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Common Ailments

Your Dog or Puppy

If your dog or puppy is not eating and seems quiet, first offer a small amount of a bland diet (baby food or boiled chicken and rice). If your pet still does not eat, or has any vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, or sneezing, have your pet seen by a veterinarian right away. A puppy that does not eat for 24 hours must be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Your Cat or Kitten

If your cat or kitten is not eating, try feeding a good commercial brand of canned cat food or chicken baby food. If your pet still does not eat, or has any vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, or sneezing, have your pet seen by a veterinarian right away. A kitten that does not eat for 24 hours must be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

 

Important! Have a bowl of fresh, clean, cold water available to your pet at all times. Do not give your pet milk; it is a common cause of diarrhea.

Vomiting or Diarrhea

One episode of vomiting or diarrhea may be caused by your pet’s change in diet and environment. If, however, your pet has multiple bouts of vomiting or diarrhea over a 24-hour period, or if your pet is also lethargic or not eating, seek veterinary care right away. If you notice any blood in your pet’s vomit or stool, see a veterinarian immediately. Always bring in a stool sample with your pet when possible.

Coughing or Sneezing

Occasional coughing or sneezing without a discharge from the eyes or nose may be normal. If your pet has repeated episodes of coughing or sneezing over 24 to 48 hours, or if it is accompanied by any discharge from the eyes or nose, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, your pet should be seen by a veterinarian right away.

 

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