GI Upset (vomiting and diarrhea)

GI upset with vomiting and diarrhea is one of the most common reasons we see pets in our clinic. Causes can be numerous with the simple of your pet ate something that didn’t agree with them to the more significant of a foreign body or cancer…and everything in between! Therefore, with chronic cases we often have to perform diagnostic testing including fecal exams, blood tests, x-rays or ultrasound and even biopsies. Having said that the majority of cases are your run-of-the-mill upset belly and can be treated conservatively with the following protocol:

  1. Feed a bland diet of boiled chicken (no dark meat, no bones, no skin) and plain white rice

  2. Feed small frequent meals throughout the day (think Swedish Meatball size at a time)

  3. Always allow them access to water

If after a couple days their symptoms do not improve, or if their symptoms get worse then call us to make an appointment. We may need to start anti-diarrhea medications, anti-vomiting medications and/ or start performing some diagnostic tests. Some of the most common causes of diarrhea and vomiting can be:

  • Food intolerance, IBD

  • Intestinal Parasites (worms, Giardia)

  • Viral (parvovirus)

  • Hemorrhagic Gastoenteritis (HGE)

  • Food poisoning (bacterial infections, E.coli, salmonella)

  • Foreign Body obstruction, Intussusception

  • Gastric torsion

  • Pancreatitis

  • GI ulcers

  • Primary organ disease of the liver, kidneys, bladder

  • Pancreatic Insufficiency

  • Cancer, tumors, GI Lymphoma