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Sunday, 7 October 2012
Border Collie Collapse syndrome
blue eyed collie boy who you photographed as a pup has just been
diagnosed with assumed Border Collie Collapse. Which means no more
agility or full on play with the others. He started on some suggested
supplements but it doesn't seem much is known about the condition &
there isn't a genetic test. If any of your readers have dogs with this
condition I would be interested in speaking to them
Please post here or/and email firstname.lastname@example.org
Border Collie collapse is similar to the exercise-induced collapse
syndrome in retrievers. Alternative names include ‘the wobbles’,
exercise-induced hyperthermia and stress seizures. It is episodic
because it is triggered by vigorous exercise, excitement or high
environmental temperature or a combination of two or more factors. An
exact explanation is the subject of ongoing research, as is the search
for a genetic factor.
The problem manifests within five to
fifteen minutes of starting to exercise or after stopping exercise, with
disorientation and vacancy, swaying and staggering to one side, and a
bizarre, altered gait. The legs may even cross over when the dog turns.
This lasts for a variable length of time and then the dog is normal once
more without any apparent side-effects from the episode.
is why you have been advised your dog can do no more agility or ‘full on
play’ with other dogs. As the Border Collie is an inherently active and
willing worker, this must have come as a real blow to you.