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I am sorry to hear that Luna is having vomiting, diarrhea, and balance issues. I am also concerned about her losing balance. Is her head tilted to one side, or do you notice her eyes moving from side to side or up and down in fast movements?
Thanks for the information. If the problem was just occurring in the back limbs, I would be more concerned about a herniated disk in the back. It is possible to still have a herniated disk in the neck that can affect all 4 limbs. I wouldn't expect vomiting and diarrhea, so I do have some concern about an infection or trauma to her vestibular system or some other metabolic disease that is affecting her nervous system, such as liver problems.
I cannot rule out a herniated disk or some other musculoskeletal problems. A disk problem would be uncommon in a dog her age unless there was a congenital malformation. If it was just the vomiting and diarrhea, then some over-the-counter medications may help Pepcid (https://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/drug-library/library/famotidine-pepcid-for-dogs-and-cats/) may help with mild nausea. Pepto Bismol (https://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/drug-library/library/bismuth-subsalicylate-pepto-bismol-kaopectate-for-dogs-and-cats/) can help as well as long as there is no blood in the vomit or stool. I prefer a kaolin/pectin antidiarrhea medication, and a probiotic for dogs from the pet store. While usually safe, as with any human medication, it may not be safe for all pets. I always recommend checking with your vet to make sure there is nothing in the history to make it contraindicated for her.
If weak enough from the stomach issues, it could cause that lack of balance, but that usually means it is severe.
Because of the balance issue, I would recommend getting her seen today to be on the safe side. If she is vomiting often, such as more than 3 times in a 24 hour period, she should be seen anyway.
I did mention some about 3 posts ago.
Something dietary will most likely not help with any issue. If her blood sugar was low, sugary water may help, but that is not something we usually recommend for gastrointestinal problems. We may recommend boneless skinless chicken breast and rice, but that is only because it is bland enough that they may eat it and not vomit it up. It will not help with the underlying issue. Ingestion of something toxic would also have me concerned. Can you think of anything she could have gotten into?
I would look around the yard and home just in case. Any pesticides used recently?
It is possible for something they have ingested before to start to cause gastrointestinal problems. It just seems more pronounced than I would expect the symptoms to be.
If you do, I wouldn't give it long. If she continues to be unbalanced in the next hour, gets worse at any time, or if she continues to vomit; I would have her seen immediately.
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