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Good morning, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm sorry that there wasn't an available expert at the hour that you called. I just got online to begin my work this morning and I am writing because I don't want to leave you hanging.
It sounds like Cheekie had either what we call a syncopal episode or possibly a seizure. Syncopal episodes are usually cardiac related - they can come about in dogs who have severe heart disease or arrhythmias that can cause them to temporarily have decreased blood flow to the brain, which causes an episode of collapse.
Seizures can look quite similar and be difficult to tell from syncopal episodes without a veterinary exam. If seizures are infrequent (less than one a month) and mild, most vets just monitor pets for an increase in frequency before starting anti-seizure medications.
This is just a short letter to touch base with you - you won't be able to rate it until we've finished talking. Please let me know how Cheekie is doing this morning.