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Post by catch22 on Fri Jul 03 2015, 10:55

Hi all, this is my first post.

I joined when I got Ruby our red staffy pup and have been reading and reading and training and training. Came across this thread as I've been in a little panic. Ruby falls and it 'appears' she struggles to get up - legs kicking and a general clumsy look about it all. She doesn't have to be running when she falls and she doesn't appear hurt or in any pain. She's done it more than once. She's due for her third injection on Monday so will ask the vet also. Called the vet this afternoon but didn't get a return call. Both parents are clear of L2HGA......

She's 17 weeks today.....

I might be overreacting.....but I might not....

Any feedback welcome

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Post by -Ian- on Fri Jul 03 2015, 12:36

Hi ya, welcome to the forum from Flo & me.

I've split your post so that you get your own replies. As with the other thread, generally Staffies are quiet clumsy in that they have no brakes and do tend to just land where they stop when they want to lay down (my Flo does this all the time) And she will also scrabble to get up too which I could understand if she was a little barrel but she isn't Rolling Eyes

If it's something really noticable then I would mention it to the vet on your visit but hopefully you'll see that it's simply the way Staffies are.


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Post by Dogface on Fri Jul 03 2015, 12:47

Make a note of every time she does this, what she's doing at the time, etc. and let the vet know. It's probably nothing, just clumsiness, but it's as well to be sure.

When Bo was a pup he had episodes where he'd appear to lose co-ordination and fall on his side and struggle for a second before getting up. Twice he staggered head-first into a wall - BOK! - before falling and recovering quickly. By recording when this happened I quickly found out that it was his collar and lead that were the problem. When he got excited he pulled and his collar cut off blood supply to his head, causing him to partially black out. I replaced his collar with a harness and he never had another episode. That's part of the reason I don't agree with collars on dogs that pull, they can cause hidden damage without the owner being aware of it.
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Post by Mia05 on Fri Jul 03 2015, 19:00

Take notes as above and monitor the dog when they do this is it getting up perhaps when the dogs running around? If you are overly concerned speak to your vet

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Re: Clumsy Pup

Post by catch22 on Fri Jul 03 2015, 20:40

Thanks for the replys...

Dogface, I did mention to my wife that I have only ever seen her do it proper when on the lead and did mention that maybe it is cutting either blood to her head or signals from her head.

So it's really good to hear it went away when you changed collar. This is one of the things we'll be doing right away.

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