March 2017 Issue

When to Seek Treatment for Vomiting

An episode may prove to be an isolated event, but itís always smart to err on the side of caution and check with the veterinarian.

Sometimes a catís bout of vomiting simply needs to run its course, similar to food poisoning or a viral GI bug in people. However, vomiting could indicate a significant medical problem, and if youíre concerned, it is always better to err on the side of caution and check with the veterinarian. Vomiting can be due to factors that directly affect the gastrointestinal tract or to indirect effects from other conditions, says Meredith L. Miller, DVM, ACVIM, a lecturer in small animal medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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