Hey guys/girls..
First time posting in awhile, I hope someone can help. I have a golden retriever that is 8yrs old, and after he gets really excited or after he runs around a little bit, He suddenly falls over and wont move for a few seconds to a minute or so..I dont think it is a seizure, but I cant be sure and am really worried about my long time friend..
can anyone help or can point me in the right direction?

thanks for yer time,
badphish
can anyone help or can point me in the right direction?

The right direction is to your vet.
In spite of what you say, it does sound very much like a seizure.

You need to see the vet.
~~Judy
Siezures are dangerous and often can happen in a vet's office due to the dog or puppy smelling the blood from the dogs being put to death by the vet. Be careful what vet you go to as they are all cut from the same cloth in my show dog experience. Fresh air and a walk with your dog a few times a day off leash would help it's possible epilepsy. epilepsy is obvious in a dog or a person as it is very intense and you do not need to guess if a dog or person has it.
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Hey guys/girls.. First time posting in awhile, I hope someone can help. I have a golden retriever that is 8yrs ... and am really worried about my long time friend.. can anyone help or can point me in the right direction?

your dog needs to see a vet ASAP. heart disease can make that happen.

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Hey guys/girls.. First time posting in awhile, I hope someone can help. I have a golden retriever that is 8yrs ... my long time friend.. can anyone help or can point me in the right direction? thanks for yer time, badphish

Yep, take him to a vet. A couple of possibilities - could be a seizure (does he paddle with his legs after he falls over?), or could be syncope, brought on by low oxygen to the brain. My GSD had seizures, and one of my chihuahuas, who has a huge heart murmur, gets syncope now and then. There are meds that can help for seizures and heart problems.
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Hey guys/girls.. First time posting in awhile, I hope someone can help. I have a golden retriever that is 8yrs ... my long time friend.. can anyone help or can point me in the right direction? thanks for yer time, badphish

Our 8-year old whippet had the same symptons.
With him, it turned out to be anaemia. Red blood cells supply oxygen to muscles. If there aren't enough of them, the muscles suddenly stop working and the dog flops. Ours would lie very still for a few minutes then recover.

A blood test will reveal this. A whippet's blood is usually 50% red cells. With ours, his pcv (packed cell volume) went down to 33%, then even lower, reaching 18%, just short of coma/transfusion.
He was diagnosed with IMHA (Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia) meaning that his immune system idiopathically (for no apparent reason) started attacking his red cells.
The drug treatment involved prednisolone (a corticosteroid) imuran and cyclosporine (expensive immune suppresser).
He recovered gradually and is okay now.
Nick in Sydney
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