Does your collie suffer from the wobbles?
Border Collie Collapse (BCC) is an episodic nervous system disorder that is triggered by strenuous exercise. It's been observed in dogs used for working stock as well as dogs participating in agility or fly-ball competitions or repeatedly retrieving a ball. This disorder has also been called exercise induced collapse (EIC), exercise induced hyperthermia (EIH), stress seizures and 'the wobbles.' Research is currently underway to identify the genetic mutation that characterises the disease. If you run a collie, you should be aware of the symptoms. Dr Janette Mattey explains more about it.
Border Collies that suffer from this syndrome can generally live healthy lives, but will not be able to continue working (or performing the activity that caused the episode of collapse). They should avoid all strenuous exercise situations, and also avoid situations where they are likely to become overly excited. It is hoped that in the near future we will have further knowledge about the causes of this condition, and hopefully with this will come advances to help prevent it in the future.
Since graduating, Netty has worked in emergency and critical care, both here in Melbourne and for a short period in Birmingham (UK). She has also done a little shelter work, and currently does some part-time work at a veterinary pathology laboratory.
Netty grew up on a farm in Northern Victoria with some cattle, chooks, a goat and an Airedale Terrier. She also had a cat when I was nine, who died 10 years ago while she was working in the UK. She currently has two cats - both boys - who keep jer company and sometimes try her patience. She has have one who is quite well trained, and will sit, and fetch, and play 'paw tennis.' The other is not so bright, and has not really learnt anything other than the word dinner! She loves them both equally!
Netty is currently undertaking a project to update their database at work on the current knowledge (by literature review) on the 50 – 100 most popular dog breeds in Australia and in the USA) and the inherited diseases they are prone to.