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Vomiting & Diarrhea

Causes and Treatment of Vomiting and Diarrhea

At Midway Animal Hospital, we are here to make sure that every pet has access to an animal hospital that provides excellent veterinary services in Largo, FL. We stress the importance of preventative care for every pet in the local area. However, we also understand that acute concerns are going to arise from time to time. When this happens, it is our goal to address them as quickly as possible. Two of the most common acute concerns that we see in our clinic include vomiting and diarrhea. At Midway Animal Hospital, we address them quickly.

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Why Do Pets Have Vomiting and Diarrhea?

There are a number of reasons why a pet might have these issues. 

At Midway Animal Hospital, one of the most common culprits is an ingestion of some sort. Pets are curious. They like to explore with their mouths. They might end up eating something they shouldn't. For example, a dog might eat chocolate or get into cleaning supplies under the sink.

Another possible cause is an infection. Pets are capable of getting stomach bugs just like people. This can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. At Midway Animal Hospital, our job is to figure out the cause and treat it appropriately.

How Are These Symptoms Treated?

Once we have identified the cause, it is time to start the treatment process. There are two components to a treatment plan for vomiting and diarrhea. First, pets are going to be dehydrated from the vomiting and diarrhea. We will rehydrate them. If pets are able to drink by mouth, this is the preferred method. If they are unable to drink by mouth due to the vomiting, then we will use IV fluids. We will keep a close eye on their electrolytes during this treatment process.

Secondly, we'll need to find and eliminate the root cause of these symptoms. If there is an infection present, we will treat it accordingly. This could include antiviral or antibacterial medications. If symptoms are being caused by toxic ingestion, we might have to pump the pet's stomach. We will discuss all of this with you prior to starting the treatment.

Contact Midway Animal Hospital Today to Make an Appointment

At Midway Animal Hospital, we are proud to provide everyone with a veterinarian in Largo, FL. We would be happy to treat your pet as well. If you have concerns about the health of your pet, please give us a call today to make an appointment. We would be happy to help you and your pet with all of your veterinary needs.