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Old 06-24-2009, 11:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have only posted here once. We got our boxer from the pound about a month ago and she has been tons of fun. We have five kids so they keep her busy

Anyways, I was gone most of the day today and when I left I put Bella in the fence outside to potty and get some air. I told my oldest son to bring her inside when he got out of the shower. He brought her in about 30 minutes after I put her out. He said that she was fine and then she went to jump on the couch and it was like her back legs stopping working and she fell off the couch and onto the ground. Her legs were kind of "paralyzed" from what I understand and he said it lasted maybe 3-4 minutes and then she was fine....This evening she was running and fetching and seemed great.

Anyone have any idea? The people at the pound estimated her to be about 2 years or less than that so she is still a young dog.
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry, I cannot offer any advice - but sending some positive vibes! ><

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Old 06-25-2009, 08:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have NOOOOOO clue about seizures or what they even look like....but to me, it almost seems like she was having some kind of fit or seizure but I really dont know

Tracy (Arbiesmom) would be able to help you with this, also probably alot of others as well, hopefully it doesnt happen again [-O<
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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This is very long, but she may have had a seizure. SuzyQ suffered from 6 or 7 seizures of varying severity last September (out of the blue, with no forewarning). I'll give you a little info and maybe that will help - the first and worst one she collapsed and didn't appear to be breathing, was not moving at all and we thought she was dead - lasted probably 3-4 min and after another 1-2 min was fine. The next one she collapsed the same way, but was breathing - quite hard - and came out of it the same way. The first two times she lost control of her bladder but not her bowels.By the 3rd or 4th one she collapsed and was paddling her legs and would make a moaning sound. the last and least severe she acted like her back legs were unsteady, I was right there and she ran to me and leaned up against me and was breathing pretty hard and I could tell she was freaked out - but she did not pass out and after every one she was just fine. We were not happy with her vet, who wanted to immediately put her on phenobarbitol and went to another vet who told us the best approach was to keep a diary of all the occurences and symptons - he told us they do not like to start drug treatment, that once you start you may be stuck with that forever. They like to establish a pattern of frequency first and that although very alarming, seizures like hers almost never have any lasting side affects or ill affects on the dog. He said that sometimes they may suffer occasional seizures or infrequent seizures that don't merit medication. We were lucky after a two week period she has been ok, although she may have future occurences. I would start a diary and it wouldn't hurt to have the vet check your baby out. They did blood work on SuzyQ to rule out a number of other things. SuzyQ was 6 when this happened - good luck with your girl.
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Thank you...For some reason that was my first thought (seizure), even though I don't know much about dogs having them. I will definitely start writing things down if it happens again. Could that happen from the heat? It was really hot and REALLY humid here yesterday. I didn't think that 30 minutes outside (under a shade tree) would hurt her but maybe it was just too much? We dont have a/c in the house either but our house stays decently cool without it.
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I dont think the heat would have much to do with it, I think with heat stoke, etc there's always vomiting and very letharic

But again, Ive never had to deal with this, *knocks on wood* so I really dont know
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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One of my agility trainers has a pug and she said that he has almost had heat stroke twice; what happens it that her pug does not respond, kind of like he is out of it and doesn't know she is there, no vomiting. The lethargy could cause the legs to collapse but I am by no means an expert just my opinion. My trainer says that both times it was more the humidity then the heat that caused her pugs problems. If it happens again, you might want to make notes so you can let the vet know the circumstances of when it is happening.
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Keep a log of what she is doing, weather, everything..It very well could have been the heat, but if you start to see a pattern or they start becoming more frequent I would want your vet to take a look at her..That's why keeping the log is important, there could be clues in there that the vet needs for a diagnosis...Hoping it was just a one time thing...I''m in Alabama, and itr's incredibly hot and humid here, Angel & Flick do spend a lot of time outside and yes, they are running around, so I tend to keep a closer eye on them, if they seem to be getting too worked up, I bring them in and shut off the doggie door so they can't get out..There's also a couple Sticky topics here in the health section about dealing with heat, might want to take a look at them
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Wow. Im sorry to hear that. If you are worried take her to the vet just to be sure. The heat can do nasty things. But I dont really know about this one.
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Thank you...For some reason that was my first thought (seizure), even though I don't know much about dogs having them. I will definitely start writing things down if it happens again. Could that happen from the heat? It was really hot and REALLY humid here yesterday. I didn't think that 30 minutes outside (under a shade tree) would hurt her but maybe it was just too much? We dont have a/c in the house either but our house stays decently cool without it.
I don't know if the heat is a factor - SuzyQ's were in September but it was quite hot and humid. The 2nd vet did ask if she was excited when they happened - and it so happens the first time company had just pulled in and she was running around like crazy and each other time she was running and playing or barking at someone - he seemed to think that might be a trigger - I don't know.
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