It’s a topic we’d all probably prefer to avoid, but one that is also incredibly important for pet health: vomiting. While it’s normal for dogs and cats to throw up on occasion, vomiting can also be a sign of a health problem.
We’ve compiled a list of basic facts about pet vomit to help you decide whether or not it’s time to call the vet or just let Fido’s stomach sort things out for itself.
When it’s Normal
For dogs, vomiting is often a natural mechanism for dealing with a mildly upset stomach. This can be caused by eating something the dog doesn’t normally eat or which is irritating, but not dangerous, to the dog’s stomach.
This is a natural response, as dogs have evolved to become omnivores. Their stomachs do some damage control as dogs test out what is or is not good for them to eat.
In cats, vomiting is often related to hairballs—particularly if you have multiple cats and the vomiting cat is everybody else’s main groomer.
You can minimize future hairball-related vomiting risks by brushing your cats regularly, so there isn’t so much hair building up in their gastrointestinal tracts.
Your pet is scheduled for a routine veterinary exam—or maybe he or she is having a particular health problem, and you’ve decided to take your pet in to see what’s going on—and you are asked to do the unthinkable: to bring in a fecal sample.
If you aren’t already used to following your pet around with a plastic bag during walks, the thought of doing so—and much less keeping your pet’s feces in a bag in or near your home—may be cause for discomfort.
But the minor inconvenience you suffer to collect a fecal sample may make all the difference for major discomfort in your pet. Here are four reasons why fecal samples are such an important part of veterinary care.
- Gastrointestinal parasites.
Parasites can make your pet really, really sick. Not only that, but there are many different types of parasites your pet can contract: hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, and liver flukes, to name a few.
Many veterinary clinics offer the same dental services. But just as with human dental care, the quality of care for pets can be wildly different, depending on where you go. So how do you know your pet will get the best possible procedure?
For starters, pick an animal hospital that has high standards. Call in advance to learn more about the procedure you’d like your pet to have; ask who will perform the procedure, what his or her training is, what anesthetic monitoring the clinic will use, and what is included in the procedure.
Northwest Pet Clinic offers the highest quality of pet dental care in the Tucson Metropolitan area. Here are 12 details to prove it.
1. Digital dental X-ray. Only about 50 percent of dental disease can be identified without X-rays. X-rays help us more accurately find dental disease and ensure that root fragments are not left behind after tooth extractions.
2. Dental charting. We document your pet’s health status, including gingival tissue and overall tooth health, in your pet’s medical record. This allows us to compare dental health during follow-up and for home care.
3. Pre-anesthetic blood testing. We test your pet’s blood before dental procedures to ensure your pet’s organs are functioning correctly and to make sure that your pet will both process the anesthesia and heal normally after the procedure.