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My dog is having these weird body spasms, where all the sudden

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My dog is having these weird body spasms, where all the sudden his whole body will tense up and he will jerk once. They vary in time, sometimes occuring within seconds of each other, other times minutes apart.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  FamilyPetDoctor replied 6 years ago.

FamilyPetDoctor :

Hi, I'd like to help

FamilyPetDoctor :

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FamilyPetDoctor :

It says that you are offline

FamilyPetDoctor :

It's possible that these are petite mal seizures...

FamilyPetDoctor :

Do they happen when he is awake or only whne he is sleeping?

Customer :

awake

Customer :

he's awake when they occur

Customer :

and they arn't constant

Customer :

its not like a seizure

Customer :

its almost like a tick

Customer :

or a spasm

Customer :

very quick, and then gone

FamilyPetDoctor :

Well, petite mal seizures can last only like 1 second....

Customer :

and they are repeated

FamilyPetDoctor :

As opposed to grand mal seizures which are what most people think of .. But I have a question

Customer :

sure

FamilyPetDoctor :

Is there any possibility that your dog may have been exposed to anything toxic....

Customer :

no

Customer :

this actually happened to him the other day too

Customer :

lasted about an hour

FamilyPetDoctor :

especially something like snail bait or OTC flea treatments?

Customer :

nope, we keep those things locked up

FamilyPetDoctor :

My gut feeling is that these are petite mal seizures and that this might start happening more often and for longer periods of time

FamilyPetDoctor :

And it could progress to a true grand mal seizure if you dog is emerging as an epileptic

FamilyPetDoctor :

This is a very common age for this to happen

Customer :

is that common with weimareimers?

FamilyPetDoctor :

Other ruleouts are toxic things....

FamilyPetDoctor :

All breeds can get epilepsy... weimereimers aren't overrepresented

FamilyPetDoctor :

But toxic things usually dont' come and go.

Customer :

yeah

Customer :

alright

FamilyPetDoctor :

another possibility which is less likely is a liver shunt

Customer :

thanks

Customer :

liver shunt??

Customer :

are their treatments for either one?

FamilyPetDoctor :

But usually these are dogs that have been poor doers, and have weigth loss etc

FamilyPetDoctor :

So, I doubt that that is the case in your dog

FamilyPetDoctor :

But, yes there are treatments for these things.....

FamilyPetDoctor :

I would probably just watch things at this point... and if it starts happening more often or intensifies, then take him into your vet.

Customer :

yeah Ditka is a healthy weight, and gets plenty of exercize

FamilyPetDoctor :

so, a liver shunt is quite unlikely.....

Customer :

hes a very healthy dog, which is why these little ticks concerned me

FamilyPetDoctor :

So, I would recommend making sure there is no toxic exposure and if not, then have him seen if this worsens. I dont' feel like this warrants an ER visit right now.

Customer :

well it stopped two hours ago, I was expecting a response a little quicker

Customer :

but if it happens again we might need to take him in

FamilyPetDoctor :

There are rare muscle disorders too that can cause twitching. I've never seen any in 14 years of practice... but muscle biopsies and nerve conduction tests are done to look into those causes if needed. Highly unlikely... just letting you know remotely possible causes. I think that this may be really early epilepsy....

FamilyPetDoctor :

That sounds good.....

Customer :

okay

Customer :

thanks

FamilyPetDoctor :

you're welcome!

FamilyPetDoctor :

Good luck....

FamilyPetDoctor :

I hope that this information was helpful.....