My Pet Vomited, Now What?

In Health Tips on April 2, 2013 at 11:43 am

So your animal began vomiting and now you aren’t sure what to do. This is a very common problem pet owners have. Cats and dogs vomit for a number of different reasons. They could have something as simple as a hairball to something more life threatening as a gastric tumor.

The question is, what do you do next?

Here are the steps I recommend taking when you realize your pet just threw up.IMG_0039 (2)

  1. After the first time they vomit take away all food. Keep water available.
  2. If your pet vomits again, even with food taken away, remove water as well for 6-8 hours. If your pet has not vomited again move to step 4.
  3. If your pet continues to vomit without consuming anything, this is a good time to see your vet. Or, if your pet begins to produce blood in their vomit.
  4. If your pet has not vomited within the 6-8 hours after taking away water, offer a small amount of water. This means 3-4 licks.
  5. If your pet keeps the water down over the next 2 hours, try a little more water. At this point if they are able to keep water down, continue to offer small amounts of water every 2-4 hours.
  6. If your pet has made it 24 hours without vomiting and not consuming any food, only water, offer about ¼ of their normal meal.
  7. After 6-8 hours pass without any vomiting offer ½ of their normal meal.
  8. At this point you are free to go back to their normal routine. Free choice water and hopefully scheduled feeding times.

Does this seem like a tedious procedure to follow, maybe, but think about all the times you have vomited. Many of those times it is a simple bug that just needs to work its way out of your system.

Here are times your should call the vet right away: 

  • When there is blood in the vomit
  • When your pet has vomited >8 times in an hour
  • When your pet began vomiting after consuming something unusual
  • If your animal has a health problem

These are just a few tips to name a few. If your pet continues to vomit talk with your vet. Some treatment options can include dietary changes, antiemetic’s (medication to control vomiting), antibiotics (medication for a bacterial ulcer), corticosteroids (to treat inflammatory bowel disease), surgery (if your animal has a tumor causing them to vomit), or other medical treatments.

As you can see there are many reasons your cat or dog continues to vomit. This is why your veterinarian is around. They can help determine the cause and figure out the best step to take in order to alleviate the issue.

What have you tried when your animal has vomited?

Comment, post, question, and learn. Lets connect!


  1. Oakley has problems with gastric reflux. Supplementing with goat milk yogurt and some Pepcid at bedtime helps. If it’s just a spit up, I let him tell me when he’s ready to eat breakfast.
    The owner of the store where I get his canned food swears that if someone wanted to make an alarm clock for dog owners that works, it would make the sound of a dog barfing. 🙂

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