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DOG CARE

Vomiting

Any pet that eats grass will probably vomit the grass and stomach contents.Grass has no food or medicinal value whatsoever to a dog or cat and can cause gastrointestinal tract irritation or bleeding.

First aid remedies for vomiting can be helpful or can be your pet's worst enemy depending upon the cause of the vomiting. Using kaopectate, pepto bismol or herbal remedies for vomiting due to a foreign object penetration of the stomach or intestine can be disastrous!

Your judgment regarding the seriousness of the vomiting is critical.  If the vomit contains any blood at all, call the veterinarian immediately!  If your pet seems alert, active, and unconcerned about the vomiting, then you may try cautious observation at home.  Withhold food for 12-24 hours and allow water in small amounts.  Keep in mind that many small breeds of dogs can suffer severe consequences from low blood sugar if food is unavailable for longer than 18 to 24 hours.

After the vomiting has ceased for 4 hours, you may give ice chips or small amount of water for 12 hours.  If vomiting has not resumed, slowly increase the amount of water and food again over the next 24 hours.  If the animal is not interested in food, vomits repeatedly, or seems cramped or in pain, it’s definitely time to call the veterinarian.

About Pet First Aid

This First Aid Guide was developed by the veterinary staff at Dr. Sherry Weaver's Animal Hospital of Towne Lake in Woodstock, GA. Always seek veterinary care following first-aid attempts. Your veterinarian is the best source of information for your pet’s specific needs. This information is provided for general reference and informational purposes only and should not be construed to be formal professional advice or the formation of a consultant-client relationship.

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