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    Staggers like a drunk when exhausted.

    the day before yesterday, I was out in the trusty field with the dogs, playing fetch and letting them run their little hearts out.
    Bailey tries his hardest to keep up with Meiko ( and does suprisingly well) however I think he over exherts himself, because when we stopped, he kept walking around Mieko in circles then started staggering as though he was drunk! Soon there after he fell down and just layed there panting. Still concious.
    Obviously I ran over to him and sat on the ground beside him, his temperature felt a bit high and his panting was intense. After about a minute or so he got up and started walking around some more like a little drunk.
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    We head off to the house slowly ( he wouldnt let me pick him up) by the time we got to the house he was walking better,
    Im thinking he had exhausted himself by trying to keep up with Meik and also tired his little muscles out too.
    Is this story setting off alarms for anyone? Cause I would hate to be overlooking something.

    Just a side note for more background info, he had his annual check up last month and his blood panels came back normal. He was diagnosed " A healthy little guy" he is a tad over weight ( approx 5 lbs) as well.


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    Re: Staggers like a drunk when exhausted.

    How old is Bailey and what type of dog? Yo umay have t restrict him for a while until you can build him up to that much activity.
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    Re: Staggers like a drunk when exhausted.

    He is a 3 year old American Cocker Spaniel, he started off as a foster here just before christmas and has wedged his way into being a permanent family member here.
    He has been a "city" dog his entire life up until now, so running the way he did is definately something that he is not accustomed to. Brisk walks were prolly the extent of his excersise before but dont quote me on that.


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    Re: Staggers like a drunk when exhausted.

    I would be sure to feed him 2x/day. What you described sounds like he was hypoglycemic otherwise known as low blood sugar.

    A quick way to remedy that situation is to rub some sugar, honey, or molasses around on the mucus menbranes of the mouth. It will quickly absorb into the bloodstream thru the highly vascular (lots of tiny blood vessels in the mouth) tissue, much faster than if swallowed and has to be processed thru the stomach and intestines before being absorbed into the bloodstream. If you are out in the field for long periods you might carry a couple of the individual sugar packets in your pocket (not any of the sugar substitutes, real sugar) just in case. Depending on the size of the dog, 1-3 packets ought to change the situation. Also carry enough water for the dogs while you're out. You may also find his mouth very dry when this occurs.

    In the meanwhile, I would avoid strenuous activity just before his meal (being the longest amount of time from the last meal) until the situation resolves or you end up seeing a vet if it becomes worse. Your dog could also be diabetic which could cause fluctuating sugar levels. Keep an eye on things and contact your vet if things get worse.

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    Re: Staggers like a drunk when exhausted.

    WOW, thanks for that info, im definately going to look more into that and I think im going to make an appointment with the vet as well, I would have never thought it could be linked to diabetes.
    So thankful for the internet for things like this.
    Thanks again.


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    Re: Staggers like a drunk when exhausted.

    I would see a vet... those sound very much like mild episodes of syncope, which could mean your pup has an underlying heart problem.

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    Re: Staggers like a drunk when exhausted.

    my dog (husky 10 yrs) does the exact same thing.
    she tends to lunge at other dogs (she has always done this, i adopted her from the humane society at 6) and she gets really excited. staggers around and then falls. sometimes she kind of looks like she is still running but on her side, i cant tell if she is conscious or not, but she gets up, shakes and is usually fine.
    the vet has not come up with anything. tests, xrays, etc. she says it could be neurologic.

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    Re: Staggers like a drunk when exhausted.

    is there any vomitting with this??? my dog had vestibular disease which sounds similar one of the other main effects associated with this disease is vomitting.

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    Re: Staggers like a drunk when exhausted.

    I don't know, I think it sounds like he over-exerted himself. If he is a bit over-weight and was trying to keep up with dogs who are larger then he is, I would say it is highly possible he just way over did it for himself. I would just try to make sure he takes it easy when he goes for his usual runs and exercise until he is down five pounds and is better able to keep up with the others. Its just like when an athlete tries to condition themself, they can't start at level 10 if they have been off for a few months, they have to start at level 1 and work their way up.
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