Vomiting: ďThe Village
Since this is the most
common ailment presented to me in the Village, I thought I would take you
through some of the common sense methods which both I and you can use to
decide where or why the vomiting is taking place. I hope that this system will
assist you in dealing with this very common problem.
First, a definition.
Emesis is the medical term for vomiting. This action is a very complex action
requiring many systems in the body for the resulting emptying reflex of the
stomach. Your feline and canine friends can also vomit at will if they donít
like something or are stressed. They donít have to be sick.
Acute Vomiting ; When
your friend begins to vomit with no recent history of symptoms , the
condition is termed acute. The severity of the vomiting can also be classified
into projectile or simple vomiting. Most of the time this vomiting, with no
real warning signs, is caused by a food incompatibility or a foreign
substance. Grass causes vomiting. However, it is generally consumed by your
friend because of an upset stomach. Grass is not the reason. Something else
started the upset. There is an unacceptable substance ,or too much acid, in
the stomach. Your friend wants to get rid of the stomach contents. Most of the
grass-induced vomiting in the Village is due simply to food incompatibility
and secondary hyperacidity, in my findings.
The second most
frequent cause of acute emesis is from a viral or bacterial infection. In most
cases , a virus will attack your friendís immune system, weaken it, and let
bacteria invade the digestive system, resulting in vomiting. Your friend may
be feverish. However, you cannot feel your friendís head nor can you tell by a
dry or wet nose, whether a fever is present. Only a rectal temperature will
indicate whether a fever is present. Infections and fever can cause vomiting
and not be located in the digestive system. Please remember that emesis is a
protective mechanism of the body to simply attempt to rid the system of
disease or the products of disease.
Emesis from simple
indigestion: Many of your friends simply have too much of the good life in
the form of frequent snacks and excessive amounts of food. The occasional
vomiting of undigested food and the urge to eat grass can be a sign . Simply
eliminating all snacks for three days and reducing feeding frequency to twice
daily should give you some idea if this is the problem. Since emesis is such a
general reaction to many categories of disease, it can also be the first sign
of a serious problem. Recurring emesis that does not respond to fasting in 24
hours may be a sign of a more serious condition.
condition is the first concern in vomiting. Fluid loss to the body can be very
serious. Gator-Aide or Pedialyte are the common sources for fluid
replenishment. However, you must give very small amounts to prevent more
emesis. Solid food is not necessary in the first 24-48 hours. Sugared water;
1 tsp. per cup of water, is a simple way to keep up your friendís energy
level while the condition is correcting itself.
Give your friends a hug for