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Assessing When to Visit the Animal Hospital for an Upset Stomach

You want your pet to always feel their best, so if they’re showing signs of an upset stomach like vomiting or diarrhea, it can feel like an emergency even if it’s not. However, there are times when these symptoms can point to more serious issues that should be investigated by your veterinarian. Read on to find out whether or not your pet’s vomiting or diarrhea is an emergency, so you know when you should see your veterinarian for medical care. 

What are your pet’s symptoms?

Symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea are not necessarily emergencies in and of themselves. It’s possible that your pet may be dealing with a passing stomach bug or even ate something that disagreed with them. If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, they will usually exhibit other symptoms in tandem with vomiting or diarrhea. Signs of a more serious health problem for your pet could include: 

  • Vomiting that continues for over 12 hours or diarrhea that continues for over one day. 
  • Blood, parasites, or worms are visible in your pet’s vomit or stool. 
  • Your pet refuses to eat or continually throws up anything they do eat. 
  • Your pet vomits or has diarrhea several times in a certain time span. 
  • Your pet has trouble standing or walking normally. 

Any of the above signs are cause for concern and should be reviewed by your veterinarian as quickly as possible. Some causes of vomiting and diarrhea can be very serious, such as infections, metabolic illnesses, and toxins, so it’s essential to catch the problem early on. 

Contact Your Veterinarian Today

If your pet is dealing with an upset stomach more often than not, and they’re displaying other signs of illness, it’s critical to contact your veterinarian as quickly as possible. Your veterinarian is the best way to quickly find out what’s wrong with your pet and get them feeling better.



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