Falling Over

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Diesel_16
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Falling Over

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Hi
So we had a little incident with our 6 year old boy miniature schnauzer today.
He had been very excited when seeing other girl dogs ;) ;)

He saw a girl dog today and got very excited, so much so that his back legs gave way.
He looked scared for a second or two then was up on his feet again.

He had walked about 4 miles and seems absolutely fine now.

Has anyone else experienced anything similar?

Thank you
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Re: Falling Over

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Hi Anthony,
Is your mini boy still entire? Male dogs can become very excited if they encounter a female dog in season and much more so if they are entire. It could be that after the walk and the unexpected excitement of seeing the girl mini that your boy had a temporary loss of control over his back legs. I have not seen this before but, if he seems absolutely fine before and since, it is probably nothing to worry about.

I would definitely keep an eye on him in case it happens again or for any other unusual signs such as reluctance to run or jump up; moving in an unusual way or dragging his back paws etc. If you do see anything like that then it would definitely need a vet examination. However, if you are really worried already then a vet diagnosis is best to reassure you but do be aware that these kind of issues can lead to X-rays, MRI scans and interventions to discover any possible cause and they could turn out to be entirely unnecessary so you may want to judge that for yourself as to whether you think that is needed as things are currently.
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Re: Falling Over

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Hi Leigh
Thank you for your reply.
He is still entire.
We had no way of knowing if the girl dog was in season, as we carried him away from the situation.
We did pay a visit to the vets yesterday to set our minds at rest.
She said that it could have been a temporary disc dislocation that popped back in.
She did check his back paws reflexes, heart rate etc. - all is good.
We have got to keep an eye on him and if it happens again take him back for blood tests and x-rays.
As he is fine now and he is happy in himself.
We will be extra careful if we find ourselves in a similar situation in the future, as they say ‘better safe than sorry’.
I will post any updates
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Glad to hear that you have had reassurance from the vet visit :)

Re the possibility of the other dog being in season, I do know that entire male dogs can get really aroused if they scent a bitch in heat and girl dogs are not always kept at home during this time which they should be really. Extreme excitement can sometimes trigger loss of balance even fainting so I thought worth mentioning.

All sounds good though - that is really welcome news :-bd
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Re: Falling Over

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Just to follow up, no further problems after nearly 1 year, he has been great even with the recent mini heatwave.
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Diesel_16 wrote: 29 Jun 2023, 20:22 Just to follow up, no further problems after nearly 1 year, he has been great even with the recent mini heatwave.
That is great news. Glad to hear he is fine now :)
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