Collapsing Jack Russell
We have a 6 year old male Jack Russell called Alfie. He's my beautiful boy and we love him dearly.
My question is about him collapsing. It first happend when he was 9 months old, we had taken him for a walk and he was catchng his ball. My Husband had thrown it once when he just suddenly collapsed and was out for around a minute. It looked like he had died, and we were just running with him to get him to a vet when he came round.
We took him to the vet, but by this time he was back to his normal bubbly, excitable self.
To cut a long story short Alfie then endured two years, of tests, different meds, inhalers etc. The heart specialist advised that Alfies heart was enlarged and he thoguht the problem was with his lungs....but still to this day we still don't have aproper diagnosis or solution to the problem.
Even an expensive heart monitor was strapped to him in abid to work out what was causing it, but still the vets came up with nothing, calling him "an inigma" in that they couldn't find anything specifically.
The vets told us to keep him calm and quiet and wanted to continue testing - no doubt because he is insured - After 2 years and still no answers my husband and I took the decision that we weren't going to put our boy through any more. That he was going to be allowed to live his life to the fullest and we would accept that one day he just might not wake up from one of these episodes.
Thankfully Alfie is now 6, he still looks like a puppy. Everybody who meets him LOVES him and other dog owners always compliment us on what a happy, healthy dog he is.
Thankfully the episodes of collapse became less, indeed the vets said he may just grow out of it.
However we have been nearly two years without an episode, but this week - yesterday Alfie collapsed again.
My theory is it's after periods of excitement as Tuesday we had 3 children over to play with my Daughter and ALfie was in the garden as one of the kids is afraid of all dogs!!
Yesterday the postman came to the door Alfie went nuts as he usually does....and collapsed immediately afterards.
I did as I usually do - sat with him, talking to him and stroked him, I gave him a few minutes then he went for a drink and a wee and seemed fine. He recovers very quickly from these episodes, but i do still worry.
Has anyone else had experience of their JRT collapsing did you get any answers or a diagnosis from the vets?