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serenamlambe June 11th, 2010 07:58 AM

Weird "Episodes"
I have a vet appointment for Keely tomorrow, but I figured I would post about this in the meantime. I'm a little concerned.

First when we got Keely, she would do this weird thing sometimes where it was almost like her front paw/arm got stuck behind her head. It didn't seem like anything really, except that she couldn't get up. In a few seconds, she would be fine again - but perhaps a bit more wobbly than usual. We assumed it was just part of her learning to walk, controling her legs, arms, and whatever. She was very young when we got her, as I'm sure some of you know already. Just shy of six weeks.

It seemed that, within a few days, she had pretty much "grown" out of this. Although I did notice it happen a few times - once when Connor (my other dog) gave her a good warning bark & once when I switched on the TV and it was [U]really[/U] loud for some reason. So then I was thinking she did it when she got scared or startled. I mean, it's kind of like she's hiding her head under her paws and then one gets stuck.

Yesterday, she did a poop on her puppy pad. Then backed up a little. I think maybe her bum hit her food dish, but can't be sure. I was watching her when it happened. She had one of these little "episodes" again.

It literally lasts less than 30 seconds, then afterwards she is fine. Though it does seem like it shakes her up a bit. Yesterday when it happened, I immediately got a treat and put it near her. She seemed to sniff at it, despite the episode, so I am hesitant to think it's a seizure. Though, of course, that's what I'm worried about.

I am bringing her to the vet tomorrow. I tried to get an appointment for today, but they couldn't fit me in. Any ideas?

She seems perfectly healthy & happy otherwise. Eating, drinking, pooping, and peeing like normal. :)

hazelrunpack June 11th, 2010 08:35 PM

That's a weird one, Serena. Not sure I'm picturing exactly what's happening... What you might want to do is see if you can catch it on video--even if it means camping out next to her with the camera :D. The chances of Keely doing it while at the vet are probably pretty slim so having a video might be very helpful. :thumbs up

Good luck at the vet tomorrow! And as long as otherwise she seems pretty much normal, try not to worry [I]too[/I] much :grouphug:

serenamlambe June 12th, 2010 07:56 AM

It's hard to describe. The best way I can is that she hides her head under her paws and then one gets stuck there. Like she can't get it back down or something. Eventually she gets it down and then she is shakey, like if she's scared. Maybe that's in fact what's happening, I don't know!

I have had the plan to videotape it since I've started to get concerned - but it hasn't happened. I'm happy that she hasn't had it happen again, but I know how great it would be to have it on video for the vet. So it's a good thing and a bad thing! Hahah.

I'm trying not to worry. Vet appointment at 2:00 :)

hazelrunpack June 12th, 2010 02:30 PM

Did the vet address her 'stuck paw' episodes, Serena?

serenamlambe June 12th, 2010 02:34 PM

Yes - we talked about it :)

He says it doesn't sound like seizures or anything serious. More likely that it's an orthopedic problem - something that is common in very young puppies, apparently.

He thinks that maybe when she gets scared and put her paws over her head, one actually does get stuck. Maybe her shoulder joint pops out or the elbow gets stuck or something similar.

He said to keep an eye on it and if she doesn't grow out of it - then we may have some cause for worry. But right now, it doesn't sound like anything serious.

I'm relieved!

Frenchy June 12th, 2010 02:36 PM


He thinks that maybe when she gets scared and put her paws over her head, one actually does get stuck. Maybe her shoulder joint pops out or the elbow gets stuck or something similar.


I thought about you yesterday evening. Nelly did the same thing , she fell asleep this way , as I got up to take a picture (to post it here and show you) she woke up and changed position. :shrug:

hazelrunpack June 12th, 2010 02:39 PM

Sounds like madame hazel every morning when she tries to crawl out of bed. There are so many dogs taking up the space that she's contorted into a pretzel. She's been known to get an extremity stuck here and there, too... :o


I'm glad the vet didn't think it was anything to worry about, Serena! Sounds like Keely is in pretty good health! :highfive:

serenamlambe June 12th, 2010 02:39 PM

Ah, don't they always move before you can take the picture! Thanks for thinking of us though :) I was glad to hear the vet say that it didn't sound like anything too worrying. I'll keep an eye on her though & take a video if it happens again.

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