lisad Posted October 27, 2008 Report Share Posted October 27, 2008 Hi, I'm Lisa, and I'm new!! Two weeks ago we had to put down our beautiful golden retriever girl, Clancy, 13 years old. What a beautiful girl with a gorgeous nature. An absolute sweetheart. xx So ........ We have a 9 week old BC puppy, from a working dairy farm in south east of South Australia. He's been with us for 6 days. His Mum, Dad, Grandma and assorted siblings are all working dogs on this dairy farm. We have 25 acres near beautiful Strathalbyn in South Australia and we have sheep and alpacas, so a bit of help from a working dog would be great! After getting our puppy (Kip) home, we kept him inside, as our "dog yard" was a little bit puppy "unfriendly" (having only had geriatrics in there lately!) Also, our Jack Russell, Tex, had his nose right out of joint! After a play, inside, on the third night, we noticed Kip's back was arched and his hind legs seemed stiff. He seemed to have trouble keeping his balance. He wasn't distressed at all, in fact, he was keen to chase the ball. After about 5 minutes, he was back to normal and back to play. We weren't sure if we'd seen it at all! This "episode" has happened nearly every day since. The only night it didn't happen, was when we had the airconditioner on, on a particulary hot night. Yesterday, my 9 year old son and his friend played with Kip for most of the day, so he didn't get alot of sleep. They all had a fairly active day, most of the play being inside and Kip really enjoyed being with the kids. In the afternoon, I noticed his back arching a little. Not long after that, he had another "episode". He went on to have two more, the last being the worst one yet. His back arched, hinds were stiff, and then his legs just wouldn't hold him up any more and he fell to the floor. This one lasted for about 30 minutes, and in the end, he couldn't get up, all four legs not working very well. My husband massaged his back and he looked for a cool spot, then fell asleep. We noticed he seemed very hot, while asleep, and his breathing was shallow and quick, like panting, but at rest. When he woke up, he was a little better, but still had the arched back and stiff legs. His paw pads were like little hot spots, and I could feel the heat coming from his body. We took him outside, (it had been raining, the paving bricks were cold and the night was quite cool). After being outside for about 2-3 minutes, he was back to normal!! So our theory is, at the dairy farm, where he was born, his mother would have been in a shed with her litter, not in a warm house. so he has probably been acclimatised to being outside and cooler weather. So, exercise in a warm house gets him over heated and he has a kind of EIC attack. (Is this what it looks like?) Today, we've kept him outside (he's making friends with Tex!) and he's had some excercise, all outside. He'll sleep outside with Tex too. So far, no "episodes"! Does this sound like EIC, or some kind of over heating thing? Anyone else had the same problem? So pleased to be part of the community. Cheers, Lisa Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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