Upper abdominal pain, usually in the epigastric area, is a common complaint of dogs. It is frequently seen after eating or drinking and is often associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or gastric neoplasia. Pain may also be seen in the cecum and ascending colon, depending on the location of the pain and the extent of the disease. Most dogs with upper abdominal pain will respond to conservative medical treatment. Severe cases may require endoscopic evaluation to rule out gastroenteritis, partial intestinal obstruction, stricture, neoplasia, or foreign body ingestion. Some dogs with upper abdominal pain have no underlying cause and should be monitored closely to monitor for signs of signs of distress.
Vomiting is one of the most common signs of an upper respiratory infection (URI) in dogs. In small animals, two to three times more cats than dogs have an upper respiratory infection. Cats with an upper respiratory infection often have other symptoms that include nasal discharge, sneezing, cough, and fever. Dogs typically have a milder version of the disease, and only about 10% of dogs will have sneezing or coughing. The infectious agent, or agents, responsible for URIs are usually viruses, although bacteria can also be the cause in some animals. Dogs with URIs typically respond well to treatment with supportive care, and antibiotics are seldom used. The American College of Veterinary Practitioners discourages the use of antibiotics, unless the URI is severe, likely to be due to bacterial infection, or the owner requests an antibiotic. The owner should be educated about signs of antibiotic resistance and the value of long-term health.
My cat of a usually healthy 7yo who has been vomiting more frequently recently. At baseline, he will commit once or twice a month, usually in the setting of regurgitation after eating too quickly. For the past 3-5 days, however, I have woken up to find that he has a large vomit overnight. He is otherwise eating a drinking well and no other obvious health changes, and no known diarrhea (he often goes to the bathroom outside, but no episodes in the house).
My cat is a usually healthy 7yo who has been vomiting more frequently recently. At baseline, he will commit once or twice a month, usually in the setting of regurgitation after eating too quickly. For the past 3-5 days, however, I have woken up to find that he has a large vomit overnight.