Treatment for Vomiting and Diarrhea at Our Winnipeg Vet Clinic
Pets can often experience vomiting and diarrhea. No matter how messy it gets, a single instance of vomiting or diarrhea doesn’t need veterinarian attention. When symptoms persist through the day or multiple occurrences with no change, that's when it's good to know that you have 24-hour access to the skilled team at Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre, your source for emergency vet treatment in Winnipeg.
What Does It Mean When You See Vomit and Diarrhea?
The presence of a little vomit and diarrhea doesn't necessarily indicate a life-threatening emergency. Mild viral infections or food poisoning can cause temporary symptoms, as well as periods of intense fear or anxiety. In these situations, the symptoms resolve themselves once the underlying irritant has passed. Sometimes, however, vomiting and diarrhea can indicate a more stubborn or disturbing issue. Examples include:
- Parasites - Internal invaders such as Giardia, hookworms and roundworms can make a pet very sick indeed.
- Food allergies - A food allergy may cause not only vomiting and diarrhea but also skin and respiratory symptoms.
- Poisoning - Toxins ranging from houseplants and medications to household cleaning agents and anti-freeze can trigger violent vomiting and diarrhea.
- Severe infectious diseases - Some diseases such as coronavirus and distemper can place your pet's life in peril while causing both vomiting and diarrhea.
Some health crises may cause vomiting or diarrhea, but not both symptoms. One such crisis is gastric dilatation volvulus, or bloat. This condition, which usually occurs in larger breeds of dogs, occurs when the stomach twists and becomes deprived of its blood supply. It causes dry heaves and vomiting. Worms such as whipworms may cause diarrhea without also causing vomiting.
Emergency Solutions from Your Skilled Veterinarian
Trust any skilled veterinarian on our team to provide immediate diagnosis and prompt care for your pet's diarrhea and vomiting. We can run tests to determine whether the cause is related to infection, parasites, poison ingestion, bloat, or some other condition. We can then treat that condition aggressively with options ranging from medication to surgery. At the same time, we can use intravenous fluids to replenish your pet's supply of water and electrolytes, preventing dangerous dehydration and supporting your pet's recovery.
Don't Take Your Pet's Condition Lightly – Come and See Us!
When vomiting or diarrhea won't calm down or is accompanied by other alarming symptoms, it's time to visit Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre. Call our Winnipeg office at (204) 452-0911 to receive first-aid instructions and let us know that you're on your way!