Dog vomiting and diarrhea are very common occurrences. Most times they occur because your dog ate something disagreeable with his stomach. Sometimes it is a more serious problem, and should be a cause for concern. If neglected for too long, your dog could die from dehydration and organ failure.
If vomiting and diarrhea lasts for more than 24 hours, it is very important that you seek help from a veterinarian as soon as possible. The longer you wait for the situation to go away, the quicker the problem can spread and become worse for your dog. Tell your veterinarian about anything you may notice about the vomit and diarrhea, such as color, smell, etc. Be sure to take away his food and feed ice chips and small amounts of water to avoid dehydration.
Dog vomiting and diarrhea indicates that the lining of the stomach and intestines are inflamed. The more your dog vomits and passes diarrhea, the more severe the inflammation will be.
The following cases of vomiting and diarrhea should be dealt with immediately by a professional. They are very abnormal cases of dog vomiting and diarrhea and may lead to serious problems very quickly.
- Blood in the vomit or diarrhea, both dark spots and bright colored.
- Vomiting and diarrhea is accompanied by fever or other signs of illness.
- Vomiting and diarrhea occurs more than one time per hour.
- Vomiting is projectile
- Vomit looks or smells like feces
- Diarrhea has a strong, extremely unpleasant odor.
Causes of dog vomiting and diarrhea
If you haven’t determined the exact cause of your dog’s vomiting and diarrhea, it could be because of a serious illness. Some causes of vomiting and diarrhea include:
- Bacterial infections
- Intestinal parasites or worms
- Tumors in the stomach and intestines
- Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD
- Infection in the pancreas
- Canine Parvovirus
If you have a puppy who has not been vaccinated yet, or an older dog who has not been vaccinated for Parvo, it is very likely that this is the cause of your dog’s vomiting and diarrhea. Parvo is a very serious gastrointestinal virus that works very quickly to shut down your dog’s organs and eventually lead to death if not caught early.
Always take your dog to the veterinarian if your dog’s vomiting and diarrhea persists. She will likely perform a few tests to determine the cause of your dog’s vomiting and diarrhea. Depending on the severity of the issue, your dog may be hospitalized for a few days for proper treatment.
Be sure to keep other dogs, especially unvaccinated dogs, puppies and strays away from your dog during the time he vomits and has diarrhea, as some illnesses can be very contagious. Puppies are especially at risk for disease at an early age and should have regular shots done to protect their immune systems.
Sometimes a change in your dog’s environment may cause vomiting and diarrhea. Some dogs react negatively to change, and excitement or stress could be the cause of your dog’s vomiting and diarrhea. In this case, offer plenty of support and patience for your dog during this time and follow the correct procedures to treat vomiting and diarrhea as quickly as possible.