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my dog is vomiting and cant stand up

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my dog is vomiting and can't stand up
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 5 years ago.
Hello. Thanks for writing in. What color are his gums? How often has he vomited? Is his abdomen bloated? If you press on his abdomen from both sides is he painful? Any recent change in diet, given human food, or gotten into anything else?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Gums are pink

doesn't seem to have pain

mixed white rice with dog food 3-4 hrs ago

Expert:  Dr. John replied 5 years ago.

Thanks. Does his abdomen seem bloated? How often has he vomited? Is he able to get up and walk around at all? What about if you lift him up?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Has vomited twice in 3 hrs both times about an hour ago

she seems aliitle bloated

can stand on front legs but can't stay up on rear legs even if I hold her up

Expert:  Dr. John replied 5 years ago.
Thanks for the information. There is definitely concern with this issue. Inability to stand, coupled with vomiting usually warrants a trip to the emergency vet. It could be a bloated abdomen, a twisted stomach, spleen or intestinal loops (very serious - but usually painful with spleen and intestinal loop twisting), fluid buildup in the abdomen from heart, liver or kidney problems;a bleeding or ruptured tumor in the abdomen (especially with and older dog), toxin ingestion, ruptured intestinal tract from a gastrointestinal foreign body or a herniated disk in the back. All of these conditions carry a better prognosis if diagnosed and treated earlier than later. There really isn't anything you can give at home either that would be safe for her besides keeping her in a comfortable area. I would have her evaluated tonight. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope this helps.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She seems to be alert and resting well right now, do you think (without liability) that I could not watch her carefully and unless she seems uncomfortable, take her to the vet lst thing tomorrow?
Expert:  Dr. John replied 5 years ago.
If she seems to be improving (walking on her own, pink gums, not painful and strong pulse - high on inner mid thigh), you can probably watch her, but if her condition returns or deteriorates anymore, I would have her seen immediately. If her abdomen continues to look bloated, the best thing to do is to have her seen regardless and the condition can get worse very fast. Hope this helps. Good luck!!
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