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The problem with all the suggestions that we are tossing out (mine included) is that the vets have probably thought of them, too. If the Rimadyl, gabapentin, etc., had no effect, it's probably not a pinched nerve.

I had a standard poodle that had focal seizures. They don't present like the more generalized type. My poodle didn't do the classic whole-body twitching. Focal seizures affect only part of the brain. He could tell one was coming and would come stand next to me looking worried. He would briefly lose control on his hind limbs and bladder but was aware of his surroundings throughout the seizures. However, your dog doesn't even present like a focal seizure, since he doesn't seem to lose control of any of his limbs. Also, focal seizures are more common in some breeds (poodles included) than others. I don't know about goldens. If the vet thinks it is a realistic possibility, you could try the phenobarb for a couple of months, but I wouldn't hold out much hope that it would help.

Ceegee's suggestion of a cardiac issue is something to think about. I can imagine some kind of sporadic arrhythmia that might be hard to detect unless he's having an episode. Have you tried a Holter monitor?

Since it has happened on walks, it makes some household environmental cause unlikely (fluorescent lights, ultrasonic humidifiers, etc.).

Sounds like you've already spent a fortune on diagnostics. If you ever figure out what's happened, give us an update.
 
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oooh... Holter is a great idea-
OP, if you could touch base w any Dobe people, they often own the Holters and can rent them to others, and they know the cardios who read them via phone line.
 

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Not an expert but to me this looks like some type of seizure or a dementia episode. Did the MRI show something? Did you MRI the brain or the spine or both? I don't think this is food related, I don't understand why some vets concentrated on that.
 
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