Sometimes, something as simple as coughing will cause a pet to vomit. If this appears to be the case, the cause of the coughing will need to be investigated. Your doctor will look into your pet's mouth to see if a foreign object has become caught in the esophageal opening (back of the mouth), or, if indicated, an x-ray imaging may be used to determine if there is an object deeper in the esophagus, or in the stomach.
Once the cause of the vomiting is determined, your veterinarian will be able to come up with a course of treatment. Some possibilities:
- Cimetidine to control vomiting
- Anti-emetics to prevent nausea and vomiting, especially for post surgery and chemotherapy related nausea
- Antibiotics to treat ulcer causing bacteria
- Corticosteroids for inflammatory bowel disease
- Drugs to treat delayed gastric (stomach) voiding
- Dietary changes
- Surgery if a tumor is found to be the cause
Living and Management
Pay close attention to your pet so that you will be aware of its condition; whether it is improving or getting worse. If there is little or no improvement, you will need to consult with your veterinarian to see if your pet needs to go back for further evaluation. Do not experiment with medications or food without your veterinarian's approval, and remember that it is important that you follow through on your doctor's recommended treatment plan so that the illness can be thoroughly eliminated.
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
The return of food into the oral cavity after it has been swallowed
The process of elimination when it comes to the bowels or the bladder
A type of slime that is made up of certain salts, cells, or leukocytes
Anything having to do with the stomach
The fluid created by the liver that helps food in the stomach to be digested.
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
A condition in which the skin becomes yellow in color as do the mucous membranes; this is due to excess amounts of bilirubin.