Many thanks, not only for the fast response, but also for your informative
web site and your cross posting. I missed rec.pets.dogs.health in my search
of news groups.
Based on his symptoms and several of your links I do believe this was some
kind of mild seizure and am now better able to pursue this with our vet.
"Rocky" wrote in message
> "Ed H." said in alt.pets.dogs.aussies:
>> Tonight while walking the dogs my Australian Shepard
>> suddenly lost motor control. He couldn't stand, kept
>> falling back and to his right while trying to stand. I
>> told him sit, down. I don't know if he understood "down"
>> or just couldn't do anything else, his eyes were clear but
>> had a kind of dazed "I'm not all together here" look to
>> them. There was sufficient light to see that his gums were
>> a normal pink.
> It sounds like you did the right stuff. The siezures I'm
> experienced with happen while the dog is asleep. Today a
> guest dog (not my epileptic Aussie) had a seizure during the
> day, something I've never seen; though the after effects were
> similar, these were more severe than I'm used to.
>> I started to carry him home until the other
>> 2 started to act as if nothing was wrong, so I set the
>> imparred Aussie down and he acted normal. This was about
>> 15 minutes from the first sign of a problem.
> A few minutes to a few days (really) is what it takes to get
> over a grand mal seizure. The dog who seized today was
> unstable for an hour and blind for much of that. She was
> still unstable when her owners took her home.
>> We made it
>> back to the house without incident. Right now he's running
>> around having a good time, though staying a little closer
>> to me than normal. I'll keep a close watch on him
>> throughout tonight and call our vet in the morning.
> That's appropriate action.
>> My question is, has anyone seen or heard of this behavior.
>> Note that during our walk none of the dogs had a chance to
>> eat or drink anything outside of my control (which is to
>> say "nothing").
>> I've also cross posted this to both alt.pets.dogs.aussies
>> and rec.pets.dogs.
> I've set followups to rec.pets.dogs.health - probably more
> appropriate and higher volume (many servers don't even carry
> rec.pets.dogs since the split). Feel free to email me if you
> have questions regarding epilepsy. My page has some good
> --Matt. Rocky's a Dog. >> Stay informed about: Loss of motor control, seizure question.