Summertime Means Cookouts with Tempting High-Fat Foods

Even though our pets occasionally experience vomiting and diarrhea, it’s important to remember that if it goes on, it could be gastroenteritis.

Just like in people, gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, has lots of causes. The one that we can successfully impact is the one that involves our behavior! Giving in to our fur faces’ pleading looks at that cookout with ice cream or other high-fat foods can lead to the onset of this condition.

Prolonged vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration, which can become life threatening. It’s hard to tell our pets that they have to drink water even if they don’t feel like it!

Signs of Gastroenteritis

  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry mouth and nose
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Changes in skin elasticity
  • Increased thirst
  • Decreased urination
  • Elevated heard rate
  • Panting
  • Loss of appetite

If your four-legged family member shows these signs, you head to the vet. Your pet will likely go through non-invasive diagnostic procedures, and may be given subcutaneous or intravenous fluids, as well as medications when indicated.

For more information, check out this overview from Northridge Animal Clinic.