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Solve Your Cat’s Chronic Vomiting Problem

Your cat Rascal has developed a brand-new behavior no cat or dog owner wants to see (or hear). For the past few days, Rascal has been heaving up his food, spewing his recent meal on the floor with disgusting sound effects. You haven’t changed Rascal’s food or living environment, so you wonder if your persnickety cat has developed a chronic vomiting problem. Stomach and upper intestinal tract conditions can lead to vomiting; however, other causes can also be at fault. You’d like your Carmel veterinarian to diagnose Rascal’s nauseating symptoms and develop a treatment plan that makes them stop…quickly.

Distasteful Symptoms

Rascal’s vomiting episodes all proceed along similar lines. First, he makes that dreaded retching noise, and then he starts to bring up his partially digested last meal. While you don’t really want to look at the horror, you note that Rascal has deposited slimy tube-shaped contents onto the floor. If you also see blood, Rascal might have a more serious medical problem.

Varied Medical Causes

Perhaps Rascal keeps vomiting because he’s attempting to expel a foreign object that somehow ended up in the wrong place. Or, maybe his vomiting is a natural result of nonstop coughing. On the other hand, Rascal’s vomiting could indicate an underlying medical condition. Rascal could have contracted heartworm disease or an inner ear infection. He might have developed an ulcer, or a bladder blockage or rupture. Rascal could have developed cancer or diabetes; or he might be experiencing liver or kidney failure.

Diagnostic Detective Work

Give your vet as much information as possible. Write down Rascal’s medications, and note whether Rascal has recently experienced any environmental changes. Note whether Rascal snacks on leaves or grass, or has any other unusual behaviors. Tell your vet about the vomiting attacks, too. How long after meals do the episodes begin? Does Rascal easily expel undigested contents, or heave from his belly with great effort? Even better, save some of Rascal’s revolting deposits for your vet to analyze.

Now that your Carmel vet has discovered why Rascal’s vomiting, he can prescribe treatment for the underlying medical condition. Rascal might receive medication to stop him from vomiting, and the vet might prescribe a new diet that should decrease the chances of more occurrences. Depending on the vomiting’s cause, antibiotics and/or surgery might also help. Keep monitoring Rascal’s overall health, and record circumstances that precede more vomiting episodes. This information will help your vet to modify Rascal’s treatment program if necessary.

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