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Possible Neurological Disorder in Dog

January 9th, 2011, 05:54 AM
Hi everyone. Earlier today my 4 year old male cavooodle Charlie had some sort of weird turn. He was outside with me behaving normally then disappeared inside for maybe 15 minutes max. (not unusual for him). He then returned from the bedroom with his back legs going from underneath him. I immediately picked him up. He was shaking and his pupil were very dilated and maybe even a strange greyish colour. I franticaly ran with him to my car to go to the vet then remembered none were open on a sunday. My girlfriend started ringing around for an emergency number. We got hold of a vet and spoke with him for a few minutes telling him the symptoms. By this time Charlies eyes had returned to near normal the shaking had stopped and on advice of the vet i put him on the floor to walk and he did so totally normally. He since then has been his regular wonderful self. Eating normally we went out for a walk all good. The vet suggested i keep a close eye on him. I have. I will be taking him to the vet asap tomorrow but for now so i can try to sleep without panicking all night was hoping someone might have some experience with something similar. I don't know of him having had a fit and can't find evidence f him loosing control of either bowel or bladder. It also did not appear as if he had excessive saliva. All help gratefully appreciated.

January 9th, 2011, 11:05 AM
Hello rosecharlie,

Welcome to the board. I assume by Cavoodle that Charlie is a Cavalier King Charles/Poodle mix? Poodles are prone to Addison's disease, epilepsy and hip dysplasia to name a few. Cavs are prone to a few neurological issues such as episodic falling or (EF) and fly biting. I'll post a link below. It also could be a form of seizure. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, seizures can be so mild (complex partial) that you aren't aware they are even happening. I will also post a link with some good information to seizures. A lot of people also think that seizures are always related to Epilepsy, which is not true. Seizures in dogs can be brought on by many things. I have a puppy with Meningoencephalitis and he has Grand Mal's. I would definitely make sure Charlie sees a vet as soon as possible. It could be something simple and treatable such as EF. Good luck and let us know how Charlie is doing :)

January 9th, 2011, 10:50 PM
It could also be something as simple as roundworms....

However, I do know that Cavaliers have a number of health problems...has your boys heart been checked lately? Does he scratch his neck a lot by chance?

I hope it's a weird one-time thing, or at least nothing serious :fingerscr

January 9th, 2011, 11:07 PM
Many thanks for your replies! We have jut returned from the vet and he has put it down to presyncope. As he now appears totally fine it was hopefully just a one off weird event.

January 9th, 2011, 11:17 PM
Hopefully this was a 1 time event. Did your vet mention heart problems at all? As Maxalisa stated, King Charles Spaniels are prone to several health issues. In Cavs, presyncope has an association with mitral valve disease. Hopefully your vet will be checking for heart problems since the diagnosis was presyncope.

January 9th, 2011, 11:26 PM
In Cavs, presyncope has an association with mitral valve disease. Hopefully your vet will be checking for heart problems since the diagnosis was presyncope.

This is very important, since the Cav people have a supplement program that can help with mitral valve disease, and you want to get a good diagnosis.

January 9th, 2011, 11:27 PM
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