Spring is a time of year when we see a few cases of gastrointestinal upset in dogs. When the snow finally melts there are lots of things that are now available to be tasted by curious dogs. Symptoms of GI upset include vomiting and diarrhea. Usually the symptoms are mild and the dog is otherwise bright and alert. When a patient comes in with signs of gastrointestinal upset we will start with a fecal test which will rule out parasites. If that is negative we will recommend a bland diet for a few days and in some cases an antibiotic that helps settle the stomach. A bland diet can be a prescription diet which you would pick up at a veterinary office or home made boiled white rice and lean meat such as chicken breast or ground beef. Vomiting can be an emergency if it doesn’t stop and or is unproductive. Always consult with your veterinarian when vomiting or diarrhea occur in your pet so that they can help with treatment and minimize symptoms.