Vomiting and Diarrhea

Internal Parasites and an Upset Tummy Could Cause a Mess

As a pet owner, it’s inevitable that you will have to clean up some type of mess. In fact, cats routinely vomit hair balls digested as part of the grooming process. Not only is it scary to watch them have a serious case of vomiting or diarrhea, but it can also be dangerous for your pet. That’s why it’s reassuring to know your pet can receive proper treatment at Animal ER Care in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for internal parasites, digestive disorders, and more. Our reliable team of professionals also treats exotic animals.

Your pet’s case of vomiting and diarrhea could be the result of an ingested poisonous or toxic agent. The cause could have been a common garden plant like lilies or daffodils, a household or automotive fluid, medications, or human foods such as chocolate or garlic.

Digestive Disorders
If your pet has only diarrhea, it could be the result of ulcerative colitis or irritable bowel syndrome. If they are suffering from both diarrhea and vomiting, the culprit might be tumors, intestinal obstructions, or gastroenteritis.

Infectious Diseases
Viral and bacterial infections will cause vomiting and diarrhea. Dogs that have not had the essential core vaccinations are vulnerable to parvovirus and canine distemper, while cats run the risk of contracting feline distemper and FIV. Coronavirus causes diarrhea and possibly vomiting in both.

Internal Parasites
Coccidia, or whipworms, in dogs and Coccidia, Cryptosporidium, or Tritrichomonas infestations in cats are the reason for your pet’s diarrhea. Roundworms, hookworms, and Giardia cause both vomiting and diarrhea in young pets.

Allergies and Sensitivities
Animals suffer from food allergies and specific food intolerances just like humans. Violent physical reactions in the form of vomiting and diarrhea may be the result of a recent menu change.

Emotional Disturbances
An upset tummy resulting in a diarrhea mess may be caused by anxiety, stress, overexcitement, and other emotional upsets. The strain from separation anxiety could be the reason your pet vomits every time you leave the house.

Cases of vomiting and diarrhea often resolve themselves with no serious harm done. Serious health effects can occur from constant, violent, or extended symptoms. A medical emergency may be the underlying cause and if the issue persists, your pet could suffer from dehydration and loss of electrolytes. Through laboratory testing, medical history, and other key diagnostics, we can administer the right treatment such as antiviral medications, antibiotics, or surgical removal of a tumor.