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Seizure? Fainting? In a puppy?
jmayes posted:
Today, when we let our two boxers out of their kennel, they were running in the yard. Then my 9 month old puppy, fell over to her side. She didn't shake like she was having a seizure and she didn't lose consciousness. Her body was not rigid. She did urinate while laying there. After about a minute, she jumped up and started walking around. After another minute of walking around, she started playing like normal. Any ideas of what this could be?
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hello JMayes,

Interesting. Based on your description, I can think perhaps of heart problems, or perhaps an unusual type of seizure. With other problems causing weakness and collapse, liver disease, low blood sugar, etc. I would think we would see more episodes.
If you see this happen again, I would bring her to your veterinarian to get their expert advice regarding your puppy's health.
And actually, if you are worried see your veterinarian before the next episode so we can make sure to identify a problem earlier.
Sometimes we can't explain little one time episodes like this but if they happen again, time to find out what it might be. Hope this helps.

Dr. Sandy Willis


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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