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Dog Vomiting with Collapse (faint?)

November 8th, 2004, 08:23 PM
I have a 7 year old Keeshond who has vomited yellow bile from time to time since he was fairly young. Now the vomiting is more frequent (once or twice a week) and sometimes after heaving for several seconds he falls over sideways. He is no sooner down than he is back up - a little dazed for a few seconds and then back to his usual self (appetitie and all).

The blood tests, urine and stool samples all came out negative. The x-rays showed an elarged liver or spleen - vet couldn't tell which and said it could just be that that is the normal size of his liver. The bloodwork does not support liver or spleen problems.

The vet has offered a referral to a specialist in Toronto or exploratory surgery (not really recommended). I am not sure I can afford the specialit and am wondering if anyone can help me with this or have had similar experiences.

Thanks for your help.

November 8th, 2004, 09:44 PM
Consult another vet. Have the previous lab work forwarded to the new vet also.

November 2nd, 2005, 01:05 PM
Hi, my cat is doing the EXACT same thing. Vomitting yellow bial, and then collapsing. She's done it twice in a row. I asked my vet about it and she said it might be the medication she's taking. My cat has a heart condition I'm treating her for, but she's had this condition for years, and this vomiting & collapsing has just started. I noticed your post was from a year ago. Did you find out anything about it with your dog you could share with me?
Much appreciated,

November 2nd, 2005, 01:49 PM
User was last here in June. I don't think they're coming back.

November 2nd, 2005, 10:05 PM
That's why we so wish that people would come back with updates... :(

November 7th, 2005, 02:23 PM
:pawprint: That's why we so wish that people would come back with updates... :(

Yep, I asked this sight to send an intermediary email to her, but haven't received any message back. Luckily my cat isn't doing it anymore, and seems to be more peppy. I don't know if she was dehydrated, or was affected by her medication. My vet told me to stop one of the meds that could cause nausea. What's wierd is I've seen her vomit before from drinking too much water or what have you, but she never collapsed. Vomitting or collapsing are all symptoms of all kinds of illnesses, but I don't come across vomitting AND collapsing together as a symptom of anything. Well, I have an appointment with the vet today, and I expect her bloodwork to come back better than last since she seems more herself. I'm trying to post a picture of her, hopefully it shows up on my profile. Her name is Cokie.

November 7th, 2005, 03:58 PM
My oldest cat Rocky actually did the same thing,he threw up and collapsed,although not yellow bile.He's done it at least twice every summer..
The vet took all kinds of tests but it's still a mystery.
He recovers quickly,but it is a scary thing when it happens.
This summer it only happend once..I believe he had sunstrokes,but he has no lasting damage from his episodes.

November 7th, 2005, 10:10 PM

I am BaileysMom who originally posted the problem. Bailey is not keeling over anymore but my theory is that it was the flea control medication. He only did this in the summer and the timing was right on with that medication. When I stopped it he stopped keeling over. He still vomits now and then but does not collapse. I spent $1,000 trying to find out what was causing it and the vet found nothing. She said that flea medication does not commonly cause this but anything is possible.

Let me know how you make out Guerilla.


November 7th, 2005, 11:38 PM
Was it Hartz that had the big recall of flea meds? What brand of flea stuff were you using Bailey's mom? (Thanks for coming back with an update!:) )

November 8th, 2005, 04:13 PM
Hi Prin:

This year I started to use Sentinal (sp?) with both flea and heart worm protection (the kind that you put on the skin on the back of the neck) and his collapsing started again.

Last year I used a different brand but I can't remember what it was called. That was when the collapsing all started. I also had not given him much of it prior to that because we didn't have a problem.

I don't think this is probably brand specific because it happened both times with different brands.
Hopefully this helps


November 8th, 2005, 06:13 PM
Yes, it does, thanks for the clarification.:)

November 8th, 2005, 07:00 PM
Hi Baileysmom,
I received your fwd email from the sight manager. Thank you very much. Thanks for your response too Chico. Luckily Cokie hasnít had anymore episodes since the first two times. The last visit to the vet finally showed much better results. Most of her visits were for her heart, buildup of liquid in her lungs and kidney problems. The med she was taken off of, thinking it was the cause of her vomiting and collapsing, is called digoxin. Since sheís doing much better, the vet recommended a smaller dose less often. Iíll be watching her very close. I now suspect thatís what the cause was and possibly the interaction with all her other meds she was taking earlier this month. I donít give her any flea control but its surprising how two things so different can cause the same type of reaction. Well, the five visits to the vet has made a world of difference and Iím happy to report Cokie is doing much better. Thanks again for your responses.

November 9th, 2005, 08:11 AM
Ryan,that's good to hear,thank's for the update! Your cat is lucky to have a wonderful owner:love:
My Rocky(10yrs old)has had no more episodes since June.I used Advantage very sparingly this summer,only half a doze and only for two months.
Next summer I will probably take a chance and not use it at all,after all,we are putting pesticide on our animals,can't be good.

November 12th, 2005, 10:45 AM
Hello All,

I was very interested to see this string of posts. My dog, Nikita, has had a similar problem lately. Three times in the last two weeks she has vomitted the yellow bile and just fell over. Today it was quite scary because she was on the ground longer than the first two. I had brought her to the vet on Monday - he thought she just had a virus and has her on antibiotics. She has been eating fine and we have been monitoring what goes in and out (as per vet's orders). Nikita hasn't had the flea drop since early last month so I'm not sure that this is the cause for her.

This is truely frightening.


November 12th, 2005, 11:36 AM
I would suggest getting her to the emergency vet's asap, the antibiotics don't seem to be helping if she's still having episodes (as you said, today's being much worse than previously). Please post back and let us know how she's doing :)