Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Pet Talk

March 23, 2012

Pay close attention to pets' tummy aches

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"One key question is, does the cause of the vomiting come from inside the G.I. (gastrointestinal) tract or is it hidden elsewhere in the animal?" Zoran adds. "If the problem is not in the G.I. tract, it can be harder to detect."

If the pet owner detects blood in any food the animal has vomited, that should be a warning sign that something is not right.

"If blood is present, it's a serious problem and possibly a life-threatening problem," says Zoran.

"Unfortunately, it may not look like blood because the stomach acids will digest any blood present and the blood may look something like coffee grounds. The best answer is, if you don't think it looks like food, the animal needs medical attention as soon as possible," says Zoran.

Other signs that should alarm pet owners: if the animal vomits every time it eats, vomits multiple times per day, or if the animal won't eat at all and appears to be weak and depressed.

"All of these are warning signs that something serious is wrong and the pet needs medical help immediately," says Zoran.

Frequent or persistent vomiting in any animal is not normal. If the animal has been vomiting excessively, it's essential that it sees a veterinarian.

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Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University.

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