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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- What breed is she?
2- How long has this been going on?
3- Did these symptoms come on quickly? Or, did she have trouble with her back legs prior to this?
4- Any pre existing medical conditions?
5- Does she have a head tilt?
1- Did she get into anything?
2- Can you look at her eyes and see if they are going side to side or up and down?
Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.
Friend, the symptoms that you are describing are consistent with a neurological disorder. Given the quick onset we need to rule out things like: Vestibular disease, this is when the system that controls balance goes off, thromboembolic episodes (stroke-like), etc. Less likely we can see similar symptoms with heart disease or abdominal tumors. The vomiting is simply a consequence of any of the above mentioned diseases.
In this case unfortunately we are very limited as to what you can do at home. The first thing is determining what is the exact underlying cause. She is going to need a hands on examination with a veterinarian, blood work and +/-xrays as initial screening test. Highly recommend having her checked this morning. In the meantime, remove the food and water until the vomiting is under control. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.
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If her eyes are moving side to side this is likely to be nystagmus which further supports vestibular disease as described above.
Please reply if you have additional questions.