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Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help today.
The signs you are describing can be associated with back/neck pain or potentially abdominal discomfort.
Has he been eating and drinking normally recently? Any signs of vomiting or diarrhea?
I would be concerned the signs you were describing could be a muscular spasm or an acute pain response and if he has had a similar episode earlier in the year that would raise my suspicions further. If this is becoming recurrent it may be worth considering imaging of his back/lumbar spine to assess for any problems with his vertebrae/spinal column, such as xray/ct/mri scanning.
Does he seem 100% back to his normal self now?
Dogs don`t have strokes in the same way humans do. They do have episodes of vestibular disease which can have very similar signs, but this is generally in older dogs. This sounds much more like an acute pain response, a back "twinge" if you like, almost like having a trapped nerve, which has now passed.
Jumping in and out of the car, running up steps, jumping onto furniture, can all be triggers for these signs. If he is having recurrent episodes it is an indicator of a problem that needs investigating, rather than overly restricting him in case he has an issue. If he is behaving normally, shows no signs of lethargy and is keen to exercise I doubt he is in chronic pain. If he does seem to be showing signs of slowing down, reluctance to exercise, stiffness on rising or dragging his feet, these would be indicators of a chronic problem.
You are very welcome,
Best Wishes Kyla and Marty,