Lab owners - heard of EIC?

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Registered: 06-27-2000
Lab owners - heard of EIC?
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Thu, 12-13-2012 - 6:07pm

EIC stands for a genetic disorder carried by labs and some other retriever breeds - Exercise Induced Collapse.  When the dog is exerting a lot, his hind end can collapse.  Seems the brain doesn't send the right signals to the muscles.  There is no treatment.  A blood test done only at University of Minnesota can detect the gene, and breeders should be sure not to breed dogs with it.  It is not painful and usually subsides in a few minutes.

I've watched the videos of what it looks like when a dog has the condition, and it's pretty much what happens to Comet when he gets tired playing fetch.  His whole back end just gives out.  My vet said that even though it's never been diagnosed in weims, Comet could have some non-Weim donors in his gene pool, so we aren't ruling it out. 

Anyone familiar with this condition?  I had never heard of it.

Barbara

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Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 12-19-2012 - 12:49pm

Oh Barbara....this is so scary for you I'm sure!!

I will tell you that when ^Samantha^ started having problems walking and going up and down the stairs I kept a large towel handy at all times....I would slip it underneath her by her back legs and, since she still had good mobility with her front legs, I was able to walk her easily.

They also sell harnesses for just this purpose....I did buy one but it was more trouble than it was worth so I sent it back.  The towel worked great....

Hugs to your puppy....

Laura
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Registered: 06-27-2000
Wed, 12-19-2012 - 9:37am

It seems Comet's issue is getting worse.  I hadn't connected this before, but he has some bowel incontinance problems, too, and the lack of control of the legs may be connected to the lack of control of the bowels.  This is very bad news for me.  My biggest concern is that I cannot pick him up if he can't get up on his own, and ice and snow are just around the corner for us.

We started him on prednisone.  I'm hoping for the best outcome.   I'll keep you posted.

Barbara

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Registered: 11-19-2001
Tue, 12-18-2012 - 12:24pm
Never heard of that condition before but sure glad it isn't painful for poor Comet!
Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Tue, 12-18-2012 - 7:51am

Hi Barbara....no...i've never heard of this before.  At least you now have an idea of what the problem is.  I also believe that even pure-bred dogs have "something" else mixed in so Comet could have a few stray lab genes.  Also, even though a syndrome is prevalent in one breed, it doesn't mean that other breeds aren't at risk.

At least it's not something that is painful....  Hugs to  your little furbaby....

Laura