Vomiting and Diarrhoea

Vomiting and diarrhoea can occur separately or together as part of the same syndrome. There are many causes of these symptoms, some of which are obvious whereas others require testing to diagnose.

Vomiting (only)

If your animal seems otherwise bright and happy, you could withhold food and water for at least 2 hours. You can then offer small amounts of water every 1-2 hours for 6 hours. If there has been no further vomiting, the water can be given ad lib and a small amount of bland food (such as boiled chicken and rice) given. Feed small, frequent, bland meals for 2-3 days before slowly reinstating regular diet and feeding schedules.

If your pet appears quiet, has profuse vomiting, there is blood in the vomit or it continues to vomit despite not having food or water, please seek immediate veterinary attention.

Diarrhoea (only)

Do not offer food for 12-24 hours (only 2-6 hours in pups under six months old or miniature breeds as these small pets can become dehydrated quickly). Provide plenty of fresh water. Feed small, frequent meals of a bland diet (homemade or prescription) when re-instituting food - continue for 3-4 days, or, until passing normal stool, with a gradual transition back to the regular brand of food.

If your pet appears quiet, continues to have diarrhoea despite not having food or water or there is blood in the diarrhoea, please seek immediate veterinary attention. Collecting a faecal sample for analysis by your veterinarian can be beneficial.

Vomiting and Diarrhoea

Pets with both vomiting and diarrhea are best assessed by a veterinarian ASAP as they can become dehydrated very quickly.