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Generally, vomiting is a way for the body to protect itself against things that can cause harm. For example, if your pet eats something toxic or indigestible, vomiting can help to eliminate it from the body before it causes further damage. There are many reasons a dog or cat may vomit — for instance, a medical condition; hairballs; a food allergy or intolerance; or eating foreign objects, grass or a toxic plant or food — and some are more serious than others.
So how do you know when vomiting merits a trip to the vet? If you have any doubts or concerns, call your veterinarian for advice. But in general and if the vomiting is mild, you can monitor your pet at home if:
Sometimes vomiting points to a serious issue and can be potentially dangerous. Your pet should see a veterinarian if any one of the following occurs:
Vomiting is a signal that something is wrong, and prolonged or severe vomiting can lead to dehydration.If your pet vomits once, remove food and water for a few hours. Eating and drinking may cause the vomiting to continue instead of stopping after one episode. If your pet continues to vomit without anything to eat or drink, call your veterinarian. And remember, having routine physical examinations, fecal testing and wellness bloodwork performed regularly can allow for the early discovery and treatment of medical conditions that can cause vomiting, such as parasites, diabetes, kidney or liver disease. A watchful eye, along with early diagnosis and treatment of primary disease, can help prevent vomiting in many cases.
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