The #1 Emergency Seen in Pet Emergency Rooms

What emergency medical condition do you think us veterinarians see most often?

Many people guess hit by car, bite wounds, dog fights, or even gun shot wounds. All of these are true emergencies, but not the most common one.

But the most common emergency seen is VOMITING.

This has probably happened to your pets more than once. Your pet vomits and you start getting very nervous because its 9pm and need to go to bed so you can get up for work tomorrow, but you are worried about your pet.

Most cases of vomiting often pass without incident and the pet is usually fine afterwards.

But if your pet continue to vomit, there is blood in the vomit, or if your pet acts lethargic, its best to call your veterinarian.

So What Can You Do?

1. Always keep the phone number of your local veterinary emergency room handy. Also the address and directions, if your normal vet does not take emergencies at night and you have to go to a referral clinic.

2. The veterinarian or the veterinary technician that answers the phone will likely ask you how often the pet has vomiting, when did the vomiting start and what does the vomitus look like. They will also ask how the pet's attitude is.

3. Most clinics will simply tell you to observe your pet if your pet has just vomited once and is acting fine. Or to call back in a few hours with an update.

If You Can't Reach A Veterinarian

In most cases you should not be too concerned about your dog vomiting. If you know that the dog got into something or you changed its diet, you can probably wait 24 hours to see if the vomiting clears up, but only if your dog does not appear lethargic.

You must withhold food for 24 hours and then gradually start a bland diet. If at any time the dog becomes worse then you must somehow find a veterinarian.

If your dog has been vomiting continually for more than 1 hour or if he has been vomiting on and off for 24 hours, it is severe and you should bring him in to see the doctor.

Vomiting can have lots of causes. Sometimes the cause can be straightforward. An easy indication maybe what was the pet's last meal.

Sometimes the consistency of the vomit may indicate what's wrong.

> Undigested food-1.food poisoning 2. Anxiety, 3.simply overeating

> Strong odor-intestinal obstruction.

If no vomiting occurs in 24 hours, then you can try and give some ice cubes followed by water. If no vomiting occurs, then give a small amount of a bland diet. If the dog continues to vomit, call your veterinarian.

What to do for dog vomiting

1. withholding food for 24 hours.

2. Feed a bland diet, consisting of 2/3 rice, sweet potato or oatmeal and 1/3 of the meal should be well cooked non-fatty meats like chicken.

3. Feed only 1/2 of the normal amount of food at a time. Or you can feed several small meals until the vomiting has subsided.

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