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    Hi all,
    Something strange has just happened with Millie and Im not sure what to do. My husband has just left the house to bring Chloe to the vet to have her stitches removed following her spay. Millie cried a bit after they left, then jumped up on the bed and lay down.
    After about 5 minutes I noticed that she had stood up and wasn't moving. Her back left leg was very stiff and I tried very gently to move it but couldn't. She didn't cry or yelp like she was in pain, but her face looked a bit dazed. I just held her in my arms for about 5 minutes and then put her on the ground to see if her leg was ok. The leg is moving fine now, but she looks very sleepy and her eyes are bloodshot.
    I will call my vet anyway, but just thought maybe someone could advise on what could possibly be the cause? This is the first time that this has happened to her, so Im not sure if it should be treated as an emergency??
    Mam to Millie, Chloe & Rex
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    Poor Millie.... What did the vet have to say?

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    I don't know what that could be. Definitely take her to the vet and describe what happened.

    Geordie's eyes get bloodshot when he is stressed, so perhaps she was stressed by whatever happened. Let us know what your vet says.
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    Make sure the vets know about episodic falling disorder, just in case. There's info in the health section of the Library on this. I'd advise talking to one of the vets at Anicare.ie as several there are familiar with this condition -- let them know I suggested this might be something to look into.
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    Thanks for the replies and sorry for the late reply, myy PC has been out of action for the past couple of days
    I called the vet and he said to just keep an eye on her and to bring her down if it happens again. Thankfully she has been fine since and I haven't noticed any stiffness or rigidness in her back legs. I am keeping a close eye and will contact Anicare in Palmerstown (as they are closest) if anything like it happens again.
    Mam to Millie, Chloe & Rex
    Baby boy Jack (waiting at the bridge) xxxxx

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    Had to take Millie to the vet this morn , she had another funny turn where she couldnt move her legs (they were stiff and folded in to her chest), she just lay on the floor and her eyes were really bulging and bloodshot. It lasted about 3 minutes and then she came around and eventually stood up. She was really tired afterwards and quite thirsty too.
    The vet took some blood samples and I just got a call to confirm that the results are all fine. He listened to her heart and said that it too sounded perfect, so it is more than likely a neurological problem that are causing these seizures.
    He has advised that next time it happens to have a video camera at the near and to tape as much of the episode as I can. Im just worried that this could be happening when Im not around or at night time when we are asleep.
    She is in fine form today, but I can't help but worry about her..

    Fingers crossed she won't have another one again - but I need to keep the camera close at hand just incase she does
    Mam to Millie, Chloe & Rex
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    Who had a look at her? If Anicare (or any vet), print out the information on episodic falling syndrome. It sounds like this could be the issue. Vets are unlikely to be too familiar with it. There's info in the Library health section and a website: http://www.episodicfalling.com/.

    Tell Susan or Fintan to check this. The breeder needs to be informed as well if it looks like it is EFS as this is hereditary. Good luck -- I know it can be really difficult to get a session like this on video but the EFS site has a bunch of videos and you should be able to tell if it looks similar.

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    From the EFS website -- this sounds like what you are describing:

    Episodes may include one or any combination of the following:

    * Freezing momentarily
    * Freezing or walking with the head down and to one side.
    * Stiffness in the back legs
    * An apparent lack of coordination in the rear or front limbs
    * A bunny-hopping gait
    * Roached back with stiff back legs (may be a sign of back injury)
    * Temporary loss of control in the hind legs
    * Attempting to rise only to fall
    * Rolling or somersaulting
    * Laying on one side with the back legs extended, limbs may twitch
    * Apparent 'spasm'
    * Drooling
    * Retraction of the front legs, sometimes over the head
    * Tightening of the muscles around the mouth with an inability to open the jaws
    * Eyes may appear to bulge as the muscles of the face contract.
    * The 'deer stalker' position where the front legs contract and the rear legs stiffen (see the video of Penny)
    * Chronic tenderness and stiffness may exsist in extreme cases.

    After episodes, dogs with mild symptoms usually continue as if nothing has happened. If the episode is severe or lengthy, some panting may occur and the dog may rest. After severe episodes some puppies become frightened and take some time to calm down. Most get used to the events with age.
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    It was our vet in Celbridge who had a look at her - he actually knew all about EFS when I mentioned it to him which was a bit of a relief.
    How is EFS actually diagnosed? Can it be detected in a blood test (I read on the website about being able to identify it through the DNA of the dogs) or in our case will it be a matter of ruling out other possibilities first?

    It would be good to know if we could get a difinitive yes or no on whether or not that is what it is.
    Im going to have a look now at the videos on the site to see if there are similarities, but already just having gone through the list of symptoms I can see alot of things jumping out at me..
    Mam to Millie, Chloe & Rex
    Baby boy Jack (waiting at the bridge) xxxxx

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    I have no useful medical information to add, but I did want to say good luck and I hope you get this sorted out soon
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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