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I have never seen this...what was it?

November 25th, 2006, 08:16 PM
A little while ago my 6yr. lab mix did the weirdest thing. I noticed she was trying to get behind a chair that she can't get behind. I called her to me and and with great effort she came to me. But she ws walking like her back legs where hurting her. Almost on her "toes" instead of using the whole foot as she normally would. Her back end was very unstable and she wobbled quite a bit. Her Tail was tucked tightly under her and her head was low like she had just gotten in trouble. I immediatly checked for breathing, and she was moving air, but her heart was pounding. She walked like she was in servere pain, but it was only her back side that seemed to be affected. Just when I got ready to load her into the car and take her to a 24 hour clinic.... she got up and started walking like nothing happened at all. Was this a seizure or a muscle cramp in her back? Those are the only 2 things I could think that would cause this. Any ideas?

November 25th, 2006, 08:22 PM
So you never did see a vet about it?

I would see a vet about it, just to make sure that nothing serious is going on.
If you did see a vet, what did they say? Did they do any tests?

November 25th, 2006, 08:32 PM
Sorry.... guess I should have clarified "a little while ago". It just happened this evening. No, we have not been to the vet. I was going to take her, then she just "snapped" out of it and was acting like nothing ever happened. I am keeping a close eye on her for tonight. As long as she continues to behave normal and does not show any more signs that something is wrong, I am going to hold off on taking her until they open after the weekend. If she begins to exhibit those symptoms or any others, I will take her to the ER clinic. I was just wondering if anyone had ever seen anything like this in their dogs.

November 25th, 2006, 08:35 PM
Oh ok. Sorry I haven't seen anything like this before:shrug:
Maybe someone else can give you some direction

November 25th, 2006, 09:08 PM
I would try to see a vet as soon as possible, i dont want to get in any trouble and im not trying to diagnose but my sisters dog did this when her sezuires first started. With her dog the first few sezuires appeared as clumsly walking in her back end ( she did the toe thing too), the next few appeared as if the dog was drunk and then they got progressively worse (and yes she saw a vet after the first episode). The dog would also just snap out of it and begin doing what she was before it happened. Please for the sake of your dog see a vet a.s.a.p. It may be nothing, but why take the chance.

November 25th, 2006, 09:31 PM
Thanks for the input. I will be taking her ASAP. Can't let this go unchecked, even if it never happens again. I could never forgive myself if something happened to her because I did not get her medical attention. Not to mention that my male lab mix (Chester, almsot 2yr. old) would be lost without his pretty girl...

November 25th, 2006, 10:44 PM
:fingerscr for you and your dog. Please keep us posted.

November 26th, 2006, 05:35 AM
Hopefully it was just a muscle cramp, I find if mine overdo it running they sometimes have some difficulties after resting/sleeping for a bit, Maya just had a similiar event now, she was playing earlier with Winnie and when she gets playing she does not realize when she is over taxing herself and Winnie of course had to keep egging her on to run, and he has now started out of my reach so I can't stop the playtime, so she ended up running longer than she should have :rolleyes:

November 26th, 2006, 03:29 PM
Just a quick update on Layla....

There were no more problems last night, but I am taking her to the doc first thing in the morning. Chester has been keeping a close eye on his "older woman". Last night he woke up the whole house barking up a storm.... I thought there was something wrong with Layla, but it only turned out to be a racoon out on the deck. I will update further after we see the vet tomorrow. I wish you all a wonderful day! :)

November 27th, 2006, 09:58 PM
Glad you are taking Layla to the vet. Good luck and post with an update. :fingerscr