People sometimes tell me that their pet is throwing up once or twice a week. “But that’s normal for him,” they add.
Unfortunately, this is simply not true (even for cats).
Could you imagine if you vomited once or twice a week? By week two, most people would be calling their doctor to schedule an appointment.
Fix the Food
If your pet has good energy levels and a normal physical exam, then a dietary change may help with occasional, chronic vomiting.
When telling your veterinarian about your pet’s diet, remember to include treats, including dental chews and human food. These little extras may cause stomach upset.
If treats are removed but vomiting continues, then changing the dog or cat food is the next step. Talk to your veterinarian about the best choice for your pet.
Run the Tests
If your dog or cat is acting sick, or dietary changes do not help, then diagnostics are needed to determine the cause of vomiting.
There are many possible causes of vomiting, including everything from foreign objects stuck in the stomach to kidney disease.
Typically, x-rays and blood work are performed as a starting point. These broad tests will screen for physical problems in the digestive system as well as systemic diseases.
Make an Appointment Today
Even if your dog or cat has been throwing up for years, it’s not too late to give your furry friend a new lease on life. It might even be as simple as a new diet. Talk to your veterinarian about the best approach to help your pet feel better soon.