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Is she losing eye contact because her eyes are moving left/right?
her entire head moves left to right
If you hold her head still are her eyes shifting side to side
no. her head is really heavy in my hands.
Does she seem dizzy?
her whole body is heavier.
Has she vomited at all?
Her belly can swell because of swallowing air or other issues
Has she had an appetite at all?
yes, she is always hungry...she ate her dinner.
Could you look at her gum color for me (pink, white, yellow)?
she keeps licking her lips
Do you have an ability to take her temperature? You can use a digital thermometer
Licking her lips is an indication of nausea
Can you walk her around at all? Walking will help with the nausea and cramping
yes, i can try. i just put vaseline on the end of it, right?
yes, she can walk on the floor. she can't get herself up on the bed though.
and i have to carry her up/down the stairs
Even if you are just walking around the yard a bit
we've been out a few times now, and she takes a long time to find a spot
I am having a hard time relating the nausea, bloated belly, and balance issues together
The only possibility is something related to the brain, such as a vestibular issue
Any chance of trauma or ingestion of anything like a plant?
what really worries me is the size of her stomach and how heavy she is...she is only 8/10 pounds, but feels heavier. it is a noticeable difference.
no trauma that I know of or ingesting a plant...
It sounds like it might be best to have her seen tonight...
she did make a whole in chicken stock, but i found most if the cardboard...
I doubt you will sleep tonight if you do not bring her in by the concern I am getting from you now
well, that's what I was afraid of. my husband is away in TX, while I am in VA with my 7 year old. We don't have family or anyone nearby to look after him.
she did drinnk a lot of water earlier and was able to pee afterwards.
And you cannot take him with you because of the hour?
yes, it's 11:30 here. he's been asleep for a while. I was hopiing she would be ok through the night until the morning...
are there any other reasons as to why her stomach would have grown like this?
She is pink, it does not sound like it is progressive
Swallowing a lot of air, a twisted gut is unlikely in a dog her size, ingestion of something that has caused this
I am worried about the bloat (again, try walking around the backyard or patting her like a baby to release the gas) but moreso about the neurologic signs you are describing
i just remembered she ate one of our cats' throw up...coiuld that be the problem?
It could be a contributing factor
thank you. i will let her down and walk with her. she is not complaining at all. is that good or bad?
That is good
Can I answer any other questions for you before you go?
No. thank you for your time. I appreciate it.
Glad I could help
Good luck tonight