When You Need to Consult Your Vet
If you pet shows any of the following symptoms you should consult your vet immediately:
- Vomiting straight straight after food – this could indicate that there is a foreign body stuck in your pet’s stomach or intestine·
- Vomiting and drinking more – this could be the first signs of something more serious such as kidney disease·
- Chronic diarrhoea, particularly if vomiting too, will make your pet dehydrate very quickly.
The Need to Fast Your Pet
If your pet is suffering from very mild diarrhoea or has vomited once for no reason, and is fine in every other way, it may be necessary to withhold all food for 24 hours. During this time, your pet must have access to plenty of fresh, clean water and you must not be tempted to give small treats or snacks.
Puppies and kittens under the age of 6 months should not be fasted without first consulting your vet.
During this period of fasting, watch your pet’s behaviour. Is it quiet or listless? Does it slope off to hide? Also, monitor its faeces for frequency, diarrhoea, blood, mucus or foreign material. If you are at all concerned about your pet or your pet’s symptoms get worse, you should consult your vet.
The Correct Diet After Fasting
After the fasting period, if your pet’s symptoms have gone, it would be advisable to give your pet small amounts of a bland diet, such as Hill's i/d which is available from your veterinary surgeon. Feeding this over 2-3 days will help to settle your pet's tummy. Thereafter, you can gradually return to its previous feeding habits. At first, feed it small amounts but frequently (3 to 6 times daily).
If you have fasted your pet under the instructions of your vet, your vet will advise you on the best diet for your pet, following the fasting. This will vary and depend upon the illness your pet was suffering from. To ensure your pet makes a speedy recovery, it is essential that you follow your vet’s feeding instructions and do not feed your pet anything else including any treats.