DIARRHEA

  • DIARRHEA occurs with distress, infections, obstructions, and many other illnesses
  • If diarrhea occurs once, call a veterinarian and make an appointment for an exam
  • If diarrhea is frequent, liquidy, projectile, black or bloody – see a vet NOW
  • If your animal may have swallowed something dangerous – see a vet NOW
  • Gently examine animal’s abdomen, noting any distension or rigidity
  • Use caution and go slowly – the abdomen may be painful to the touch
  • Examine diarrhea for amount, color, consistency, unexpected contents, etc.
  • Save some of the diarrhea for examination by veterinarian
  • Transport patient to veterinary hospital for treatment as needed

 

FOREIGN OBJECT

  • FOREIGN OBJECTS may be swallowed by pets that are young, curious  or hungry
  • Some foreign objects pass through a pet’s digestive tract without a problem
  • Other foreign objects can cause obstructions that can be life-threatening
  • If your pet may have swallowed something dangerous – see a vet NOW
  • Symptoms of foreign body ingestion:  vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, etc.
  • Examine vomited material for color, consistency, unexpected contents, etc.
  • Save some of the vomited material for examination by veterinarian
  • Remove all food & water if animal is vomiting
  • Transport patient to veterinary hospital for immediate treatment

 

STOMACH TORSION

 

  • STOMACH TORSION is also known as “bloat” or “gastric dilation & volvulus”
  • Bloat can occur in any dog, but it’s most common in older, larger breeds
  • When dogs ingest large amounts of food & water, air may be swallowed as well.Large amounts of air, food & water may cause the stomach to dilate.When the stomach becomes very full, it can rotate & cut off its own blood flowAfter the stomach has rotated, a dog can die within hours
  • Gently examine animal’s abdomen, noting any distension or rigidity
  • Use caution and go slowly – the abdomen may be painful to the touch
  • Note any vomiting or dry heaving
  • Transport patient to veterinary hospital for immediate treatment

 

VOMITING

 

  • VOMITING occurs in infections, poisonings, obstructions, and many other illnesses
  • If vomit occurs once, remove all food & water for 4-6 hours and call a veterinarian
  • If vomit is unproductive (dry heaves), frequent, black or bloody – see a vet NOW
  • If your animal may have swallowed something dangerous – see a vet NOW
  • Gently examine animal’s abdomen, noting any distension or rigidity
  • Use caution and go slowly – the abdomen may be painful to the touch
  • Examine vomited material for amount, color, consistency, unexpected contents, etc.
  • Save some of the vomited material for examination by veterinarian
  • Remove all food & water
  • Transport patient to veterinary hospital for treatment as needed