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Our 1 year old Boxer was walking with my husband this morning,when

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Our 1 year old Boxer was walking with my husband this morning,when he fell to the ground,my husband rushed over to pick him up,he then vomited up some grass and bile colored liquid,seemed to be okay within a minute or two.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but can you tell me: Had he been walking quick before it happened?When he collapsed, where his gums pink or pale/blue?Did he paddle, shake or seizure at all? Did he pass urine or feces?Any known health issues?Any toxin exposure?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
they had just finished a run.I do not think my husband checked his gums.he did not urinate or defecate,he just threw husband did not see any paddling far as I know he did not have any toxin exposure.he does chew on stuff quite a bit.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Thank you,Now the reason for my questions is because this episode raises concerns of a possible seizure but also syncope (fainting due to low levels of oxygen to the brain). Both can come on suddenly, cause collapse and often dogs appear normal quite shortly afterwards. That said, if he didn't paddle nor loose control of his bladder/bowels; we'd be most suspicious of syncope. As well, if this was just after a run, it does fit with a drop in blood oxygen levels (as exercising cells use more oxygen than those at rest).With this all in mind, we do need to be aware that the most common reason for syncope in this breed is heart issues. This can be a birth based defect (ie Aortic stenosis) but we can also see progressive heart disease (ie boxer cardiomyopathy). Therefore, in your lad's case, we would want to consider a check up with his vet and potentially have a heart scan done (or referral to a cardiologist to have one done). This way your vet can assess the heart determine whether we have an ongoing issue and also establish baseline measurements for his heart. Depending on their findings, they can advise you on whether the changes can be managed medically or if we have an issue that requires further treatment (ie some stenosis can be ballooned wider to open up the vessel for them) to help prevent these episodes in the future.Please take care,Dr. B. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. **Please rate my service afterwards, as this is the only way I am credited for helping you today. Thank you! :