How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask ERAnimalNurse Your Own Question
ERAnimalNurse, Emergency Critical Care Nurse
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 2302
Experience:  16+ years of veterinary experience
Type Your Dog Question Here...
ERAnimalNurse is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My westie is acting very depressed. She is vomiting dark (looks

This answer was rated:

My westie is acting very depressed. She is vomiting dark (looks black) and smells like feces. When she poops, it's oblong and the same color as she vomited up. She has a sensitive stomach so I go through his often, but it's never been like this. I've gotten meds from my vet for the upset stomach & vomiting, but she still is not well. She just lays around & is going hours without vomiting. Do you think she will be ok until Monday when the vet opens? Oh, & just noticed that her pee must be dark bc the hair around there is dark. That's never happened before.



I am so sorry your dog is so sick. I am very concerned about her, and I do not think it is a good idea to wait until Monday to have her seen. I think it is a good idea to take her to the nearest emergency vet right now. The dark vomit, stools and urine are very worrisome. They may be dark because there is blood in them, or they may be dark due to a byproduct of kidney damage and tissue break down (myoglobin).


There are so many things that might be going on with her, it's not really possible to tell you exactly what it is. Since she has had previous issues with her stomach, I am concerned about pancreatitis.


Another concern is hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.


She may have an intestinal obstruction due to a foreign body, or any number of other illnesses. Given her age, illnesses like diabetes, cushings and hypothyroidism are less likely, but may need to be ruled out. And of course, something other than what I have mentioned may be going on.


BotXXXXX XXXXXne, it sounds like she is painful, and very sick. The longer you wait to have her seen, the worse she will get and the more expensive and difficult it will be to get her well again. Please consider having her seen right away, and let me know if I can be of further assistance. Good luck, I hope she feels better soon.

ERAnimalNurse and 2 other Dog Specialists are ready to help you