my 180 lb Great Dane has limited mobility in her hind legs, and her breathing is very labored. She has not eaten in two days, and when she drinks water, she will purge a white, foamy substance. She is 11 years old and we are unable to get her to the emergency vet with her lack of mobility. Please advise. . . . .
Hi there and welcome to Just answer!! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
WE always worry about Great Danes because of the possibility of a Gastric Torsion or twisted stomach. If she appears bloated, this is an emergency and will require immediate assistance. This labored breathing is telling you she is in a great deal of pain. They are also prone to Atrial Fibrillation which can cause similar symptoms and can be life threatening also. If she is suffering from a minor digestive disturbance, then Pepto Bismol at 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds of her Weight given every 8 hrs will help. Keep only small amounts of water or give her ice cubes because this gulping water will cause this vomiting. If she has not had noticeable improvement within a day, or even a few hours, I would urge you to find some help to get her to the ER vet....i know this seems hard but because of her age and severity of these symptoms, I fear her life may be in danger....
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25 years of experience in surgery and internal medicine