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My dog is weak, he is having seizures, he can barely walk ...

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My dog is weak, he is having seizures, he can barely walk without getting tripped up over his feet. He is a four year old chihuahua. He won''t eat anything without throwing it right back up. He started about 2 or 3 days ago throwing up, then he lost the ability to use his back legs. The next day he started having seizures and he had them all day long. He just had his first one today about 20 minutes ago. I don''t know what to do for him. Please help!

Hi there!

Welcome to Just Answer! I would like to help you and your Teacup Chihuahua, but need a bit more information, please.

When did this all start?

When did he last eat?

Could he have gotten into something he should not have (people food, garbage, etc)?

When did you last give Karo syrup?

I am very concerned that your dog may be suffering from HYPOGLYCEMIA (low blood sugar). I would like you to go right now and treat him for this by giving him a teaspoon of honey, karo syrup, corn syrup or maple syrup. See if he will lick it off your finger, or rub it on his gums.

Go do this now, and then let me know how he is after 1- 2 minutes!


Customer: replied 9 years ago.
It started on Sunday when he threw up small amounts of his dog food.

He last ate on Monday. He would eat small amounts and then throw it up.

There was no way he could have gotten into anything he shouldn't have.

The last time we gave him Karo Syrup was yesterday but it was mixed with water. When we first got him as a puppy he was 5 weeks old and he was lifeless and stiff. So we gave him Karo Syrup in water then also. (every 2 hours and after 2 days he recovered.)

Now i just gave him more Karo like you said, and he wouldn't lick it so i rubbed it on his gums. But there doesn't seem to be any change.

Hi again,

There are a number of things that could be going on with your little dog. From what you are describing, I am VERY concerned that without prompt veterinary care he might die. For a dog this size to not eat anything for 4 or more days, he is certainly going to have seizures due to low blood sugar. This means that there is no food for his brain. His blood sugar is likely dangerously low, and I fear he might not survive the night without care.

As I said, there are a lot of different possibilities for what may be going on with your dog. The ones that I would be considering if he came to see me are:

1. One of the things that I think of first in a young dog is that he may have a Gastrointestinal Foreign Body. Dogs eat the strangest things - plastic bags, children's toys, bones, bits of towel, socks, rocks and other things. Often, these foreign bodies pass through the intestinal tract, but sometimes they do not. They may get caught in the stomach or the small intestines.

The symptoms of a GI foreign body are generally vomiting, loss of appetite, depression and dehydration. If your dog consumed an object that is caught in the small intestines, it might explain the symptoms that you are seeing. This would be particulary true if the object were something like a ball that could bob over pylorus (outflow from the stomach) and then move away again. Thus, water could pass through but not food.

In the case of an obstruction, surgery is often needed to remove the foreign object. I will include further information about GI foreign bodies:

If I examined your small dog and was concerned about a foreign body, I would probably recommend x-rays to see if a foreign object were visible. A plastic bag would not show up on x-rays. It does, however, show up very well if the dog is given some barium (a type of milkshake like drink) by mouth. Then a determination can be made about how best to get this out of the dog, or whether it might move through on its own.

2. It is possible your little dog simply has gastroenteritis from eating something he shouldn't have. Table scraps or twigs and leaves could be the culprit! Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines and can be caused by a large number of things, including sudden dietary changes.

3. Another possibility is Parasites. Here is a link to information about whipworms which are notoriously hard to identify by fecal analysis, and are not killed with pyrantel pamoate (standard puppy dewormer):

4. A bacterial infection: Dogs can be affected by overgrowths of bacteria in the intestines. In an adult dog these might not be more than a nuisance, but in a pup they can be serious. The 3 most common are Campylobacter, Salmonella and E.Coli. Here is a link with more information:

5. Parvo virus. Parvo is a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea, often with blood. It causes severe dehydration, and untreated often results in death. Usually, it would take a couple of days of untreated vomiting and diarrhea before the dog died.

Puppies are routinely vaccinated for Parvo virus as part of their regular vaccines. These are usually given at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. Once fully vaccinated, there is a virtually zero chance of a dog getting Parvo virus. Some breeds are more susceptible to Parvo - this means that they get sicker and take longer to recover than other breeds. The susceptible breeds are Rottweillers, Dobermans and Labrador Retrievers.

Here are links to more information:

The botXXXXX XXXXXne is that there are a number of possibilities for what may be going on. Your vet would need to do a physical exam and possibly some diagnostic tests to figure out what the underlying problem is. I would start with a fecal sample, blood test and abdominal x-rays. It sounds like it is time to find out what is going on!

I realize that there may be financial limitations on your ability to seek veterinary care. I will give you some links to financial aid in order to help you.

I'd start with the local animal shelters to see if they know of any low cost or subsidized vet care in your area.
Nationally here are some groups that might help you afford the vet bills:

American Animal Hospital Association
" Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."

Angels 4 Animals
"Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment
to those pets and pet owners in need."

Care Credit
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
"With a comprehensive range of plan options, for
treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan
and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every

God's Creatures Ministry
"This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help."

"Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the
working poor."

"We are dedicated to insure that no
companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker
is financially challenged."

The Pet Fund
"The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that
provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need
urgent veterinary care."

United Animal Nations
"The m ission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued
animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require
specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve
Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured
animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens
and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care."

They also keep a list of local and national help resources here

I wish there were a quick and easy home remedy that I could give you for your little Teacup Chihuahua, but there just isn't. He really needs to see a vet! This is urgent!!

If this has been helpful, please accept my answer and leave feedback. I will still be here to provide more information if you need it!

Best wishes and good luck to you and your pet! Fiona

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