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Old 03-17-2010, 09:15 AM   #1
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Last night we had quite a scare with our 4 year old yorkie. All of a sudden he started making this choking sort of noise that he usually makes when he throws up. However, he didn't throw up and instead starting acting very disoriented and couldn't stand up. It's looked he was drunk. This only last for a minute or two and he went back to normal almost right away. Today he's walking around belching more than usual, but seems back to normal. I'm thinking he probably picked something up and it was lodged in his throat and made him uncomfortable. He's very sensitive. Because he's back to normal, I'm not rushing to the vet, but I am keeping an eye out. Just wondering if this happened to anyone else?
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Well, just keep an eye on him...When someone says walking drunk and wobbly, I think of Liver Shunt.

You should have you had his Bile Acids tested ~ just to be sure
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Old 05-29-2010, 05:52 AM   #3
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Just wanted to say that it happened again. I'm not sure what's going on, but I will take him to the vet on Monday. This has happened again since I first posted about the incident two months ago (at least I haven't seen it, maybe it happened when I wasn't home?). Does anyone know what this could be? Is it possible that it's a seizure? The scary part is that it lasted a couple of minutes and then he goes back to normal.
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IDK for certain what is gong on with your boy but do know he should see a vet and get the bile acids test done as TLC posted to you before. What you're describing can be a sign of liver shunt or other problems. This is not something you want to just wait and see if it happens again, he needs to be evaluated by a vet.
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Please do a search for Liver Shunt and the symptoms. There are also videos on u tube that show dogs w/liver shunts when they have HE. They act like they are drunk, head pressing (walking with head against wall, etc)

you should go to the vet
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Nothing more I can add. Just want to say that I totally agree. You need to take him to the vet!
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Last night we had quite a scare with our 4 year old yorkie. All of a sudden he started making this choking sort of noise that he usually makes when he throws up. However, he didn't throw up and instead starting acting very disoriented and couldn't stand up. It's looked he was drunk. This only last for a minute or two and he went back to normal almost right away. Today he's walking around belching more than usual, but seems back to normal. I'm thinking he probably picked something up and it was lodged in his throat and made him uncomfortable. He's very sensitive. Because he's back to normal, I'm not rushing to the vet, but I am keeping an eye out. Just wondering if this happened to anyone else?
I agree as all Yorkies need to have Bile Acids Test, but these symptoms could also be caused from a lack of oxygen, after coughing, putting stress on his trachea and causing temporary collapse of the trachea.

There are medications that can help, cough meds prevent the cough which aggravates the condition (when coughing becomes more frequent), and bone/joint supplements can help repair/strengthen the cartilage.

A quick test to determine if this may be the problem is to gently touch his throat. If he coughs, it very well could be CT, and you would want to have your vet make a diagnosis (possibly X-ray) and recommendations for managing this defect, as it will get worse with age.

If his episodes are monthly, this could be an early catch, and feeding bone/joint supplements now could help make a difference in his quality of life in his later years.

Also, this is one of the major reasons Yorkies need to be walked with harnesses only, never use a collar on them.

Videos of different coughs:

http://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/yor...d-trachea.html

Become familiar with this in case he passes out:

http://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/yor...uture-use.html

Hope this helps, and I'm sorry I missed your earlier post.
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Well, just keep an eye on him...When someone says walking drunk and wobbly, I think of Liver Shunt.

You should have you had his Bile Acids tested ~ just to be sure
due to being 4 years old and choking not sure that could be it as if liver shunt it would have shown up before 4 with those symptoms. If something was lodged they can lose their breath and get disoriented which sounds to be the case.

It would not hurt to have bats done to be on the safe side but OP has the ALT ever been off with blood work?

I would just keep an eye on him and if it happens again take him in.

If belching then tummy is gassy and could be gastrointestinal issue when he went to vomit it got stuck and he got disoriented but keep an eye on him just to be sure.

if your gut was he picked something up that could be the case as i always say follow your gut on things. If it happens again though then i would have him in asap

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Just wanted to say that it happened again. I'm not sure what's going on, but I will take him to the vet on Monday. This has happened again since I first posted about the incident two months ago (at least I haven't seen it, maybe it happened when I wasn't home?). Does anyone know what this could be? Is it possible that it's a seizure? The scary part is that it lasted a couple of minutes and then he goes back to normal.
oh wow did not see all posts and that old one was march. I would take him in then but due to age this could be epilepsy as well as epilepsy usually creeps up about the age of 3 in dogs and due to being 4 this could be the case

I would have a full neurological exam if liver comes up ok before going to pheno or PB for epilepsy to make sure all basis were covered with a neurologist before using those drugs as they are strong.

Have them check the liver with bats but if it is liver shunt at that age then most likely multiples and cannot be repaired if multiples

Has he had any stones or uti issues?

Does this ever happen within 2 hrs of eating?

what percentage of protein are you feeding?

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Thanks for your replies. I will take him to the vet and get tests done.

Just to clarify, this incident happened only twice, two months apart. Each time it looks as if he's about to throw up and has something lodged in his throat. As for other symptoms, he's generally very healthy. He'll occasionally throw up because he's a really quick eater, but nothing out of the ordinary. One of the things that I have noticed and brought up the vet is that he often makes these kind of choking sounds like there's something stuck in his throat. The doc said he's probably just eating hair or dust on the floor. But this might be related so I'm going to bring it up again.

As for liver shunt, the symptoms just don't fit. He seems otherwise really healthy. But I will get him checked out for it.

Could it be epilepsy? It does sort of look like a seizure, but how often do epileptic seizures occur in dogs?

Any other ideas what it may be? Remember, he's 4 years old.
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Thanks for your replies. I will take him to the vet and get tests done.

Just to clarify, this incident happened only twice, two months apart. Each time it looks as if he's about to throw up and has something lodged in his throat. As for other symptoms, he's generally very healthy. He'll occasionally throw up because he's a really quick eater, but nothing out of the ordinary. One of the things that I have noticed and brought up the vet is that he often makes these kind of choking sounds like there's something stuck in his throat. The doc said he's probably just eating hair or dust on the floor. But this might be related so I'm going to bring it up again.

As for liver shunt, the symptoms just don't fit. He seems otherwise really healthy. But I will get him checked out for it.

Could it be epilepsy? It does sort of look like a seizure, but how often do epileptic seizures occur in dogs?

Any other ideas what it may be? Remember, he's 4 years old.
if it happens when choking then think it is an oxygen thing and KJC may be right with the CT situation. You could have trachea xrayed to rule it out. Have you seen the videos of CT dogs on here?

Epilepsy is more of a seizure activity. There really is no test for epilepsy they just rule everything out and if seizure activity is there then deem it epilepsy and give meds. Not sure what you are describing is this since it is coming with a possible vomitting.

It sounds like he could be acid refluxing vomit up and choking though and that can be digestive.

Just keep an eye and take notes so you can pin point what is triggering this behavior

if it is not occuring within 2 hrs of eating probably not liver shunt as usually they behave this way within two hrs of eating food as liver cannot release toxins as not functioning 100%

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OK, thanks for all the help and support!!!
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here is a wobbly dog video - does this look familiar?

http://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/sic...preciated.html
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Just checking in for an update... Hope your little one is doing okay...
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I just posted a thread called "vision worsening". My yorkie started wobbling about 11 this morning and salivating alot. I took her in to the vet and she couldnt find anything wrong. Its been 5 hrs n she seems better but she doesnt want to walk very far before she lays down. Shes not herself.
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