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Ask the Vet About Vomiting in Dogs and Cats

Vomiting in Dogs and Cats
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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jun 4, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting

Question:My dog has been throwing up for almost 24 hours. She tries to drink but it comes back up and she has horrible runny poop?? I'm starting to get worried. What do i do?

Answer:Vomiting and diarrhea going on that long makes me worry about dehydration - go ahead and get your veterinarian to check her out at this point.

Date: May 31, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: ear infection

Question:my morkie thre up and has a ear infection I feel she might need a antibiotic

Answer:Vomiitng and ear infections are usually unrelated. If the vomiting continues, see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatement. Here is what you can do for the ear infection: It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, but you can try cleaning the ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox Otic (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). Both of these are over-the-counter. This combination of cleaning and/or Zymox Otic will work for mild ear infections, but for moderate or severe, you usually end up needing the stronger prescription medications that you would have to get at your veterinarian.

Date: May 26, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kitten throw up food

Question:My 7 wk ferel kitten is gaining weight and she will eat nonstop but she has thrown it up twice today. A week ago she had diarrhea everyday everywhere, i got meds and she just goes once a day now a at least its formed. But she threw up again yesterday and today. I feed her mother and baby royal canine which is what she has always had and what the home told me to feed her. I give her 1/4-1/2 a can 4 times a day. Today i put a teaspoon of RC kitten in trying to mix it slowly so she can go up a level to kitten food. She threw up yesterday and i hadnt given her any. I do give her a teaspoon of orejin dry each day. She also keeps opening her mouth like shes trying to get something out but nothings in there? I dont know what to do ive been to the vets twice in 10 days and its always the same thing heres some diarrhea meds thatll be $$$. Is it because shes ferel?

Answer:Has your veterinarian run lots of fecal tests looking for the rare intestinal parasites? (Giardia, coccidia, etc.) What medications have they treated with? Have they tested for FIV/FELV? They may need to test for more rare things (FIP, etc.) if she continues to have problems.

Date: May 24, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kitten

Question:I have a 8 week old kitten that i found about 3 or 4 weeks ago. He was eating great and was getting bigger. Well last sunday about a week ago we got another kitten that was about 12 weeks and they were playing good and eating good together. Lastnight we notice that the 8 week old male kitten was just sleeping all day. It wasnt like him because all he did was play all day usually. Well this morning we noticed him throwing up so we started making sure he was getting enough water and wet food into him. We arent really sure what could be wrong with him. He is still eating and drinking. We think he might have gotten into popcorn but not sure if that's why he's throwing up.

Answer:There are MANY causes of vomiting - many treated very differently, so especially at his age, due to his size and the ease of becoming dehydrated, it is ideal to see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Date: May 21, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog is bleeding continuously

Question:From past 4 days my dog got problem in the leg and it couldn't walk properly later we took to nearby clinic and they gave a tablet..we gave tablet to dog..but it did not show any reaction..later the doctor gave a injection..nxt day my dog started bleeding in poop and started vomiting..and it's often bleeding continuously

Answer:Sounds like he is having an adverse reaction to the medication and should be rechecked by your veterinarian immediately.

Date: May 15, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urgency

Question:If a puppy vomits blood what is that

Answer:It's going to be hard for me to recommend anything for you without examining him and getting a detailed history because there are so many causes of vomiting. The blood just tells you it is severe. So see your veterinarian if it continues and/or worsens. Here is a link to our article about various causes of vomiting and potential treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/vomiting-causes-dog-cat-36.htm

Date: May 14, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What is wrong

Question:My pitbull ate grass and threw up and fell over for like 10 seconds and did the same thing a week ago

Answer:It's going to be hard for me to recommend anything for you without examining him and getting a detailed history because there are so many causes of vomiting. Add to that, it is often hard to differentiate coughing, reverse sneezing, regurgitation, and vomiting. So see your veterinarian if it continues and/or worsens. Here is a link to our article about various causes of vomiting and potential treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/vomiting-causes-dog-cat-36.htm

Date: May 13, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: s. My boxer 8 months old

Question:I think my 8 month old boxer may have parvo. If I force feed her with a dropper n she keeps puking should I keep giving her pedialyte

Answer:At home treatment is not recommended unless treatment at your vet is simply not an option at all. Here is a link to our article about treating parvo virus, with a section about at-home care: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/parvovirus-treatment-dogs-30.htm

Date: May 13, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Throwing up

Question:I have a ShihTzu who will is about a year & a half. I began to notice some random vomiting about a month ago. It has always been yellow & with some foamy mucus. Yesterday she began to vomit that same yellow. But today she has been vomiting through out the day multiple times. She wasn¿t eating so I figured she was throwing up because of the empty stomach. As I did some research of the type of vomit it was and most signs pointed to that. She does tend to be stubborn when it comes to eating. She¿ll nibble at her food & then goes off an plays. Since I noticed she hadn¿t eaten all day I tried mixing in some pumpkin purée & beef broth I to her kibble. She didn¿t seem to be interested. I boiled a chicken tender with some rice & she ate that! She was fine for about two hours & she threw it all up again But this time there was a huge chunk of something that came out. I¿m Not sure if she had gotten into something that I wasn¿t aware of & that¿s what caused it. I wasn¿t able to see exactly what it was I tried poking at it & it seemed soft But the smell was really bad. Usually when she throws up it doesn¿t smell at all But this time it did smell. It¿s been about another 2-3 hours & she¿s just been laying down & she just threw up again & there is a smell with this as well I just noticed a few chicks of brown Possibly some of her kibble. I did notice she started drinking a lot of water & I belive that might of caused her to throw up again.

Answer:I woud definitely have your veterinarian go ahaead and check her out at this point and probably run some blood work. It's going to be hard for me to recommend anything for you without examining him and getting a detailed history because there are so many causes of vomiting. Here is a link to our article about various causes of vomiting and potential treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/vomiting-causes-dog-cat-36.htm

Date: May 12, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat vomiting

Question:I live in Nevada and his past weekend, our ac went out. We had to wait until yesterday to have a new unit installed. However over the weekend, it was warm in the house, around 90 degrees or so during the day, however at night we were able to cool the house enough to sleep. Well yesterday and today, my tuxedo cat has been vomiting and has diarrhea. Still eats right after vomiting and drinking water, but he will meow right before he vomits.

Answer:There are many causes of vomiting and diarrhea - so many that it's hard for me to recommend anything without examining him and probably running some blood work on him so see your veterinarian if it continues or worsens. Take them a fresh fecal sample to analzye if you do.

Date: May 10, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting

Question:What should I do my dog is going on 2 of vomiting. Is there anything I can give her

Answer:It's going to be hard for me to recommend anything for you without examining her and getting a detailed history because there are so many causes of vomiting. Add to that, it is often hard to differentiate coughing, reverse sneezing, regurgitation, and vomiting. So see your veterinarian if it continues and/or worsens. Here is a link to our article about various causes of vomiting and potential treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/vomiting-causes-dog-cat-36.htm

Date: May 6, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Unexpected death

Question: I am still keeping most of this "compartmentalized" as i am having trouble accepting the passing of our three year old Aussie. She was healthy up to Friday (04/24) when i thought she was constipated for a couple days, so when she still was constipated the next day (Saturday) i took her to a new vet that was open on Saturdays (It was Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm), one that is open 24 hrs for emergencies, as the normal veterinarian we went to around here is more of a clinic. I explained that she was not eating, and though her back end was uncharacteristically now becoming regularly messy, never did i see any poops drop, though i did see her strain several times. They took X-Rays and believed everything should be fine, just to watch her, and they also strongly recommended we get her on Heartgard+ 272mcg Chewable and NexGard Chewable 60.1 - 121 lb (She was 62.3 lbs). She never was on those before (we moved here to Florida from Colorado Springs, where both ticks and mosquitoes were rare). The 04/25 invoice shows: Examination General Total Health With UA 4Dx O&P G Radiograph and Interpretation Heartgard+ 272mcg Chewable NexGard Chewable 60.1-121lb I brought her home and we gave her a few meals of pumpkin, on Sunday and Monday she was pooping just fine. Tuesday, in the early afternoon i gave her the two medicines. Tuesday nite she was drinking water in the extreme. Where she normally would have a doggy bowl that would last her easily throughout the night, in the evening alone she literally drank down more than three, perhaps four, gallons. Though i did not observe it, my wife stated that she was peeing around the house and she could hear "sloshing" in her stomach. On Wednesday morning i took her back in to the new vet, though she saw a different doctor, as they traded shifts. I explained that we were alarmed by the severe increase in drinking. I was told that the blood and fecal work from the visit a few days ago came back fine. She was still able to walk on her own and jump into and out of the car, though with much less energy. They did multiple tests, and took two more x-rays. She was negative for diabetes, and thought they had indications of pancreatitis. They suggested that she could be "hospitalized" there or we could take her home and self-medicate with several prescriptions, and recommended a very bland diet (boiled chicken and rice). I asked if there was any significant chance that i would be risking her life if i chose to treat her at home, the vet indicated she did not think so, stating that the level of severity was about 5 on a 1 to 10 point scale, and had me schedule a follow-up visit for the next day. The 04/29 Invoice Shows: Recheck - FollowUp Examination Radiograph - 2 views Pancreatitis Test Blood Glucose Test Alpha Trak Cerenia 51-75lbs Tramadol 50mg Tablets Carfate Tablets Omeprazole Capsule 20mg Cerenia Tablets 60mg-4pack Once home she was very lethargic; though normally very active, she seemed to not want to move around at all. I presumed they must have given her some medication and that she needed rest. She was still drinking a lot of water that nite and threw up some of the water, and whimpered throughout the nite. Though we had a follow-up visit scheduled for 2:40pm Thursday, i drove her in to the new vet in the morning. I had to carry her into the car. Breathing was labored and she would occasionally whimper on the ride in. Once i got her to the vet, the same doctor she saw on Saturday, he carried her in with his arms under her chest and belly. Though it was raining, it seemed to me she was peeing water. He took her into the back and then almost immediately he came out and asked me for permission to do CPR as she stopped breathing. She couldn't be brought back. Though they offered to send her out to be examined, i declined as that wouldn't bring her back and i was stunned; i couldn't reconcile how she could have passed away. He asked me if it were possible that she could have gotten into any poisons but there is nothing - we have always been very careful to keep anything out of reach since an early episode with a bag of Dove chocolates a couple years ago. We laid her to rest. I am not so much looking to blame, as much to understand.The only variables other than what she might have had going on internally, if anything, during the second visit to the vet were the HeartGard and NexGard chewables, and the canned pumpkin. Because the mosquito and flea medicines are so widely used, i doubt the connection, but i still must wonder; they were absolutely the only variable other than if some strange condition existed or anything they might have given to her that i was not aware of. Can anyone, especially a professional, provide inout as to what might be related to the extreme thirst and passing of our dog? As every one in the past has been, she is a family member; I am still blaming myself for not choosing to "hospitalize" her. I would appreciate some help, please-

Answer:I am so sorry for your loss. It's always hard to lose them but especially so when they are young. It's really hard for me to guess what was going on without seeing all of her x-rays and bloodwork. It sounds like kidney failure from your description - there are many toxins that can cause it: antifreeze is the most common, but there are many others, even rare cases of Lyme disease, etc, etc. We have used Heartgard for decades and Nexgard now for many years so I seriously doubt that had anything to do with it - her symptoms started before that - that is why you took her that first time, when she still seemed primarily ok, so whatever affected her kidneys started before that. Sorry again for your loss - I can tell how much she was loved though.

Date: May 4, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sick pup

Question:I'm not sure what I can do for my pup who has been vomiting and had diarrhea now 2 days. He isn't himself however he has drank alil water but still no appetite and not holding much of anything down

Answer:There are so many causes of vomiting, it is hard to recommend anything specific until you know the underlying cause so see your veterinarian if it persists or worsens. Treating with over-the-counter medications often doesn't help much because they just vomit them up or don't absorb them well. Your veterinarian will have injectable medications to get him feeling better faster and fluids to ensure he stays hydrated.

Date: May 2, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomit

Question:She seems to be throwing up her food but also is snorting ...

Answer:It's going to be hard for me to recommend anything for you without examining him and getting a detailed history because there are so many causes of vomiting. Add to that, it is often hard to differentiate coughing, reverse sneezing, regurgitation, and vomiting. So see your veterinarian if it continues and/or worsens. Here is a link to our article about various causes of vomiting and potential treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/vomiting-causes-dog-cat-36.htm

Date: May 1, 2020
Category: Vomiting
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Vomiting pinkish frothy liquid

Question:We took in a stray cat about 4 days ago he is scheduled to get fixed and all he been well. He still likes to go outside so we let him out this am and he came In later this afternoon. He started throwing up (3 times in a 4 hr time frame) this last time he got sick it was a pale pink with some ¿Blood¿ spots and very frothy like. Is this something to be Concerned about? No food was in the vomit all three times.

Answer:Yes, many things can cause severe vomiting like that and it could be very serious so have your veterinarian check him out as soon as you can.


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