Chronic Vomiting and Your Cat

Your cat Rascal made that awful noise again last night. Somewhere in the wee morning hours, you heard the distinctive sound of Rascal heaving up his dinner. Rascal’s been doing that frequently during the last several days, and you’re beginning to think it’s more than a temporary upset stomach. In fact, you wonder if Rascal’s developing a case of chronic vomiting, often caused by stomach and upper intestinal tract illnesses. You’ve scheduled an appointment with your Colorado Springs veterinarian, who can diagnose Rascal’s vomiting problem and get him some much-needed treatment.


Sounds and Appearances

Rascal’s vomiting symptoms are pretty straightforward. He makes that trademark retching sound, and then heaves up his partially digested food. The foul-looking contents are sometimes tube shaped, and seem to be covered in a slimy-looking substance. If Rascal expels blood along with the vomit, that might indicate a more serious illness.


Chronic Vomiting Causes

Rascal’s chronic vomiting could result from a coughing episode, or might be a symptom of an underlying medical issue. First, he could have eaten a foreign object, and his body is trying to expel it. Rascal could have contracted heartworm disease or developed an inner ear condition. Kidney or liver failure, a bladder blockage or rupture, an ulcer, diabetes, or even cancer could be to blame. Your vet can choose from a wide-ranging menu of potential causes.


Diagnostic Collaboration

Help your vet diagnose Rascal’s vomiting problem. First, record anything unusual about Rascal’s environment, and list all his medications. Note if Rascal has any odd habits, such as eating grass or leaves, that might contribute to the problem. As disgusting as it sounds, jot down some observations about Rascal’s vomit, and what each episode looks like. Note how soon after meals the vomiting begins, and what Rascal looks like while he’s doing it. Note if Rascal’s heaving from his belly or spewing out his undigested food without much effort. Keep a sample of Rascal’s icky contribution so your vet can examine the contents.


Once your Colorado Springs vet completes his diagnostic tests, he’ll recommend a treatment that addresses the underlying medical issue. Rascal might receive medication to stop his vomiting, and he might also need to modify his diet to minimize the potential for more episodes. Antibiotics and surgery can also be treatment techniques. Your vet will need your help in monitoring Rascal’s condition so any future flare-ups can be addressed quickly.

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