My dog or cat is being sick what should I do?

This is the first in a health series supplied to you by our Pet Health Helpline’s veterinary nurses. Pet Health Helpline is a service you, as an Agria customer, can take advantage of as a first port of call in times of worry for your pet.

Unlike their human owners, regurgitation or vomiting can be a normal digestive function for your pet. You will probably see your pet be sick from time to time and there are a few reasons that your pet may be regurgitating or vomiting (*for an explanation of regurgitation versus vomiting see bottom of this passage).

Naturally, you will be concerned for your four legged friend’s health. They may have picked up a bug, eaten something they shouldn’t have or be suffering from an underlying medical condition.  Cats and dogs can regurgitate food if they eat too quickly and cats may bring up a fur ball from time to time.

‘How do I know if my pet is going to be sick?’

Signs that your pet may be about to vomit are: drooling, licking their lips and exaggerated swallowing.

Vomiting is one of the most common reasons a concerned pet owner will contact their vet but, with the correct professional advice, it could be possible to manage the condition without the trouble and expense of going to your vet.

If your pet is being sick and you are worried, you are entitled to call the Pet Health Help Line on 03333 32 19 47 and quote your policy number, our team of experienced, registered vet nurses will be happy to give you advice on whether you should look after your pet at home and give advice on how to do this safely or whether you should go to your vet.

You can help with your pet’s recovery by following Vet Health Helpline nurse Carolanne’s advice:

While your dog is recovering make sure you walk them on a lead to prevent scavenging and keep your cat indoors, ensure they don’t receive any treats or table scraps and encourage them to drink water little and often.  A couple of ice cubes are a great idea to regulate water intake and if you don’t think your pet is drinking enough then contact the Pet Health Helpline for further advice.”

If your pet is a puppy or a kitten (under 6 months old) or has an underlying medical condition and is vomiting then they could become unwell more quickly than a fully grown, more healthy pet. If your pet develops any symptoms such as a bloated abdomen, blood in their vomit or are vomiting unproductively then contact your vet straight away.

Please call our dedicated team of Veterinary Nurses who, when you quote your policy number, can talk through your pet’s symptoms. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be contacted on 03333 32 19 47.

Pet Health Helpline should be used as a first port of call if you are worried and they will recommend if you need to go to the vets or not, the service is not intended to be used in place of going to your vet and if you are very concerned about your pet do not hesitate in going to your vet.

*The difference between regurgitation and vomiting: Your pet may regurgitate food which might look like vomiting but it usually happens when they have eaten too quickly so the food comes up as quickly as it went down… They may even eat the food again before you can get there! Regurgitation does not usually make your pet feel unwell, but sometimes frequent regurgitation can indicate a more serious issue. If you are not sure if your pet is regurgitating or vomiting, please do call the pet health helpline and the Veterinary Nurse will be able to tell you if you need to see your vet.