Tummy troubles in pets are one of the most common reasons owners contact a vet. The clinical signs of a gastric upset are vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, inappetence and lethargy. These symptoms can be present for a variety of reasons
A sudden change in diet
Some symptoms can be managed at home but if your pet is very young or very old or has any of the above symptoms along with a distended abdomen or seems very lethargic then we would always recommend contacting a vet straight away.
The general advice for adult cats and dogs with diarrhoea is to feed small amounts of bland food such as boiled chicken breast or white fish with rice or pasta more often than you normally would. Little and often keeps the intestines moving and should help the faeces firm up more quickly.
For vomiting, pets try withholding food for 24 hours from their last meal then reintroduce food as you would for diarrhoea, bland food little and often. If your pet seems to be improving, then think about slowly weaning them back onto their own food after 2 – 3 days. In all cases ensure your pet has access to fresh water.
The most common toxins for pets are:
If you think your pet may have eaten something poisonous and they develop a tummy upset, then time is of the essence! If you have access to an on-demand telehealth / online service, perhaps through your pet insurance, please contact them or your vet straight away.