German shepherd puppy randomly acts dizzy, head wobbles, whines, and stumbles as if he is dunk
So i have a 12 week white german Shepard puppy that i got from one of my good friends who breeds them. They are healthy dogs and are not inbred (just in case you were wondering) - now he usually acts really healthy and happy but there have been two occurrences (including tonight) that are really making me worry.
The first time he freaked out was about 3 weeks ago at one of my friends houses. He had a normal day, played a lot, napped and ate his meals but around 8 o'clock he started acting odd. At this point we were in the sunroom and it was rather cold outside so i brought him in to lay down. At this point he started wobbling his head and acting drunk. he would whine and have trouble getting up and would fall over often. One of my friends who was at the house said he could be hypoglycemic so i gave him peanut butter, honey, and some brown rice to get his sugar up. soon after he fell asleep and woke up a few hours later and seemed a little better. then i took him outside and he went potty and started running around and acting completely fine. Now it gets really weird here.. my friend kevin came over and he had also bought one of the puppies from the same litter (my dogs brother) and we kept them in separate rooms because i was worried keelo would get his puppy sick. Then right as keelo got better, my friends dog had the exact same symptoms as mine. he gave his dog the same sugary mixture and his dog eventually was better the next morning. the only difference was that his dog threw up when he was sick and mine didn't. we thought it must have been something they had licked up in the sunroom because that was the only place they had both been in before getting sick.
now today after having a day of playing and acting totally normal my puppy started showing the same symptoms at my house. there is no way he licked up anything bad because he has his own room and nothing out of the ordinary is in there. i gave him the same mixture as i had the last time and now he finally fell asleep. I am keeping a close eye on him and am hoping he will go to the bathroom when he wakes up and be better. also he hasn't gone poop since dinner around 6 which is really odd for him because he usally goes to the bathroom about 30 min after eating. he has also seen his vet twice since i have gotten him and is taking precautionary heartworm meds and is current with his vaccinations.
any thing u can think of would be greatly appreciated and i'm sorry for such a long question 'im just really worried.
Please don't worry about the long question, usually the more I know about what's happening the better I can help.
In this case though I definitely think that you need to get a veterinary opinion as although it's possible the pups were hypoglycemic (symptoms could be similar and some Karo syrup or something similar would be the right treatment for that), I think it's unlikely to be causing their problem.
As two pups from the same litter displayed the same symptoms I tend to think it may be a genetic problem. Although you got your pup from a friend who doesn't have inbred dogs, unless this breeder does the fairly comprehensive health checks that reputable breeders should, and has studied in detail the health history of the bloodlines he/she is using, it's possible for a hereditary condition to show up.
This could be something neurological or perhaps a spinal problem. Or maybe it's something to do with his ears/balance? White dogs can have ear problems, but I'm honestly not certain if that applies to GSD's. If this breeder is knowledgeable and you trust them, then I would start by asking them for their opinion. They should know their own dogs (and breed in general) and may be able to shine some light on the situation.
However, I'm afraid I'm not a vet and this is really a situation where you need a professional evaluation of your pup. I wouldn't take a 'wait and see' approach, as these symptoms are not normal and definitely need to be evaluated.
I wish I could help more, but wish you the very best of luck with your pup and hope that he is doing much better soon.