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HELP!!!! My dog lost control of his hind legs today

Mattpavlik
September 13th, 2012, 12:31 AM
My 6yr old Australian shepherd Loki and i were out for a standard mountain bike ride. It is something we do a few times a week and during one of our water breaks he seemed to have lost control of his hind legs. He was still walking and was not in any pain but he was stumbling around - the best way i can describe it is he seemed to have a no feeling in his legs similar to the way i would if my foot had fallen asleep. We ended the ride at that point and i got him to slowly walk with me which he did without hesitation or complaint. He was not in pain and his attitude did not change, he was still excited to be out for a ride. The strangest thing is he was totally back to normal within 5 or 10 minutes of the onset of his symptoms and hasnt shown any signs since then (appox 4hrs since the incident).

He was fine while running but after getting a drink and laying down for a few minutes the symptoms started. Im just wonderig if anyone has any idea what could have caused this! Im worried about my little guy!

Thanks
Matt

Koteburo
September 13th, 2012, 08:37 AM
I really don't know what could it be but you might have to do what many of us fear ... A visit to the vet (I fear the bill big time yeah but I do it). It may be nothing or you might be able to catch something on time for treatment.
Maybe someone here has experienced a similar thing with their dogs that could give you an idea or a possible cause.

Barkingdog
September 13th, 2012, 12:22 PM
My 6yr old Australian shepherd Loki and i were out for a standard mountain bike ride. It is something we do a few times a week and during one of our water breaks he seemed to have lost control of his hind legs. He was still walking and was not in any pain but he was stumbling around - the best way i can describe it is he seemed to have a no feeling in his legs similar to the way i would if my foot had fallen asleep. We ended the ride at that point and i got him to slowly walk with me which he did without hesitation or complaint. He was not in pain and his attitude did not change, he was still excited to be out for a ride. The strangest thing is he was totally back to normal within 5 or 10 minutes of the onset of his symptoms and hasnt shown any signs since then (appox 4hrs since the incident).

He was fine while running but after getting a drink and laying down for a few minutes the symptoms started. Im just wonderig if anyone has any idea what could have caused this! Im worried about my little guy!

Thanks
Matt
Maybe his knee popped out of it joint. My dog Marty was having a hard time lifting his hind leg to pee and wanting me to help him get in the car. I took him to the vet and found Marty has trick knees . His knees where popped back into place and he can lift his little leg to pee freely again.

hazelrunpack
September 13th, 2012, 12:30 PM
Lots of different possibilities that could have caused this. It could be he's got some injury or arthritis of the spine that is putting pressure on nerves. It might also have been a mild seizure. Best to have a vet check him out to narrow down the diagnosis.

I hope you get some answers soon! Please keep us posted on what the vet says about Loki.

Longblades
September 14th, 2012, 08:56 AM
Does EIC run in Aussies? Exercise Induced Collapse? My other thought was, how hot was it? Collapse from heat exhaustion though, typically takes hours and hours to recover from (and can kill) while an EIC episode can be over in a few minutes.