Vomiting in Dogs

It’s 10 pm and Fido just vomited his evening snack all over your living room rug.  The question is, is this an emergency or not?  Can it wait until tomorrow when my regular vet is open or would waiting cause the unknown problem to worsen?  While vomiting can arise from many, many causes here are a few helpful hints to help make that decision easier.


Regardless of the cause the main complication of vomiting is dehydration.  When the body is not receiving enough water or losing it through vomiting all other systems suffer.  Therefore vomiting is most critical in the young or elderly animal.


If your animal vomits stop giving food or water for 12 hours.  (If your animal is young, elderly or has an existing medical problem it may be dangerous to do this and so should probably be seen right away).  This is so that the stomach can rest.  If there is no more vomiting you are probably ok to wait until the morning.  If the vomiting continues it may indicate a more serious problem.


If you are concerned, however, feel free to call us at 310-320-8300.  You know your pet best and we will help you make that important decision as best we can.  If you do decide to come in please bring all medications the pet is on and any medical records you may have.  And if there is a suspected poisoning bring the entire box or wrapper of the substance with you.

Flea Products and Cats

Cats are very easily poisoned by the misapplication of flea products.  They are much more sensitive to these products as they do not have the liver enzymes to break them down that dogs do.    And kittens are even more delicate.  Therefore always be sure the label says the product is for cats and not just dogs, and that it is for your pet’s age.

The size of the dosage related to weight can also cause problems.  Trying to save money by using one applicator meant for a bigger animal on several small cats can result in a very expensive trip to the vet.

If you do discover you made a mistake shampoo the pet with Dawn dish washing detergent.  And call your vet!!!

Feeding Rabbits

Rabbits are one of the more common smaller pets that we see here at the emergency clinic.  And the most common problem we see with rabbits has to do with their digestive tract.  Rabbits need to eat constantly to keep their digestive tract moving.  If their digestive tract stops they can get very ill.  As a matter of fact it is a life threatening problem.  There are many problems that can wait for your regular vet to open the next day.  This is not one of them.  The sooner your rabbit is treated with fluids, special food and injections to get the gut moving again the better the chances of recovery.

This problem is complicated by the fact that bunnies tend to hide if they are sick.  In the wild this is a protective mechanism.  Therefore any of the following signs can be a warning sign: not eating or only eating treats, pellets larger or smaller than usual, diarrhea or softer pellets, change in behavior, hiding, increasing or decreasing water consumption.

Preventing the problem is of course best.  Always have Timothy hay and water available.  Pellets can be fattening and should be limited.  Too many greens can cause diarrhea.  Apples and carrots can be given as treats very infrequently.

Another way to prevent problems is to provide chew toys.  Rabbit’s teeth never stop growing and they must chew to wear them down.  Also have your regular vet check the teeth for signs of dental disease to prevent problems with eating.

Please don’t hesitate to call us (310 320 8300) or come in if you are concerned about your rabbit.