My yorkie was vomiting- what is this a sign of?

Hello. I am new to this forum. My two year old male yorkie, Romeo, died tonight. Both my husband and I are shocked and devastated. We felt like he was one of our children. I keep blaming myself for not spending the $300 the vet said that we could if we wanted to have tests run. He was vomiting and I took him to the vet. The vet said he may have gotten into someone's garbage or even gotten a virus and that is why he was vomiting, because everything else looked normal. Since by that time, he seemed to be feeling a little better, I decided to forego the tests unless he got worse, which I was hoping and didn't think he would, since he seemed better. He was walking around and seemed more alert. The vet gave him a shot to make him feel better and for the vomiting and something to give him if he started vomiting again. I went home. He suddenly started acting limp, which I thought was a sign that the medicine was working and was relaxing him. He was like that for 10 minutes. After petting him and feeling his body, I decided it tidn't feel normal to me. It was like his eyes were wide open and alert, but his body was not. I called the vet, who said to bring him in. On the way there, he got worse and couldn't even lift his head. My husband and I drove like a maniac to the emergency vet clinic, going way past the speed limit, and praying the whole way. Just before we got there, he threw his head back and his whole body stiffened, like he was going into a coma. I started rubbing him, crying, and praying harder. We ran in as soon as we got there, me bawling my head off and handed him to the nurse, who took him immediately back to the doctor. They tried to stabalize him, but he died in the vet's office. My husband and I are just in agony. He was our only yorkie and was our baby. He had never had any problems before and seemed like any normal yorkie. (although he was almost 10 pounds, it wasn't overweight, he was actually long and skinny.) I can't think of what could have happened to him. Can anyone tell me what this sounds like, or if it signs for something? He vomited quite a bit and acted weak. He acted better after the first vet visit, but then got worse. I took him again, and he got even worse. I just want to make sure this never happens again, but I don't know how I can, since I don't even know what was wrong with him. It just came on so sudden. He seemed so happy and healthy to me before. He was very loved and spoiled. Can someone give me an idea of what it could have been? I just feel like I need to know. And I guess I just need someone to talk to. I can't sleep. It's so hard for me, because I keep seeing him like he was right before he died, not like he was when he was my happy and hyper baby. Anyone who can post would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Bethany..I'm so sorry you lost your little Romeo today. How difficult it must have been for you to go through this.
It could have been one of so many things. Unfortunately these guys are so little that they go downhill so very quickly, it seems.
We lost our terrier mix in January to pancreatitis...there was vomiting involved with that...mostly bile, but with vomiting it could have been so many things.
I hope you're able to get some rest, though I know it's difficult. Please don't blame yourself! Your little one was obviously very, very ill and chances are that tests wouldn't have been able to save him.
There is a wonderful forum here for those who have lost their little's a wonderful place for support. There are some lovely people there who understand your grief and pain. I hope you can stay with us here at's helpful to be able to talk about our sure helps one to feel better.
warm hugs

I am so sorry for your loss............deeply sorry.

I am also thinking pancreatitis might be the cause, were you feeding him table food? This can cause severe vomiting and eventual death if not treated.
I am sorry for your loss, most here understand how traumatic it is to loose one! So very sorry.

I am sorry for your loss

So sorry for your loss. It is so difficult to know what makes these little ones go down so quickly. You did the right thing by taking him to the vet so please don't feel guilty. I am sorry your first post had to be such a tragic one. Please stay and let us be there for you at this sad time.

I am so very sorry for your loss of Romeo. Please don't blame yourself. I am sure you did the best you could. Sometimes there is just no explanation.

I copied this from a previous thread posted here last year. Please pay attention and never feed people food. There seems to be a lot of pancreatitis symptoms in the forum lately! I am so sorry for your loss! God bless you in your time of need!
Yorkie Pancreatitis - PLEASE PAY ATTENTION!
This is been my month so far......On July 2nd we woke and our 6 1/2 year old Precious, 4.8 lbs, had thrown up her dog food in our bed. (All sleep with us)..All cleaned up and then she seemed fine all day Sat and Sun. The morning of the 4th, I woke to diarrea on my pillow and she was still laying there. ...All cleaned up again and she acted ok but like she just had upset tummy or didn't feel really perky. That was about 8 am and approx 3 pm we left to go for a ride and have dinner. When we arrived home about 7 she was GONE! No explanation from our vet, said we could get an autopsy but often they did not show the real cause of death for sure. We didn't want that anyway as the pain was already unbearable for my husband and I. We had her cremated and she sits in my office in her little urn.
On the evening at 2 in the am of the 10th, our other yorkie, vomited. I was still up and saw this. Watched her til about 3 and she kinda spit up again. By 8 that morning my husband had her at the hospital. She was diagnosed with pancreatitis. She was touch and go and in ICU for two days.
Thank God Sassi is home and much better but our sweet baby girl Precious is gone forever, til we meet at the bridge!
This disease runs in yorkies. As a matter of fact they are the #2 most suceptible. (sp?)
PLEASE do not feed your babies table scraps or anything with fat! I beg you to pay attention if your yorkie starts vomiting and get her to a Dr IMMEDIATELY!
Don't want others to go thru what we have been through the last 13 days and certainly do not want any babies to suffer cause you may not know this!

I am feeling your same pain and dispair right now. We also lost our Yorkie Sammy last night. I have a post in this forum under hemorrhagic gastroenterits and then another one titled Update on Sammy. Vomitting was one of his symptoms also. But he seemed to have more going on as well. What I have learned is to take every little symptom seriously. We are a busy family and perhaps we had more of a wait-and-see attitude at first until we realized he was so lethargic.
Sweetie, I don't know what to say because I am grieving so much today myself. I'm here to talk, feel free to PM me or email me at
Please don't blame yourself though. You sound like a great Yorkie-mommy and these things can just come on so suddenly. Last week this time my Sammy was jumping and playing in our backyard and now he is gone. Doesn't make sense but at the same time I've heard so many stories about dogs passing away suddenly. It's just not fair.
Big hugs to you and your family. I hope Romeo and Sammy meet up on their way to Heaven. :hug:

There is a wonderful site called Rainbow Bridge. Please, if you have lost your baby, visit :fallen:

I am sorry about your lost.

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Don't feel guilty about not spending the $300, you thought he was better. He's in the hands of a greater power now.

I am so sorry that you lost your precious Romeo. My heart goes out to you and please accept my sincere sympathy. I wish I could do more. God bless you!

So sorry for your loss. Since vomiting is a symptom of so many things, only an autopsy would tell you what went wrong. It is so sad to hear things like this. Did he have any diarrhea or was vomiting his only symptom? Do you think it could have been a reaction to the injection given? Maybe the vet gave a broad spectrum antibiotic like ivermectin?