Ziggy is my 8 month old Boxer. She was downstairs running around like a lunatic for about 10 minutes and then came storming upstairs, through the lounge room (where we were sitting) and out onto the front deck. I didn't think anything of it until we heard a KA-THUMP and Leigh quickly got up and screamed that something was wrong. Ziggy was trying to stand up and her legs were going all funny (half collapsing under her) and she started to urinate.
We thought she may have eaten a toad but even though she wasn't drooling (sign of toad poisoning), we washed her mouth out anyway. Then I looked at her gums and they were WHITE...a real sickly looking WHITE. Her eyes looked normal. She was just sitting there, all limbs moving fine but with WHITE gums for about 5 to 10 mins.
So we raced her to the vet and $95 later (of course it happened on a Sunday night!), we were told she may have fainted - possibly from running around too much!? That's all the vet could come up with. She said if it was an insect or snake bite, the effects came on way too quick. If it happens again, we will book her in for an ECG to check her heart -- but her heart sounded normal.
Has this ever happened to your pet before? Does anyone have any suggestions about what else it could have been or does fainting sound right?
Also, what exactly do the white gums mean? The vet said something about circulation? My other Boxer, Jamie Lee, who died in 2004 had one similar episode to this when she was about 4ish. She sort of collapsed and couldn't get up and her gums were white (which is why I remembered to check Ziggy's)...but once again, as soon as we got her to the vet, she was basically back to normal.
Jamie never, ever had anything like this happen again. And ultimately, it was cancer that disintegrated her back bone that killed her and not anything to do with her heart.
***Edited By: Boxer Babe on 9/11/2005 10:13:20 PM*** Reason: asdf
ultrasounds run ~ 250.00 here by me. dont know what they would cost where you are. i would take your papers from the emergency vet and bring them to your regular vet and have them look at it and check ziggy over. i wouldnt panic if i were you but i would have the heart checked for sure before another episode happens. just for my own peace of mind. it could be a complete freak thing that will never happen again but i would rather have it checked and then feel like a fool =) for being so worried then to let it go not knowing everything is ok.
i am sure ziggy will be just fine. let us know tomorrow ok ?
ooooooo not good. Not to scare you but, I have had boxers, a lot of them for about 10 years and I have never had any of them do anything like that AT ALL! Mine run all over heck all the time and no one has ever 'just fainted'.
Google cardiomyapathy (sp) which is really bad and prevalent in boxers. I have heard of others that have boxers with bad heart problems that have 'fainting boxers' to the point they do it when ever they get excited. Hope it is nothing :(
When my dog Leeza was younger we were out for a walk late at night up north during the summer. One minute she was walking great, the next minute she starts to pant really heavy, she slows down,Vomits and lets out a cow patty (diarrehea) then lays down on her side and wouldn't get up, she continued to pant heavily, and her gums went white. She became non responsive. I don't know if she urinated, becuase it was dark out. But We ended up carrying her back to our trailer, and the whole way she was flat, and still panting. Just before we were about to get into the car, she started to come to, and started to get up.. We had no idea where an animal hospital was, let alone late at night, in the middle of nowhere. She soon had her color back and was eating and drinking normally. We beleive it was the amount of masquito bites she got while out on the walk. Ever sinse then, we don't stay out long late at night, and I carry drugs just in case. I wouldn't be surprised if the dog ingested something, and had an allergic reaction to it. A seizure is possible of course. I hope it doesn't happen again, its really scarey.
***Edited By: sue on 9/11/2005 11:34:24 PM*** Reason: dghsgfd