My pet has vomiting/diarrhoea, what can I do?

If your pet has developed vomiting or diarrhoea but is still bright, alert, responsive and interested in food and water there are a few simple steps you can take to try and resolve this issue without visiting the vet.

  • Starve your pet for 24 hours. This can help to settle the digestive system and give it time to recover from an upset. Do not restrict water intake completely. Put down small amounts of room temperature water often to prevent your pet gorging on water and possibly still vomiting. If your pet is continually vomiting water we would advise seeking veterinary advice.
  • After the 24 hours you can begin to introduce small amounts of bland food such as plain boiled rice, grilled chicken (with no bones), tuna or scrambled egg. We can also offer a sensitive diet in both wet and dry varieties if you would prefer.
  • It can be normal for a small amount of fresh red blood to appear in your pets’ faeces. If the blood is dark red or black, high in volume or your pet is lethargic it is best to seek veterinary advice.
  • If the condition does not resolve within 48 hours or there is the possibility that your pet has eaten something it should not have it is best to make an appointment to see a vet.

There are also over the counter treatments which we can supply to help firm your pets stools. We would only advise using these after speaking to one of our staff.

If your pet is young, elderly or has a chronic illness it is always best to see a vet if they develop vomiting or diarrhoea as they can dehydrate very quickly.

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