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      Trouble with Milo

      Had a problem with Milo last Saturday night and ended up taking him to the emergency vet at midnight. He woke up from a nap and was acting strange, like he was dizzy and disoriented. On the way in he was dribbling urine and was being super clingy to me. He's not a clingy dog. The vet did bloodwork and couldn't find anything wrong but said he was a little dehydrated. We had been at the dog park earlier and he was drinking lots of water as usual. The vet did not know what was going on but said to keep an eye on him. We went home and the next morning he seemed ok but just a little lethargic. We laid around the house all day Sunday and he was eating, drinking, peeing, and pooping normally although with less energy. It's been quite hot here the last few days so maybe he's just not used to the heat yet. Yesterday, it was REALLY hot so we didn't do a whole lot, just hung around the house and back yard, played in the pool a bit and took it easy. This morning he's still being a little lethargic although he's eating and pooping normally. He just seems a little "off". I'm hoping he just need some time to get used to the heat as this will be his first summer in the oven we call Sacramento.

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      I hope he feels better with some rest and time out of the heat.
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      So worrisome with those type of symptoms.

      My first thought was if he ate something, i.e. a mushroom. Like you said, he does need time to adjust to much hotter weather.

      Hope he continues to improve.
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      My guess is petit mal seizure from the heat...both of my yellows had this. We got a handle on Honey's but didn't know what was going on with Brutus (the first dog to have this) and his progressed to grand mal.
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      That doesn't sound good at all. We really didn't over do it earlier that day and it was several hours after we came home when it happened. I'm pretty worried at this point. He's at the doggy daycare place right now and they haven't called me saying anything is wrong so hopefully he's ok but I sure would like to know what happened.

      I've been looking on the internet about this and now I'm even more worried. I need to stop looking at the internet.......

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      Quote Originally Posted by TT120 View Post
      That doesn't sound good at all. We really didn't over do it earlier that day and it was several hours after we came home when it happened. I'm pretty worried at this point. He's at the doggy daycare place right now and they haven't called me saying anything is wrong so hopefully he's ok but I sure would like to know what happened.

      I've been looking on the internet about this and now I'm even more worried. I need to stop looking at the internet.......
      If it's seizure....what food do you feed? We switched Honey from lamb-based kibble to canned varieties that had cool/neutral protein sources and hers stopped. According to our holistic vet (who diagnosed Honey's seizures as being purely from internal overheating...she was a hyper dog), kibble "fuels the fire". Seizures from any source are exacerbated by heat...internal or external.

      So....Traditional Chinese Medicine assigns temperature values to food. You can Google that (I lost my links when I got my new computer....boo, hiss, Windows 10). Protein like lamb and chicken are warm; most fish, rabbit, duck, turkey are considered neutral or cool.

      We had been feeding Brutus a lamb-based kibble, too....but knew he "didn't do well with heat" from his previous owner. He'd had what obviously (in retrospect) was petit mal...along the lines of what Milo exhibited....on a coolish June night (temps in the low 60's, not direct sun where we walked, and early on into the walk). We knew we had to do better with outdoor temps and so he was fine until he got older and started with the grand mal seizures. Bru wasn't a hyper dog...the exact opposite, in fact...so his issue was mostly from outside at first but progressed from internal as he aged.

      If you think it's seizures and want to PM me, feel free.

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      Checking to see how Milo is doing. Any progress or insights?

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      Sounds like a seizure to me too, I hope he is feeling better now.

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      No more problems and Milo seems to be back to normal. He brought me his rope and wanted to play tug first thing this morning which is a good sign. I've been feeding him Blue puppy lamb and oatmeal formula and he seems to like it. He always has plenty of clean water to drink and drinks a lot when at the dog park. I'm going to take him down there after work today and let him roam around a little to burn off some energy but I'll make sure he takes it easy. It's going to be over 100 today and he's in the house with my daughter and her husband keeping an eye on him.

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      Quote Originally Posted by TT120 View Post
      No more problems and Milo seems to be back to normal. He brought me his rope and wanted to play tug first thing this morning which is a good sign. I've been feeding him Blue puppy lamb and oatmeal formula and he seems to like it. He always has plenty of clean water to drink and drinks a lot when at the dog park. I'm going to take him down there after work today and let him roam around a little to burn off some energy but I'll make sure he takes it easy. It's going to be over 100 today and he's in the house with my daughter and her husband keeping an eye on him.
      Please be very careful. Full sun, even if it's only around 60 degrees, can heat up a dog fast. Mine don't have seizures but they're fast to heat up...and they start wearing their cooling jackets at about 62 degrees if we're going to be out of shade at all. If Milo did, indeed, have a seizure, he'll be heating up faster than you're aware...and if my previous dogs are any example, subsequent seizures get worse. (Note: neither of my dogs was overweight...although Brutus had been when we first got him...or had any other issues)

      At the very least, watch the color of his tongue. Check to see what his normal pale pink color is when he's resting indoors...the warmer he gets, the darker that pink gets.

      Also note: both of my seizure dogs were yellows (i.e., not dark dogs who soaked up the sun extra fast). And Honey's seizures started outdoors in December...she had just run a short distance in snow to chase the heron out of our fish ponds.

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