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Our furry friends are part of the family, so we hate to see them in distress.
Tummy troubles are one of the most common reasons why owners contact a vet. The clinical signs of a gastric upset are vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and energy. These symptoms can be present for a variety of reasons, including: • A sudden change in diet • Eating something that does not agree with them • Eating mouldy food • Ingestion of a foreign body that could be causing a blockage • A virus • A bacterial infection • Accidentally eating something toxic or poisonous • Intestinal parasites • Trauma to the abdomen • Pancreatitis • Reaction to medication
Some symptoms can be managed at home but if your pet is very young, very old or has any of the above symptoms along with a swollen abdomen or seems very lethargic, then a visit to the vet will be needed.
The general advice for adult cats and dogs with diarrhoea is to feed small amounts of bland food such as boiled chicken breast or white fish with rice or pasta. Little and often keeps the intestines moving and should help the faeces firm up quicker.
For vomiting pets, try withholding food for 24 hours from their last meal, then reintroduce food as you would for diarrhoea, i.e., bland food little and often. If your pet seems to be improving, then think about slowly weaning them back onto their own food after two or three days. In all cases make sure your pet has access to fresh water.
The most common toxins for pets are: • Chocolate • Grapes/raisins • Onions/garlic • Xylitol (found in sugar free gum and sweets) • Ibuprofen for dogs and paracetamol for cats • Daffodils, crocus and bluebells (bulbs, leaves and flowers) • Lilies for cats
If you think your pet may have eaten something poisonous and they develop a tummy upset, then time is of the essence! Call your vet immediately.
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