Treating Vomiting and Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats

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Treating Vomiting and Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats

If your dog or cat is vomiting or experiencing diarrhea, you want it to stop it immediately. These two animal health problems can cause many more issues for owners because they can’t be controlled very easily. When your dog or cat needs to vomit or experience diarrhea, they may not have time to make it to their litter box or go outside before the event occurs. This can cause stains on carpet and furniture, as well as foul smells inside the home. Sick animals should always be taken to your Veterinarian, but here are a few tips to help.


Dogs and cats that are vomiting should be put on a 24 hour fast so that their inflamed stomach has time to heal without additional foods being put into their bodies. Your animal should be allowed to drink a controlled amount of water, however, because water will help to flush their system of any viruses they may have. Just how much water the animal should be allowed to drink and how often they should be allowed to drink it can be determined by your Veterinarian.

After the initial 24 hours on the fast, provide your pet with cooked white rice, and provide them with the same amount of rice as you would their usual food. After a total of 48 hours, mix cooked white rice with their usual food. At the end of a total of 72 hours, consider putting them back on their regular diet. You should always contact your Veterinarian to be sure no other precautions need to be taken, and that you care for them in the best possible manner.


Diarrhea in pets is a big problem if the pet is unable to control where it occurs, and like vomiting, can be the cause of very foul smells inside the home. If your pet has diarrhea, firm up their stool with fiber. Fiber will absorb water in their intestines, causing their stool to become firmer. For dogs, consider adding 1tsp of ground flax to their food. If you have a cat that is experiencing diarrhea, mix canned pumpkin into their food.  You may want to consider placing a pee pad within a short distance of your dog! Given the chance, a potty-trained dog with diarrhea will attempt to go where he is supposed to, most of the time.

These tips can help alleviate your dog’s or cat’s vomiting or diarrhea symptoms, but only a visit to the local Veterinarian can ensure that they are being cared for properly