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10 yrs old Yorkie been throwing up and pooping blood she is

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10 yrs old Yorkie been throwing up and pooping blood she is wheezing can't hold head up very well and has been over 24 hrs. Can't afford to take her to the vet is there anything else I could give her do you think she's going to pull through
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.

Cassie, I am very concerned for your companion. Her symptoms suggest that she is critical and may pass away from this. If there was ever a time to take her to the vet, it would be now.

To start, apply a small amount of honey or pancake syrup to her gums every 30 minutes for an hour. This should bring her glucose up if she has a low blood sugar. You will need to ensure she can swallow effectively before moving on to the following steps.

The next step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful.

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of the GI upset. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats.

I hope that she improves quickly and pulls through.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
It's my boyfriend's mom dog, and can't afford to take her to the vet. She has been like this for over 24 hrs now. They said she acts like she wants to drink but it seems like she can't open her mouth, her gums are black and can't/ or don't want to raise her head. I guess she had surgery a few months ago to have some lumps removed and due to financial issues wasn't able to have testing done....I feel like she needs to be put down and just getting info off the Web sounded like cancer but don't know 100% if the suggestions above help her improve how long , how much time do they wait for improvement before putting her to sleep?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.

Vomiting and defecating blood is not a sure sign of cancer, but it can be a sign of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE) , pancreatitis, a gastric ulceration, etc. If they cannot treat her and she's going downhill fast, euthanasia is the kindest thing to do. Her not being able to lift her head is very concerning. There's no time limit on waiting, I would go off of symptoms when electing when to euthanize.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.

Checking in, JA Customer. How is your companion doing?