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Dog vomiting and limping.

Species: Dog
Breed: terrier/chihuahua
Age: 1-2 years
as of this morning, Izzy threw up twice, within about 30 seconds, and then stopped.
seemed to be feeling better until around 4pm, and then we noticed that she was limping and acting weak maybe or sick, she is eating a burrito because we couldnt get her to eat her dog food or drink water.
she stays inside mostly, just taken out to potty. her limp seems to be getting worse, but no visible signs of injury. also, she does not whimper when we mess w/ her leg and paw, so it's hard to tell if she is just in pain or something is wrong with her health.
do you have any idea what this could be?
rescued this dog, and have not wormed yet, had her for a little over a month.

Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Sorry to hear that Izzy is not feeling well! There are a number of things that can cause vomiting, but not many things that would cause vomiting plus limping.

The first thing I thought of when I read your question was that perhaps she has suffered a bee or wasp sting. If she was stung on a paw then this could cause the pain. Many animals will vomit as a mild allergic reaction to a bee sting.

If this is a sting, there is no harm in giving her some Benadryl. A dog of Izzy's size can have 1/4 to 1/2 of a 25 mg tablet.

Another possibility is if there is an infection or abscess somewhere on her leg or in her muscles. This can cause vomiting as well as pain. However, usually we can see some type of a wound.

There are some unusual tick borne diseases that can cause both vomiting and lameness but the symptoms usually come on much slower than what you have described.

It is also possible that Izzy has somehow fractured a bone. Often it can be hard to tell by just feeling the leg. The pain from a fracture could conceivably make her nauseous and cause the vomiting.

If she is still limping by the morning I would definitely recommend a vet visit. Your vet will likely want to do some blood work to see if there is any infection or other obvious condition present. They may want to do some xrays as well. The vet can prescribe some medication for pain as well. Unfortunately there is no over the counter medication for pain that I can recommend.

For tonight, keep her as quiet as possible. I'd be careful not too offer her any people food. Eating the burrito can cause her further stomach upset. It won't hurt her to go a little while without food.

I hope she feels better soon!
Dr. Marie.

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Customer reply:

thank you for your help, i have one more thing to add. she always gets REALLY excited when we have company, when they come through the door, she goes nuts, but this evening she didn't even budge. she is just laying there. and she doesnt really respond to affection either.
i'm not sure if the vommitting and the way she is acting are related, i know smaller dogs often vommit.
is there any illness that hits suddenly? just as a worse case scenario? she is seeming to show pain underneath her left shoulder. at the top of the leg. just being paranoid. this is my wife's new child. very worried. and thank you again for your help

Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

You're very welcome. The lethargy can be either due to pain or because she is feeling nauseous. It really isn't a specific sign of anything.

Another possibility is if she has some neck or back pain. This is quite common in little dogs. Often neck pain can look like leg pain as the animal will limp on the side that is sore.

It does sound like she should see a vet in the morning. If she seems really uncomfortable then an emergency visit tonight is not a bad idea. That way she can get some pain medicine into her sooner.

In a dog this young it is unlikely that this is anything life threatening...but it is definitely hard to say for sure what is going on without actually examining her.

Hope that helps!

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