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What is Involuntary Muscle Trembling?

Involuntary muscle trembling is any repetitive muscle movement that is impossible for the animal to control. It can affect a single, isolated limb, or be a generalized movement that includes the entire body. It can happen when your dog is at rest or in the process of carrying out an intended movement. Movements can be intermittent and unpredictable, or they may regularly occur at a certain time or during a certain task. The trembling may be only a few seconds in duration, or it may last for an extended period. Very severe tremors can make it difficult for a dog to eat or stand and may result in serious complications if not treated immediately.

Involuntary muscle trembling is a type of involuntary movement that manifests as tremors, twitches or continuous shaking. This is usually a result of chemical and neurological imbalance rather than weakness in the muscles. There can be many contributing factors including hereditary, environmental, and age-related issues. As well as being distressing to the dog, this may interfere with normal motor functions, and in very severe cases can be life-threatening.

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Symptoms of Involuntary Muscle Trembling in Dogs

  • You notice a tremor in one or several limbs which your dog is at rest
  • You notice your dog is weak and trembling when he attempts to move
  • You notice your dog has a persistent twitch or tic that persists during sleep
  • Your dog has severe bouts of shaking which may involve the entire body
  • Your dog appears to have seizures.
  • You see behavioral changes in your dog, especially increased anxiety in relation to tasks which involve movement.
  • Your dog is incapable or has difficulty completing normal tasks, such jumping onto the couch or climbing stairs.
Types
  • Resting Tremor - a back and forth movement in part or all of the body while the muscles are at rest and supported by gravity.
  • Action Tremor - a tremor that occurs when a muscle is contracted in a voluntary action. The contraction could just be to maintain a standing position, called a postural tremor, or it could be in order to move a limb called a kinetic tremor. Kinetic tremors are some of the most common in dogs.
  • Twitch - a twitch is a movement located in small bands of muscle fibers that can cause a rippling movement under the skin. Unlike tremors they can continue while the animal is asleep.
  • Generalized Tremors - a tremor which involves the entire body and seems to be without cause.
  • Cerebellar related tremor - a kinetic tremor which is caused by some kind of disease or abnormality in the cerebellum. These often start with the head and can result in balance issues. They do not persist during sleep or under anesthesia.
  • Myoclonus - a type of seizure which involves quick involuntary shaking, usually of short duration, with no loss of consciousness. Labrador Retriever Breeds sometimes experience myoclonus in response an auditory stimulus.

Causes of Involuntary Muscle Trembling in Dogs

Similar looking muscle tremors can often have very different causes, so it’s important to examine all the possibilities. Most tremors are the result of a chemical or neurological imbalance in the brain.

  • Hereditary - many types of hereditary conditions can cause tremors. One of the most well-known is Generalized Tremor Syndrome which is the result of a congenital condition most common in small breeds like White Terriers and Maltese, although it can occur in any breed. It isn’t always apparent at birth but often appears between the first and second years of a dog’s life. Orthostatic Tremor (OT) is a postural tremor that only affects the dog while standing still. It is found sometimes in breeds of large dogs such as Great Danes and Deerhounds.
  • Drugs and Toxins - many drugs and toxins can cause tremors in dogs, including some which are safe for humans such as caffeine. Some drugs prescribed to dogs can also cause tremors as a side effect, so check the medications your dog is taking.
  • Injury to the Brain - tremors are often caused by abnormal brain activity. All types of brain injuries including trauma, stroke and brain tumors can cause this.
  • Canine Distemper - cerebellar related tremors and myoclonic seizure both occur as part of canine distemper, although this is an unlikely cause if your dog has shots.
  • Age - Dogs can sometimes develop tremors as they age, called Physiologic and Essential Tremor Syndrome. These age-related tumors often involve the pelvis, and they can worsen with anxiety or intense emotions. The tremors can be very slight at first, but over time they may progressively worsen and cause balance and coordination problems.
  • Seizure - Seizures can look very different on different dogs, so don’t rule them out even if your dog’s symptoms don’t fit the traditional Grand Mal Seizure. Periods of pronounced shaking in can often be preceded by an initial anxiety period, and a post seizure period of disorientation, confusion, and weakness (see seizure section.)

Diagnosis of Involuntary Muscle Trembling in Dogs

The veterinarian will perform all regular tests such as blood and urine tests to see if there is any abnormality. He will go over your dog’s family history and medications as well as possible exposure to toxins or contagious diseases. Brain imaging tests such a CT and MRI can determine abnormal brain activity or injury to the brain.

Close observation will help to determine the frequency and duration of your dog’s trembling and if there is a pattern of the cause. This is invaluable information for the veterinarian since involuntary muscle trembling which occurs intermittently or unpredictably can be difficult to diagnose. Sometimes videotaping your dog can help show the veterinarian what an attack looks like if it’s impossible to demonstrate during an office visit. Additional symptoms such as behavior and appetite changes can also be helpful.

If the veterinarian decides an MRI or CT is necessary this will require another office visit and probably an anesthetic to avoid distress and ensure the test can be carried out.

Treatment of Involuntary Muscle Trembling in Dogs

The method of treatment will depend largely on the cause of the tremors. Many sources of involuntary muscle trembling cannot be cured, but it is possible to treat the symptoms and help your dog compensate for the disability.

  • Severe trembling attacks that will not stop should be treated as an emergency. Medications such as diazepam can help to stop the tremors and the veterinarian will also be able to treat the dehydration and hypothermia that result from such a prolonged attack.
  • If the cause is determined to be one of the medications your dog is currently taking, a different medication can be prescribed.
  • If the cause is exposure to a toxin, removing the toxin is usually an effective treatment.
  • Some hereditary conditions can be treated or ameliorated with medication, but there is often not a cure for this type of condition. Taking medication for a lifelong condition can also have further complications.
  • Medication can help tremors that are a result of brain injury, but it will depend on the severity. Some tumors can be removed with surgery, but this is risky and may involve further complications.
  • Age-related tremors are difficult to treat. Your dog may be able to take medication to help with the symptoms, depending on the advice of your veterinarian.

Recovery of Involuntary Muscle Trembling in Dogs

Depending on the cause, some dogs with involuntary muscle trembling can be treated and make a full recovery. Others may be able to lead fulfilling lives with tremors that cause only mild problems. Your veterinarian may recommend specific exercises to practice or movements to avoid. Trembling may prevent your dog from engaging in strenuous exercise, but mild exercise will help with overall health. Try to avoid weight gain as this will further complicate mobility. If this is a problem, discuss an appropriate diet with your veterinarian.

Involuntary Muscle Trembling Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Bear
Cockerpoo
16 Weeks
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Medication Used

none

Took our 4 month old Cockerpoo out for a walk in fields today she has come back and her rear right back leg is jerking and causing her much distress. (She gets up and try’s to move somewhere else quickly but doesn’t seem to limp?) she twitches and jerks it and then sets about licking it......have looked at it in close detail but cannot find any sign of obvious damage, also she is lethargic her breathing seems much faster generally....
Any suggestions or help greatly received.
Phil

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the leg jerking that you are describing, it would be best to give Bear strict rest and restrict movement for a day or so to see if there is any improvement; if you see no improvement or the jerking gets worse you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as some hip disorders, spinal disorders among other issues may cause this symptom. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog has been having involuntary head tremors to the point his head is moving rapidly up and down in short repetitive bursts to the point his lower jaw is opening closing hard enough to make a dull sound.

Many thanks, really appreciate the advice.
Phil

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Rhett
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Our pup has had head tremors in front of us twice in the past 5 days. He is a 7 month old rescue who appears to be a labunch wI think rottweiler and shepard.
We had never seen these movements before. We spent the weekend with friends who have a few dogs, the day we returned home he was exhausted. That day we saw it for the first time. It didn't last more than a minute. The 2nd time was 5 days later. He was responsive when we called him and they stopped in about 15 seconds when I touched him. He is vaccinated for distemper.
Should we be concerned and take further action ah this time?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These type of head tremors are usually caused by some central or peripheral nervous system disease, trauma or idiopathic in nature. When he has some trembling episode; make note of the location of the tremors, duration and interval between (even if it is measured in days) so that you can give as much information to your Veterinarian as possible. You may visit your Veterinarian now to check for signs of trauma or you can wait to gather more information; if they become more frequent or more severe (if Rhett loses consciousness or has incontinence during an episode), visit your Veterinarian for a neurological exam. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I jus bought a puppy 7-8 weeks old had it for 4 hours ate good pooped drinks water no vomiting everything seems fine until she fell asleep her body was shaking almost thought it was fast breathing but it was to fast. Maybe tremors what could this be an could it be serious?

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Lily
American Cocker Spaniel
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tremors

I adopted a young cocker spaniel with a post distemper tremor. We have tried two different medications that have been known to help these tremors although they are for heart conditions. Neither was helpful and caused her diarrhea so we had to stop them. We also tried Botox injections as my vet had read about some trials relating to this treatment . However,after two rounds, we realized these were not really effective. I'm wondering if you know of new advances in veterinary medicine to help with these tremors. I feel bad for my Lily because her leg seems to get tired

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately not much can be done regarding post distemper tremors, the use of medications like Procinamide and Phenobarbital are more anecdotal than science with few published works on the effects (the few published works show little or no improvement); the use of Botox injections has been used in some neurological conditions, but I don’t know of it’s use for post distemper tremor. Whilst this can be a distressing condition, this may be something which Lily needs to live with for the rest of her life with a risk of progression of the tremors. I am sorry I am unable to give any useful information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Noel
King Charles Spaniel
11
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
jerking

I have an eleven year old king charles spaniel mix. She has had two episodes (that I know of) over the past two weeks. She seems very restless and then starts jerking all over her body. The jerking is episodic and eventually she becomes weak and has difficulty standing/moving. The episodes last several hours. She has a limited area to roam free so I do not think there is any toxin concern and she has always stayed up to date on her vaccines. Taking her to the vet tomorrow when they open (past experience with ER vet was horrible and costly for a misdiagnosis). Any idea what might be going on?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few causes for trembling in dogs including poisoning and toxins, nerve inflammation, tumours, liver disease, kidney disease, infections, age or trauma to name a few. When she is shaking all over her body check her eye position, rigidity of limbs and responsiveness to being called as your Veterinarian may ask during a neurological examination; your Veterinarian may perform blood tests and x-rays to assist in the diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chandler
Welsh Terrier
11
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

trembling

Chandler has been trembling ever since he was a pup, but it seems to have worsened after we stopped an antibiotic for a UTI. Have heard that its common for this breed to have kidney and urinary tract issues and he is an older dog. He seems happy, runs, plays, eats and drinks plenty of water. Did notice while ruff-housing with him a few days ago he yelped when I was ruffling his ears. But upon closer examination, his ears appear to be OK. No redness or obvious swelling.
Chandler and his sister, Lucy who is 7, both have allergies and we were told early on that the trembling was due to allergies, but am wondering since it's gotten more pronounced of late in Chandler, should he be seen by the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Changes in long-term conditions like muscle trembling should be investigated by your Veterinarian as it maybe a sign of progression of an existing problem or the symptoms of a new condition. Increased tremors or shaking could just be relating to age which usually get worse with excitement; also poisoning, trauma, infections and tumours may cause a changing in the severity in trembling. It maybe valuable to carry out blood tests (counts, biochemistry etc…) since he is over ten years old just to check his overall internal health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chuco
Pit bull/Australian cattle dog
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Loss of Appetite
Spazums in his head only
Not wanting to drink water
Sleeping all the time

My dog is barely a year old he is usually active but for the past 3 days he has been weak he is starting to have what looks like spazams where only his head moves he has fever as well

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Involuntary head tremors are common in Pit Bull breeds and generally last for three minutes; they are not painful and we don’t know the cause (idiopathic).There is no direct test to confirm, only ruling out other causes with neurological exams and radiology studies; it is a diagnosis of exclusion. Remember that dogs have a higher physiological temperature than humans so what is considered fever for a human may be normal for a dog, see Merck link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/head-tremors
www.merckvetmanual.com/appendixes/reference-guides/normal-rectal-temperature-ranges

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Lilly
West Highland White Terrier
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

only right side is twitching
Not eating
Tail between legs
Twitching

Medication Used

Robaxin

3 days ago I noticed my westies right eye had an involuntary fast twitch and right side of face would do it if I tried to feed her a treat on right side. The twitching doesn't stop. I then noticed her right leg was doing it as well and she would hold it up. I took her to dr and they ran blood tests that came back completely normal and prescribed her robaxin. This morning I fed her and she wouldn't eat and again tonight she wouldn't eat. She kept gagging. When I tried to play with her she jumped up to get her toy and fell to the side when she landed. Her tail is between her legs which I have never seen. Lilly is just turned 3 in November and has all her shots and has had no problems her entire life. Please help. I am terrified something bad is wrong. I could be completely over reacting, but when I tried to feed her tonight it almost looked as if she couldn't see very well. My husband said I am doing nothing but staring at her making it worse, but I am her mama and I know something is wrong.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend you return to your Veterinarian as rare side effects of Robaxin use in dogs include muscle weakness and ataxia (which may explain the falling over) as well as vomiting and excessive salivation. There are numerous different causes for the symptoms which Lily is presenting including infections, trauma, tumours, nerve inflammation or poisoning; a thorough physical examination is required to help determine a diagnosis, sometimes further imaging studies like CT or MRI may be useful but may be cost prohibitive. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Biggie
American Bulldog
5 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

head tremmors

Medication Used

none

I have a 5 year American bulldog/ pit bull mix (Biggie). I adopted him from a rescue when he was 1 yr old. The first year I had him he had 3 episodes of head tremors but none after that. Over the last 2 days he has had 2 episodes lasting about 2 minutes each time. During these episodes he is alert and responds to commands and sometimes there is a pause in the episode if I can get him to focus on something else. Is this a case of idiopathic head tremmors and what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Idiopathic (no known cause) head tremors have been reported in bulldog breeds and generally last one to three minutes in duration. Whilst there is no known cause for idiopathic head tremors, other possible causes should be ruled out by your Veterinarian. In these types of cases, no treatment is necessary as there is no real benefit and the side effects of medication are undesirable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chicha
ShihTzu
8
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling, head twitching

My dog trembles some times. Noticed it about 4 years ago. Then just before moving back to Hawaii, he would become agitated, panting , climbing on my head, wanting to go outside then he would take off running. Ended up taking him to vet. They felt it was because of the move. Since returning to Hawaii , it's been off and on with this behavior. Plus he got into the cat litter pan a few times and dug his head in it. Also will know over food bowls. His head will twitch or jerk from side to side. One night he got out my house and had run down the road.Today has been the worst . It started from morning and 11 pm he's still doing it. Also, he will be sitting on the sofa and all of a sudden launch off the sofa, or if he's on the ground , jump up. I feel like something is dreadfully wrong with him. Don't know if it's some kind of psychosis, mental illness or if he's in pain

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The cause for Chica’s symptoms (the agitation and running etc…) may be stress related due to moving or other anxiety problems. The involuntary movements may be due to inflammation, musculoskeletal disorders, brain tumours, inflammation among others. Meningitis, brain tumours, toxins, nutritional deficiency or trauma may be attributable to the symptoms that Chica has; without carrying out an examination I cannot suggest a course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rotchie
Mixed
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Involuntary movement of jaw (similar to hiccup)

I have a 2 year old male crossbreed dog from a ShihTzu (sire) and Rottweiler (dam) both are also my dogs. My dear Rotchie is suffering from acute involuntary movement of jaw. This symptoms arise last December 2016 until now. My vet told me that he showed signs of distemper but he doesn't have fever or anything else. He is just inside our house and doesn't contact with unknown dogs. He has an appetite and he eats a lot. He is also playful and doesn't show lethargicness. It's just that his excessive (hiccup) all day even at rest I'm concerned about. He's been like that for over 3 months already I think. I wonder what's the cause and how to treat his condition. I'm giving him vitamin b complex, is it fine? Should I continue or discontinue his vitamins? It breaks my heart to see him like that. Please tell how to make it stop if not totally eradicate.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Possible causes may be due to trauma, neurological disorders (including tumours), cervical vertebrae problems, small foreign bodies in the mouth, damaged teeth, smelling a dog on heat or poisoning. It is possible that a dog may have distemper as not all the symptoms may present, especially in adult dogs or vaccinated dogs which is possibly why your Veterinarian may suspect it. A more thorough work up may be needed, if there is inflammation of the masseter muscles (cheeks), steroids usually resolve the condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beesly
Terrier/chihuahua
16 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

None. Diagnosed during regular check

My 16 week old terrier/chihuahua mix started falling over, then tremors started and now she is having tremors and then falling over...vet said she is perfectly physically healthy. It seems to be becoming more frequently that she is having them. She is very frisky and playful but once the tremors take over, they take everything out of her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tremors may occur for various reasons any may be due to stress, congenital disorders, head trauma, poisoning or idiopathic; Chihuahuas may develop hydrocephalus where there is an increase in cerebrospinal fluid pressure which may lead to neurological symptoms like tremors, falling over, seizures etc… This would need to be discussed with your Veterinarian to explore management options and to determine if this is the cause of the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/hydrocephalus

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tyson
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

tired
eyes rolling
twitching

Medication Used

none

my 5 year old staffie when resting has his tongue slightly out, twitching of the face, ears and front legs eyes look like the are rolling but half open. lasts until you shout him then seems ok? but tired.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This can be caused by a dog being asleep or from some condition. If Tyson is otherwise healthy and doesn’t display these symptoms whilst alert and fully awake I wouldn’t be too concerned at this point. Keep an eye on it, but if the symptoms display when he is alert and moving round; visit your Veterinarian for a neurological examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sabrina
Terrier mix chihuahua
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Uncontrollable jerking

Medication Used

none

My loveable sabrina has just started jerking her back end up and down while she is relaxed about 3 to 4 times a day. Sometimes it's a couple seconds other times it can go 30 to 45 seconds.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible causes for uncontrolled jerking of the body including spinal problems (luxation, herniation etc…), nerve inflammation, trauma, poisoning, among other causes. I cannot say for certain the cause of the jerking, but you would need to visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jeff
Catahoula
4.5
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

stiff gait
hind end weakness
Twitching

Medication Used

pyridistigmine bromide 45mg 3x/day

My dog was diagnosed with Myasthenia Graves and Megaesophagus about 10 months ago. He is pretty stable, maintaining weight (eating in chair, upright, meatballs consistency). Currently taking generic mestinon 45mg, 3x/day. We are seeing a DACVIM who we trust and respect but we both agree that we aren't sure what is doing on with some involuntary muscle twitching we see in the face and, now, the shoulder/back legs. Before we jump to a whole new round of testing, I thought I would ask here. We see twitching (happens when he is asleep and awake). Until today, I only saw it in the cheek muscles and occasionally the top of the head (we have been watching closely for signs of MMM). Today, I noticed twitching in the shoulder and back legs. He seems a bit more "myasthenic" today. Stiffer gait, no appetite (a first for him).
As I sit here googling possible conditions (i.e.: MMM, polymytosis), I am wondering if you had thoughts/suggestions. I can't seem to find any muscle disorders that describe twitching like this (it looks like quick ripples under the skin. I have a video uploaded and can provide the link, if you like). Thanks in advance. Love this site. Very informative and helpful.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Twitching of the skin or fasciculations may occur in response to pain, itching or other irritation; the problem for Jeff is that his condition can cause a whole manner of neuromuscular problems. Myokymia is twitching of muscles which is only a symptom of another condition, below is a link to a video which I believe is what you’re describing. If you are seeing these symptoms, it may be just a case of increasing his meds (if Jeff is a 90lb Catahoula he would be on the minimum dose at 45mg tid); but you would need to consult with your Internist first. Unfortunately I cannot really add anything at this stage. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCgW0q17bwQ

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Nala
Lab mix. Med. size
10 we
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

twitching while sleeping
Coughing

Hi! I just adopted a 10 week old pup from a shelter. She twitches a lot but mainly when she is asleep. She also has a bit of a cough as well... Is there any way to tell apart the initial stages of distemper from just twitching while she sleeps? She also had a bit of a low fever yesterday.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Slight twitching while sleeping is normal to an extent, the twitching would need to be tied to other symptoms to be clinically significant. A rectal temperature above around 103°F would class as a serious fever; distemper normally presents initially with eye discharge followed by fever, nasal discharge, cough, loss of appetite and then neurological symptoms like twitching, head tilt and circling. A diagnosis of distemper would have to be made by laboratory test, there is no ‘at home’ tell or indicator. If the symptoms continue, visit your Veterinarian for a quick check over to rule out the usual causes and to make sure Nala is alright; also, if not started, speak with your Veterinarian about vaccination and parasite control. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Candy
Rat Terrier
14 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid heart rate
Weakness
Unable to move
Unable to hold head up
Alert
slight drooling
Slight panting
Twitching of legs

Our pup candy had a small litter(2) of puppies 5 weeks ago only one survived. She had a spell that lasted roughly 8 hours 3 weeks ago. Today it started as weakness and thirsty then she vomited all the water that she drank. She was still able to walk unsteadily. A couple hours passed and she became unable to move just laid there with rapid heart rate and twitching of legs. Occasionally it will become more intense. We can not afford a vet for a couple more days when paycheck comes in. What can we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the symptoms you are describing which may include hypoglycemia or hypocalcemia. Hypocalcemia is usually noticed in females immediately after whelping (within hours or days) and is uncommon to occur afterwards; hypoglycemia may occur for a variety of reasons and a way to test at home would be to put some corn syrup under her tongue to see if there is any improvement in her condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/hypoglycemia
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/low-blood-calcium

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Onyx
Chihuahua
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling and diarrhea

Medication Used

None just normal heartwoem

It's just past thanksgiving and my chihuahua it trembling off and on even in a rested state, and he has diarrhea. He is 3 years old. The trembling is about once every 10 to 15 seconds and only last a second or less. He did eat turkey (white meat). He usually eats chicken and some vegetables (carotid mainly), no onions. He also likes potatoes. He hasn't shown any signs of problems with this stuff in the past, though my wife did feed him a lot of turkey in the past three days. Is this something I should be rinsing him to the vet over or is it something that will pass with fluids some rice and close monitoring? Do you think it may have been caused by too much turkey?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few reasons why a dog may be shaking; usually due to pain (musculoskeletal pain or visceral), neurological disease or poisoning. When people feed food (turkey or any other food) that was prepared for humans to their dogs, they forget about seasoning of the food which may pose a health risk to their loved one (salt, garlic powder and other seasonings). Checking Onyx’s legs and abdomen for a pain response may help to indicate where the problem may originate. It would be worth having Onyx checked over by your Veterinarian to determine the cause to make sure that it isn’t something more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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The symptoms only occurred the one day that I asked for advice and have not returned. I made sure he had clean water (wetypically change it everyday anyway), and I gave him a little rice with some chicken flavoring and he has been fine ever since. maybe he had just a passing stomach bug or he ate a little too much the night before.

Thanks for your quick reply. He doesn't seem to be trembling now and he is playing with our other dog. He never likes his back legs grabbed, not even gently but when he is relaxed I can touch his legs, petting, without him trying to grab my hand. He is not reactive to his stomach being touched. Maybe it was just an upset stomach for the day? If it comes back then I will take him to get checked out but I think we may be through it. Thanks again.

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Toby
Mixed: GSP, German Shepherd, Black Lab
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Muscle Tremors
Seizures

Our dog Toby has been experiencing pretty intense full body muscle tremors for the past few months. They always happen in the middle of the night, luckily he sleeps in bed with us so we have been able to detect them. The tremors started off as what seemed like a head bob and evolved into full body tremors that seem to round off his spine and involve a back and forth motion of all 4 legs. During one incident I wanted to see if he could walk, and he collapsed when the tremor took over his spine. He is conscious, calm, and his behavior, appetite, and activity level haven't changed at all. Tremors last for 40-60 minutes in duration and aside form a few months ago when they happened 3 nights in a row, they tend to occur every 30 days. He has always eaten a homemade diet, so I looked into changing the recipe and adding more calcium/magnesium. We also discovered that our basement apartment was full of black mold - we lived there for 5 months, and the tremors evolved shortly after that along with some type of allergic reaction, which we assumed later was mold related. We have been living in our new place for 2 weeks, and he experienced another tremor last night, although it has lessened in severity. He seemed hungry when this occurred so I wondered whether or not blood sugar might be a factor - although he is part lab and is ALWAYS hungry. Wanting to get pet insurance before we take him to the vet as this can be costly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Muscle tremors are a symptom of mycotoxicosis which may be caused by the presence of black mold in the environment being breathed in. It seems that since you have moved to your new place, the latest tremor has lessened in severity which is a good sign, but one episode doesn’t indicate a trend. The presence of black mold may lead to respiratory distress and allergic reactions as well as more severe symptoms like tremors etc… Treatment wise, removing the dog from the moldy environment is the first step along with supportive treatment where required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank You so much for your response - we will look into having tests run.

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Lucy
English bulldog
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

None

Medication Used

None

My 2 yo English Bulldog, Lucy, has jerking motions/twitching in what seems to be her hind area - sometimes her legs, but sometimes her back (I wish I could post a video). It lasts for about an hour and it scares her but doesn't cause her pain. It's usually in the middle of the night. All her blood work is normal and the next step is a neurologist. I just wonder if it's not really treatable, she can be comfortable, if putting her through extensive diagnostic testing is necessary. I already have an IMHA dog who has cost in the tens of thousand of dollars to treat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Twitching may be caused by spinal disorders, tumours or inflammation; if there is a luxation of the vertebrae a nerve can be trapped causing spasms, pain and discomfort. X-rays would be useful to see any anomalies in the spine. A course of anti-inflammatory drugs may be useful, but this would need to be discussed with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
Yorkshire Terrier
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I recently rescued a 4.5 year old yorkie. The rescue group got her from South Korea from the dog meat festival. She was vetted and checked for any issues before being put up for adoption. She recently hurt her leg jumping off a bed and the vet prescribed her an anti-inflammatory/aspirin medication. On day 2 of the meds she had what I thought was a seizure. It lasted about a minute, her ears were pushed back(they’re usually standing straight up), she was curled in a ball, but looked up at me when I said her name, then her body stretched back and her legs were stiff, but bent. I figured it was a side effect from the meds, so I stopped giving her them. Tonight, about 3-4 weeks later, she tried to stand up to walk but stopped and I could tell something was wrong because she was shaking/trembling a bit. So I grabbed her and cuddled her on my lap while she laid shaking, her ears were pushed back again, her left front and back legs were spasming and bent up again. This time it didnt seem as serious as a seizure, but lasted around a minute or two. She seems okay now, no more shaking but seems a little tired. She’s eating and drinking fine. I’m not sure if these episodes are seizures or tremors? I’m not in the financial position for vet bills at the moment, but I’m scared this could be serious.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Seizures and tremors can be quite similar, but the rigid extension of limbs I would be more leaning towards some type of seizure. Other causes like spinal injury, brain injury (you never know what physical treatment Stella went through before she was rescued) or toxins may cause these symptoms; before settling on a diagnosis of tremors or seizures the other possible causes should be ruled out first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kaiser
German Shepherd Dog
11 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

My puppy had hid first booster shot on Feb 23. 20 mins later, he was having seizures. We ended up taking him to e.r. vet, where he spent 3 days. He was sent home with phenobarbitol and antibiotics. Although hes not having full seizures, he's having episodes of partial seizures where he snaps at air, drools and poops!! I don't know what to do!! Will this stop you think, or is it more then just a reaction from vaccine??? Help!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Kaiser may need to see a specialist, as that is very odd for him to be doing that. It definitely isn't a typical reaction to a vaccine. If you have a neurologist that your veterinarian can refer you to, that would be a good idea.

I spoke to vet today. They agree it was from shot, and he just needs time to heal. Thank you!

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Rex
Pit Bullmastiff
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

What should I do? My do has been shivering and shacking a lot mostly when he is asleep and try’s to sleep, he is always trying to sleep but he can’t. He hasn’t eaten much his not as happy as he usually is and his only about 5 mouths old

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Shivering and shaking may be caused by a few different issues which may include idiopathic tremors which are not uncommon in this breed. Other possible causes may be environmental temperature (feeling cold), pain (pain is a strong reason to shake and may explain loss of appetite), neurological issues among other symptoms; it is important to visit your Veterinarian for a hands on examination to rule out possible causes of pain, foreign objects etc… before a diagnosis of idiopathic tremors can be made. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hank
Great Dane
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling
Shaking
Twitching

Medication Used

none

My 1 1/2 year old Great Dane and I were sleeping, we both woke up and his right front leg started twitching and trembling as he laid with me, it lasted for about 2 minutes. I touched/rubbed his leg, he was fine with me touching his leg and him. After it stopped he got out of bed and has seemed to be just fine. Sometimes when he is on the couch, sitting up right, like a dog would sit, his right leg will tremble, but he will readjust it and usually that fixes the problem. When I took him outside to use the bathroom, his back right leg started doing the same thing. I'm worried something is wrong.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like it may be an orthostatic tremor which may be found in Great Danes and usually presents between a year and two years old; the tremors are progressive to involve all four limbs and the trunk but the tremors stop when the dog moves or walks around. I would highly recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to rule out other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Otis
Smooth Fox Terrier
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Front leg tremors

Medication Used

Anti-inflammatory , muscle relaxer
Anti-Inflammatory

Otis, our 8 year-old rescue (smooth fox terrier) had a large 6cm lipoma removed from "arm" pit area 5 months ago. Since then the associated front limb shakes and trembles upon standing. He also is limping (same limb)that we noticed after he jumped off the bed 2 weeks ago. This prompted a vet visit. The vet said the tremors and limping are most likely due to a pinched nerve and/or disk problem and not related to the surgery since he has full range of motion in the limb. No x-ray was suggested.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pinched nerves or injury to the brachial plexus may cause limping especially after an injury; usually after this type of injury rest is indicated and you need to monitor for signs of improvement. I cannot say what the cause is without examining Otis, but if there is no improvement in the limping after a week of strict rest and movement restriction I would return to another Veterinarian for an examination to see what their thoughts are based on their findings. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Otis is gradually improving. He went for a longer walk today without much struggle...Hoping he is on his way to recovering on his own. Thank you!

Jus bought puppy 7-8 weeks old owner said no shots. Had for 4 hours seemed fine ate good drank water pooped that seemed fine everything wss normal an she was very playful. Then she fell asleep and started shaking fast. We thought it was breathing at forst but to fast for that. Only her body shakes an arms are stiff while sleeping what could be wrong?

Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/condition/involuntary-muscle-trembling#

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Softy
Daschund
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My 14 yr Old Daschund suddenly started vomiting and was taken to the Vet. His bloodworks showed Creatnine Level at 13 md/ dl and Blood Urea of 193. Taking his age into view, the Vet recommended a very conservative treatment of Neurobion Injections.
Now, after nearly a week, he has lost about 4 kgs, does not eat anything and sometimes vomits yellow coloured clear watery phlegm. There is a continuous twitch that I notice along his whole body and generic listlessness/ weakness. Even trouble in walking and standing. Pse advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Neurobion is a vitamin B complex supplement; if Softy is presenting with these symptoms, then dietary changes and further investigation is required as the vitamins are not going to address the underlying cause. An ultrasound and another round of blood tests would be the next step just to understand the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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LighteningBug
Minature-Pinschier
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors

I have a 7 year old minature-Pinschier his front legs will curl up clench, and his body will start jerking head legs back his body last night he started panting and became thirsty as if he was over heating during this. This can last anywhere from a few minuets to half hour this has happened 3 times in the last 5 days nothing in his environment has changed, we will not be able to make the 4 hour drive to the vet until the 3rd, what could be happening to him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the symptoms you’re describing including seizures, poisoning, head trauma among other issues; without examining LightingBug I cannot say specifically what the underlying cause is. Until you can get to a Veterinarian keep him hydrated and make sure he is eating, try not to over stimulate him either by keeping him in a quiet calm place. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your kindness, in replying to my question Sir. We are in the
BIG Horn Moutians,so keeping him in a quiet place is quite easy. I am very worried he is my PTSD service K9, and are quite a ways from the nearest Veterinarian. I appreciate you giving me your time and replying to me

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Powder
Jack Russell
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Good morning,I have a jack Russell 14 human years..from the last month in the his right back leg goes to the right is seems like his losing control of the leg, what's going on with him? im concerning 😞

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes which may be causing this which may include spinal disorders, hip disorders among other causes; without examining Powder I cannot say what the specific cause and your Veterinarian may want to perform an x-ray or two to determine the specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BRUNO
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

There has been involuntary continuous muscle movement near the left ear of my dog from the past 3 -4 days. I am giving him medication as prescribed by the vet. He is eating properly and has shown no signs of degrading health. The only problem is that now he is facing difficulty in climbing stairs or even in picking one leg up to urinate. The vet said that the tremors/twitches/seizures will take time to go, maybe a month or two. Why is he facing problem in his legs? Is it due to the involuntary muscle movement? If yes, then how can it be prevented? Does these involuntary movements have any long term complications ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Without carrying out a physical examination of perception and reflexes I wouldn’t be able to explain the reasons behind the problems with his legs. Muscle twitching or tremors have a variety of causes (hereditary, metabolic, toxic, traumatic, cancerous, infectious to name a few). I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for a follow up visit to examine Bruno to ensure that he condition isn’t deteriorating or a change in the treatment regime is need. The underlying cause of the trembling will determine the long-term effects on Bruno’s health. If the trembling is caused by a toxin and the toxin is removed, then the trembling would stop; if the trembling was caused by age related illness then the trembling might need life-long management. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Jus bought puppy 7-8 weeks old owner said no shots. Had for 4 hours seemed fine ate good drank water pooped that seemed fine everything wss normal an she was very playful. Then she fell asleep and started shaking fast. We thought it was breathing at forst but to fast for that. Only her body shakes an arms are stiff while sleeping what could be wrong?

Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/condition/involuntary-muscle-trembling#

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Minime
Shiba Pin
19 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My Senior dog is blind and deaf. Lately when she sleeps, she will have kind of spaz attacks. She will start barking/howling uncontrollably and start jumping around not having control. Someone has to hold her and calm her down for her to stop. I belive after reading she has a tremor. She is very old, but extremely healthy and well taken care of. My family wants to know what it is.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a dog Minime’s age there are various issues which may be affecting the musculoskeletal system which may be tremors, spasms among other problems; a sudden spasm may cause pain and then disorientation for Minime thinking it may be something that has hurt her as she probably won’t process what the true cause is. A pinched nerve in the spine, muscle spasms or a type of seizure may all be possible causes; I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for a general examination on Monday just to see how the old girl is in general. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Troy
Golden Retreiver
7 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Leg tremor

I have a 7 week old Golden Retriever. Two nights ago he’s been having tremors in his legs and he goes on a hysteric episode running around like crazy and excessive paw licking. It lasted about 2 hours.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Paw licking may be due to allergies, pain or foreign objects, running around may be related to the same or to hyperkinesia; if there was a one off episode, I would just keep an eye on Troy but if this recurs you should take him into see his Veterinarian. At his age, you should also start vaccinating him too so you could hit two birds with one stone. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scooter
Chihuahua
13-14
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Body jerks for a split second

We have a Rescue Chihuahua/Terrier mix. We think he is 13. He experiences these jerking movements throughout the day that last for a split second but jerk his whole body. It looks like it hurts him. It can happen in his sleep but it’s mostly when he’s awake. It even happens when he’s walking and he loses his balance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for jerky movements which include pain, spinal issues (particularly the neck), poisoning, neurological disorders to name a few. Try to keep Scooter rested and see how he goes, if there is no improvement over the next day or so you should have him examined by your Veterinarian to determine the cause and to direct treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bart
Cairn Terrier
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Sleeping Well

Bart our 8 year old Cairn Terrier has been having twitches or jerking while he is resting and sleeping ONLY for over a year. Two different Vet's don't have any idea,we had blood work done a slight drop in thyroid. It first started in abdomen area and has spread all over except in his legs. He stops when dreaming. It is getting worse. Please what can we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Involuntary muscle trembling can be a difficult condition to determine a cause, at times a cause cannot be found and the term idiopathic (unknown pathology) is described as the cause; the diagnosis is often one of exclusion, by testing for various causes a diagnosis is found or determined as idiopathic if all results come back normal. Causes for involuntary muscle trembling are trauma, tumours, genetic predisposition, central nervous system disease, inflammation of peripheral nerves, liver failure, kidney failure or poisoning. By eliminating each cause a diagnosis may be made, which I assume both your Veterinarians would have done. Without examining Bart, it is difficult to suggest any further action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wishbone
Pointer
2.5
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Tremble
Seizure
Balance Loss
Shaking

My boy Wishbone was admitted to the vet overnight tonight, he is on a ton of medication and is nearly sedated, yet still twitching and trembling.
We got home at 8:45 and he was perfectly normal, jumping, running around and playing. By 9:15 he was shaking as if he was cold, and he slowly got worse over the next half an hour to the point where he was pushing out his legs and his paws were flexed and his head was flexed completely backwards, while still shaking.
We took him to the vet realizing this was extreme and he was given anti-seizure medication, valium and fluids. we were with him until 12:30 and even still, by the time we left, he was so drugged out that his tongue was hanging out of his mouth, but he was still shaking and twitching.
We've searched the house for anything he could have gotten into, and we've gone over the history of the past few days. However, nothing makes sense. Could Involuntary Muscle Trembling be the cause? We have no answers so far...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for Wishbone’s symptoms including poisoning, cervical vertebrae instability, canine distemper, tick-borne encephalitis, thiamine deficiency, parasites, infection or tumours. An x-ray by be valuable to look for any anomalies in the spine or foreign bodies causing toxicity as well as some blood tests to see if there are any indicators that may explain the symptoms that Wishbone is suffering from. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, how is Wishbone now? My dog, a 2yr old female dachshund mix, came down with tremors one week ago. At first, they thought she had been exposed to a mycotoxin. By day 3, the vet beefed it's meningitis, and she was admitted to a hospital. They are treating her with steroids, antibiotics, and something to keep her relaxed. Sadly, her tremors are still constant arena she can't walk. I opted against the MRI and spinal tap (?) due to cost. The vets said those tests would rule out congenital problems and stroke, but believe the likelihood of those things is smaller than meningitis. I don't have insurance so I am spending the money on treatment.

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Nina
Dachshund
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Nina my 5 y/o female dachshund is having neck twiching..she is walking really slow and if I try to pick her up she would cry..she used to jump up and down the couch but now she would just jump up but will refuse to jump down..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Neck twitching may be caused by a variety of reasons, but given the spinal issues Dachshunds are prone to intervertebral disk disease is a common occurrence; I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and x-ray so that a diagnosis can be made and management can be directed as appropriate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Midgie
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

Older female morkie experiencing head jerking that appeared suddenly. Will drink water, but will sometimes vomit , especially if she has eaten. Today, she refused food, but does urinate. No feces for a couple of days. Eyes are clear, but she seems to have difficulty in seeing and hearing. Could this be a stroke?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Strokes in dogs occur but aren’t common. Usually the signs you are describing may be part of a systemic condition; hepatic encephalopathy, for example is more common than a stroke in dogs (hepatic encephalopathy occurs when ammonia isn’t processed by the liver, remains in systemic circulation and affects the central nervous system) or caused by trauma. I am unable to diagnose or prescribe treatment since I haven’t personally examined Midgie, but I would recommend visiting your local Veterinarian immediately to diagnose the underlying condition, which may be manageable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bodie
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors

My 8 year-old, 80# (slim 80) mixed breed was diagnosed with resting tremor last week. It affects all four limbs when he doesn't have them fully weighted or his legs locked. When he actually is resting (lying down) or moving, there is no tremor. What can be done to slow the progression of this, apparently, "normal for this dog" symptom?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Muscle tremors may be caused by a few different conditions including trauma, nerve inflammation, neurological disease, allergies or musculoskeletal problems. The cause of the muscle tremors will determine the treatment; for example, if the tremors are caused by inflammation, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs would be prescribed to manage (or treat) the condition. Your Veterinarian would be able to discuss treatment and management options with you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Golden Retriever
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Visible muscle shaking or spasming

We have a 14 year old dog. She started having visible shaking of her chest muscles every time she breathes. When I put my hand on her you can feel the muscles just trembling. She did not want to eat tonight since this has started. What are some possible causes of this?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Daisy may be painful or have something happening in her chest that needs attention. She is an older dog, and things can happen that require medical care - it would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian so that they can assess what might be going on and recommend any testing or treatments necessary. I hope that she is okay.

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Palmer
Labrador Retriever
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I noticed what looks like muscle spasms happening on both sides of her mid section in the past 24 hours. She doesn’t seem like she is in pain and is eating, drinking and sleeping normally but I’m starting to see them get a little more severe throughout. I have taken a video of them. I am not sure what to do. She just had her annual exam 2 weeks ago and everything came back woth flying colors.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for muscle spasms on the body which may include spinal disorders, pinched nerve, inflammation of a nerve, reaction to external stimuli, injuries among other causes; if Palmer isn’t in pain, just keep a close eye on things and give plenty of rest indoors. If you don’t see any improvement after a few days you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pablo
Jackaranian
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Chatter
moaning

My dogs just came out of heat, she is acting unusual such as breaking her house training . She has been eating and walking fine but in the last 24hrs shes started to get a spasm in her back ive also noticed her teeth chatter 2x this past week. I thought she might i have cold. Also she has been moaning alot

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Pablo may be suffering from a uterine or urinary infection, or have neck or back pain - without examining her, I can't say for sure why she is displaying this behavior. It would be best to have your veterinarian examine her to try and find the cause of the problem and make sure that she is not in pain. If she is having pain, they can prescribe her a safe medication, as many OTC pain relievers are toxic to dogs. If she is suffering from another condition, they will be able to localize the problem and recommend any treatment that she might need. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Mack
Boston Terrier
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

conscience
involuntary muscle trembling
jerking
Uncontrollable

This has happen 3 times now and always at night when the Vet is closed. My dog will be laying down and going to sleep. Then out of nowhere his body will jerk like he has hiccups but it's not hiccups. His whole body will jerking every second for about a hour but he's conscience and only happens when he relaxes. It's odd cause he'll get up to walk and it goes away. He can eat a treat and drink water.It's like he can override it when he is concentrated on something. But once he relaxes and tries to sleep his whole will start jerking again. It's rhythmic and slightly violent. He'll try to change positions and get comfortable but can't because of the twitching/jerking. It's heartbreaking to watch. I've taken him to the Vet the next day and showed videos of the incident but they said they need to see him when it's happening. unfortunately, it always happens at night. What's wrong with my pup? How can I help him?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Mack, I'm not sure what might be going on. He may have an electrolyte imbalance, or a congenital disease, or be having partial seizures. It might be a good ideas to have blood work done to rule out any underlying problems. Perhaps a muscle relaxant might help if it is muscle related - you can ask your veterinarian whether they think that may help. Some forms of inherited tremors decrease with age, and don't tend to cause problems, other than being hard to watch. I hope that he is okay.

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Odi
Mutt
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

For about a year now my dog has had a head twitch randomly. It is mabye one or two twitches that are jerky movements. It hasn’t gotten worse or better, but he didn’t have it when we first got. I don’t know to seek a vet or not.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing the episodes, I'm not sure if they are problematic or not. Many dogs have minor tremors that don't require treatment, but without having him seen, I'm not sure if that is what might be happening with Odi or not. It might be best to have an exam, as your veterinarian can assess his neurologic function and determine if treatment is warranted. If you are able to video the episodes, that will be helpful to your veterinarian. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Chico
Mixed
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
anxiety
Lethargy
jerking
Shaking

My dog is 3 years old. Tonight, he randomly started jerking when I was about to go to sleep. It doesn’t persist when he falls asleep but if he hears a noise he freaks out, and starts jerking all over again. I’ve looked all over for an explaination to his behavior but I can’t seem to understand why he’s doing this. He hasn’t ever done this before, his diet hasn’t changed. He exercises often during the day. All I can think of is maybe he got ahold of and ate something he wasn’t supposed to. Please help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without being able to examine Chico, I'm not sure what might be going on with him. If you think that he may have eaten some medication or something toxic, it would be best to have him seen as soon as possible at your nearest 24 hour veterinary clinic. They'll be able to assess his behavior and neurologic status and determine if any treatment is necessary. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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guchung
Indian stray dog
3 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

stressed too much
crying in severe pain.
continuous muscle twitching in right hind leg and

Medication Used

gardenal syrup and sorbillin
neurokind Pet syrup, encephabol syrup,

Guchung, my Indian Street dog (male) aged 3months approx is having continuous muscle twitching in her right hind leg and crying most of the time in pain.
No other symptoms. He is having food normally, urinating normally, though I hv not seen the potty as he is a stray and lives outside.
For pain he is stressed and frightened.


He is vaccinated against dhppi vaccine 5in1 shot on 25/01/17.
May be it is due to wrong medication as I unknowingly used drontal puppy and endectine-10 togetherly for deworming on 21/02/17. After that above symptoms are seen. Plz suggest.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Both Drontal (praziquantel) and Endectin (ivermectin) are used in combination with each other in numerous preparations and shouldn’t cause problems, ivermectin is poisonous to Collie breeds and some other dogs having the MDR1 gene mutation (I don’t know about Indian Street Dogs and the MDR1 gene mutation). Possible causes may be due to spinal problems, tumours (rare in puppies), poisoning or nerve inflammation. Guchung would need an examination by his Veterinarian to determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cole
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Shaking

Hi there, I have an 8-9 year old Staffy cross. I have in the past two weeks noticed that every now and again while he is just sitting calmly that his full body will just shake (almost like a shiver), he is usually looking right at me when this happens, he doesn't seem to be in pain but I am still worried of course and out vet can't book him in for another two weeks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for sudden involuntary shaking with some being idiopathic which are nothing to be concerned about whilst others may be a sign of something more serious. Book in with your Veterinarian and in the two weeks whilst you’re waiting keep a close eye on him and look out for any other symptoms which are concerning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Beagle
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking rear legs.

Just brought home our 10week old pure bred beagle puppy on Saturday. When we got home on Saturday he was doing some rear foot shaking, almost like he wants to scratch but doesn't quite have the motion or the coordination down yet. It's an up and down motion just like he's scratching but he's not scratching. It's only his rear legs. But it seemed worse yesterday, more frequent, and then he's lifting one back leg when he walks. And it's both legs, with the shaking or lifting when he walks, and it's selectively. Sometimes he's walking fine, running, playing tug a war using both back legs for traction. He will stand up on both back legs. He's running on all legs sometimes, playing, seems happy, he's eating, drinking, peeing, pooping. When he's sitting, one of his rear legs is twitching or shaking nearly all the time. When he's laying down to sleep of laying in your lap, I don't see it at all. When he's engaged in playing I don't see him doing it.

My best uneducated guess is the microchip or the injection site is bothering him. But I don't know. We have kept a real close eye on him. He hasn't been injured by any of the kids or injured himself. For the most part he's perfectly fine. The twitching rear legs are concerning though. What do you think? Could the microchip be irritating him? We went and visited the puppies three times, at 5 weeks old at 9 weeks old and then we spent time there the day we picked him up, never seen any sort of leg twitching until after he got the microchip. Maybe that's just a coincidence. Maybe not, I don't know

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The microchip sits under the skin and shouldn’t cause any issues or irritation, it is inert and the body doesn’t really react to it apart from a little scar tissue around the microchip; the scratching may be related to cervical pain where a dog attempts to scratch themselves but misses by an inch or so. I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for a neurological examination and possibly an x-ray of the spine and hips to determine if there are any abnormalities. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Soda
Pug
4 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Trembling, dullness, twitching

My 4.5 year old male pug SODA has been very dull since a week now. Random trembling in hind legs and head while awake causes pain as he gives a scream sometimes. He seems to get stuck in one position with head and tail down and does not move unless called out or picked up. When trembling his back gets hunched and he looks for corners. At times he has difficulty in sitting or lying down by himself. The food intake is normal but water has reduced. The urinating and pooping schedule is also normal. His gait has become very slow and he is not interested in running or playing with my other pug anymore. Today first time in seven days I noticed him twitching his face also for 10-12 seconds while awake and asleep about 3-4 times.

About 10 days ago we gave him medication (skin spray) for fungal infection and also an anti parasite medicine was applied around his collar.

After this condition was noticed a pain killer and muscle relaxant shot was given.. but I don’t think he is normal yet.

Please help my dear friend. I will be taking him to a vet post your advise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the muscle trembling may be caused by the application of the anti parasite medication you applied to his collar, some products can cause muscle trembling and other neurological symptoms; also spinal issues, trauma, other sources of poisoning and other causes may also cause similar symptoms. Without examining Soda I cannot say what the specific underlying issue is but I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian today and possibly removing the collar and bathing around the neck to remove any residue in case the symptoms are due to the medicine applied. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Espresso
Mutt
6 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

limp
Infection
Low Energy
low hunger
Rash

Hi
I'm currently in Brazil and we have a farm dog, puppy actually about 6 months old, she all of a sudden had a limp with a toe nail infection, but then she also has an infection on her tail and her other foot, as well as a rash on her stomach. This all happened very quickly in about 1 week, now she has no energy, can't walk much, eats little and has a limp. Could it be something to do with ticks...there are a lot here on the farm?

I will take her to the vet here but the Vet's here are really quite poorly trainer and so I wanted to get your advice as well.

Thank you!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Common problems in puppies include parasites, bacterial infections, and fungal infections. If your veterinarian has a broad spectrum topical parasiticide like Revolution, that treats a number of different parasites. He may need antibiotics to treat his skin, or anti-fungals, depending on what the veterinarian finds on examination. I hope that everything goes well for Espresso.

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Saint
Australian Shepherd
13 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Twitching

I have a 13 week old Australian Shepherd/Lab mix. He has struggled with allergies for the past two weeks, but he only has discharge from his nose, not his eyes. This past week, he has developed a persistent twitch that seems to happen either in his chest or his entire body nearly every second. He still plays, is very hyper, sleeps through the night, has not had behavioral changes, and is eating a drinking as usual. What can I do for this and what is causing it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for muscle twitching in dogs and many times the cause is unknown, however some Australian Shepherds are prone to involuntary muscle twitching which isn’t painful but has no method of management. I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side and to look at the discharge from the nose to determine if it is due to allergies or another cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rye
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tremors
Low Energy
leg and body tremors,

Wondering what would cause our almost 2 year old lab to have tremors, both at rest, while sleeping, and while sitting and standing. This started around the age of 11 months of age. Seems that stress can bring it on at time also.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There are some muscular problems that Retrievers are prone to, and partial seizures, electrolyte imbalances or pain can cause those types of signs. Since this doesn't seem to be a problem that is resolving, it would be a good idea to have her examined, as your veterinarian can examine her and determine what might be going on, as well as if any treatment may be required or possible. If you are able to video the tremoring, it may be helpful for your veterinarian, as these things often don't happen in the exam room when we want them to.

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Dexter
Australian Shepherd
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

leg spasm
Twitching

I have a 1.5 yr old aussie/border collie. I just noticed he has slight twitching on the left side of his face, and his left front leg is spazzing. He eats and drinks normal and is very active.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for muscle twitching, some are innocent and others are part of an underlying disease process; slipped discs, poisoning, neurological disorders among other causes may lead to these symptoms. Keep an eye on Dexter and monitor the frequency and duration of any episode, also visit your Veterinarian for a general examination to see if any other symptoms can be picked up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Flower
Yorkshire Terrier
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Imbalance
Shaking

I have a 12 year old yorkie with a portalhepatic shunt. She has had a history of violent seizures but has not had one for years, at least not that I have seen. She has recently though started having complete body shakes anytime she starts walking. They only last for seconds but when they happen, her head goes down, front legs do the splits, and back legs usually collapse. She pops right back without any issue and acts like nothing happened. It doesn't cause disorientation, vomiting, drooling, anything I have witnessed in seizures. She does though on occasion run into the wall like she loses sight at times. My concern is they occur every time she goes to walk. So a good estimate would be every 15-30 minutes. She is not on any medications, only low protein diet. I realize she is older with liver disease. My fear is it is affecting her brain now.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are medications that can help with neurologic behavior associated with liver shunts. Since Flower seems to be having problems, it would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian, and try to video some of the behavior so that they can see it. They will be able to assess her neurologic function and determine if medication may help.

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Max
Lab mix
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

No vomit diarhea or twitching eyes

My step son has a 6 month old lab mix (possibly lab/rott/german shep dad and boxer mom). This pup has dropped all his weight in the last two days. I know he needs to see a vet, but none of them will see him without payment and Im broke due to unexpected car repairs. I have him in my room because he can't walk or even sit for more than a total of 7 minutes per day. He is an outside country dog and has in the past gotten a critter or two. He is now crying and barking in pain. I gave him a piece of a childrens asprin out of desperation. He drinks & eats with appetite on occasion, but I worry he is beginning to push water and food away. Also, when he cries out, I notice his belly and/or leg twitching. He only lays on his sides. I've researched and tried dramamine, but had no change so didn't try again. He doesn't smell like parvo and still has normal bathroom habits aside from he can barely stand and sits when he pees. I'm desperate. More for the dog in pain than the child that had to have him. It's so sad seeing him hurt. What can I do or try? I hope I gave you enough info. He was normal not more than 3 days ago. He is getting weaker.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Max I cannot give you any specific indication to an underlying cause or any possible at home treatment, I am concerned that Max may have caught a rodent or other vermin which may have been poisoned or had an infectious disease which was passed on to Max. I understand that money is tight, but there is not always an ‘at home option’ especially when an underlying cause isn’t known. There are many charity clinics (search your local area) and nonprofits which may be able to help, see link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Rua
Cocker Spaniel
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling

Medication Used

Prednisolone

My dog is intermittently trembling- even when asleep. She had a disk issue a few weeks ago and has been on cage rest, prednisilone and paracetamol for it. I know dogs can shake with pain but even at it's worse when she was limping she never trembled. She is eating, drinking and in good spirits.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Rua is trembling and has had a recent back issue, I would attribute that to pain, although I cannot examine her so cannot comment on that. It is good that she is doing well otherwise, but it would be good to have a follow up visit with your veterinarian to make sure that what you are noticing is part of her healing process and not something that requires treatment.

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Alf
cockerpo
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

twitching when relaxing or sleeping

Medication Used

none

we have a male cockerpoo which we have never left with anyone else till we went on holiday for a week and left with a neigbour, Since coming home he's been a little different more tired and we have noticed he's twitching all over quiet a lot when sleeping or relaxing. He is age 2 this month and very much a mummy's boy

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Alf, I can't determine if anything is wrong with him, or f he is just tired and resting peacefully now that you are home. It would be a good idea to monitor him for improvement, and make sure his appetite is okay, he is urinating and defecating normally, and that his energy level improves. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Tipper
Chihuahua
13 Years approx.
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a chihuahua. He is about 13 years old- a rescue dog at 8 yrs. He has developed muscle jerking and temors. One vet had put him on predisone 1/2 tab a.m.-1 tab p.m. It hasn't helped and now he has mass muscle loss. I took him to another vet and she wants him weaned off the predisone and on trazodone. At the present he is on 1/2 tab of predisone a.m. and none at night. a 1/4 tab of trazodone a.m. and 1/2 p.m. He is still experiencing all the same. This switch is now a week long. Any suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of muscle tremors, the treatment is dependent on the underlying cause; treatment with steroids and other medications may be able to help but sometimes are unrewarding and if they are not effective should be weaned off. Trazodone has been used in the treatment of tremors but also lists tremors as a side effect so should be used with caution. Without examining him, I couldn’t give you any further advice apart from ruling out some causes by some diagnostic tests. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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