Excersise Induced Collapse?
Any ideas on this would be greatly appreciated!
After playing fetch for about 10 minutes in low 80 degree weather my dog acts drunk. It starts off with hesitation in moving forward then he gets wobbly. It's most noticeable is his back in being very wobbly. He shows minor signs of stress but nothing terrible and he doesn't not seem as if he's in pain at all. He ran into the wall head first, not hard, but obviously that's not normal. The "episode" lasted for around 10 minutes tops and the as quick as it came on it went away. He was wanting treats (didn't get them) and wanted to play like nothing happened. This is the second time this happened in the past two weeks.
What I did:
I gave him a little water and ice thinking it may be heat, even though my house is 72 and he was only outside in low 80's for ten minutes. I also filled the tub with cool water, not cold, and showed it to him and he went in it and laid down...but this is normal for him, he's addicted to water.
What I read:
I stumbled across "Exercise Induced Collapse" in dogs but so far haven't found it something that seems to be common in German Shepherds. More common in Border Collies and Labrador Retrievers. I watched some of the videos and it's very close to what I see him doing.
What I dont' think it is:
I don't think it's anything to do with heat. Like I said it was not extremely hot out today.
Brief history of my dog:
Murphy was born January 06, 2011 (will be 2 in January for those that don't want to do math). He weighs in around 90lbs and is in great shape (not fat at all). He eats Blue Buffalo Large Breed dog food and the only medication he's on is Trifexis for flea and heartworms. We've played fetch quite a bit at my old house with no problems, and just moved to this new apartment in July. He plays hard with other dogs and we go for walks with no problems, it's only happened after playing fetch.
I plan to try and get him in to see the vet tomorrow. I'd just like to have a direction to go in and ask about when I get there. I don't want the Vet to tell me "Just don't play fetch" or "Lets do an Xray" if something else can be done to find what the problem is. Basically I don't want the vet to blow it off like it's no big deal.