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July 20, 2011 at 3:43 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Pet Illness

By Dr. Char Wilson, DVM More Blogs by This Author

Dr. Char Wilson talks about pet ailments and how to evaluate the symptoms of pet illness.
Host, Gerry Barnaby- Barnaby here—another VETiONX Moment where we’re going to ask the doctor—she, being Dr.Char, a holistic veterinarian. So, Dr. Char, a lot of people are writing in to the website asking about illnesses with pets. Specifically, from one person, what should I do when my dog vomits?
Health Coach. Dr. Char Wilson, DVM-  Well, you know, you should look at what has been going on with the animal. Has your dog been outside unattended? Has he eaten something? Look for remnants of whatever, you know in the vomit or around the house. It’s amazing what an animal will eat that you would never dream of. And so you want to know that, and then if you know, you should probably also just feel your animal, you know, touch it and look at the color of its gums, its teeth, you know, just look at it and see if you notice anything at all that’s different.
Barnaby-  What would be the right color of gum? Pink?
Dr. Char-  So, they should be pink. They shouldn’t be overly red, you know, and if you can’t really understand, if you haven’t come up with a reason why, then I would suggest that you bring your dog or your cat to the veterinarian for a physical. Because sometimes that can be the beginning of, you know, cancer or something else. The sooner you know what the problem is and administer treatment, the better that would be.
Barnaby-  Well, I am imagining that this would be more than one vomiting incident that this person is speaking of, because they throw up because, for whatever, it seems like—you know, they’ll go out and eat grass. A lot of people think that’s because they’re not feeling well. Is that in fact so?
Dr. Char-  Well, they do eat grass if they’re not feeling well, but then you have to ask— why are they not feeling well?
Barnaby-  Yep, because I’ve walked into the room and seen just a pile of chunks, which would be the dog food, and I’m thinking, “Well, either the dog maybe was overheated, had been exercising recently, wasn’t ready for food, ate the food out of reflex, threw it up, and you never see it again.” So you assume, well, if it only threw up once—probably not a problem.
Dr. Char-  Well, generally it’s not a problem. However, recently I had a client that came in—her dog threw up once. She was a little suspicious, because she feeds an excellent diet. She took her dog to the vet and the dog actually had cancer. In that case, now the dog is doing really well; it’s on a holistic protocol and, you know, so most people would not have caught that probably for another year or so.
Barnaby-  So, maybe, err on the side of being conservative and if your dog or cat does throw up, take it to the vet?
Dr. Char-  Take it to the vet!
Barnaby-  Alrighty! One in the bad for me, in that column, because I just thought, “The dog’s going to be okay,” and thankfully, she was. Dr. Char, thanks so very much! It is another VETiONX Moment because truly, at VETiONX your pet is our pet, and we invite your feedback at

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