Pet Matters-Persistent Vomiting

Persistent Vomiting Spells Trouble

Our pets all vomit once in a while just from eating something objectionable in the house or yard. But a simple gastritis caused by an irritant usually resolves within 12-24 hours.

Continued vomiting needs medical attention. Foreign objects, often consumed by younger pets, can cause a complete obstruction of the stomach or intestines which prevents food from passing normally. This backup leads to repeated regurgitation and then to a loss of appetite.

Inflammation of the pancreas allows the digestive enzymes made in that organ to escape into the area around the stomach and liver. This may cause severe nausea and abdominal pain leading to repeated vomiting, lethargy and loss of appetite. Pancreatitis, seen in middle-aged or older pets, needs immediate treatment to prevent severe tissue damage. Hospitalization with IV fluids and medication to fight the acidity, the pain and infection is needed to reverse this potentially fatal process.

Intermittent, chronic vomiting may indicate a low grade inflammation of the stomach or intestines. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes an array of problems ranging from intestinal parasites, to food allergies, to inflammatory cells invading the gut, and cancer. Blood tests, x-rays, ultrasound and biopsies may be needed to arrive at a correct diagnosis and permit the proper treatment to begin.

Vomiting pets should be fasted for 12-24 hours just like when you’re sick. If it continues – call your veterinarian.

Dr. Earl Mummert

801 Poquonnock Rd

Groton, Ct. 06340



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