitten with diarrhoea or vomiting please get them checked with our expert vets as soon as possible. Their little bodies don’t have much reserve and they can go downhill very quickly.

If you’re worried about your pet, please just call us at Tamborine Mountain, Canungra or Yarrabilba Vets for advice. We might not be able to clean your carpet but we can help put your mind to rest!