Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
Sorry you have experienced these episodes
How long do these episodes last and is her head also shivering?
I am going to change formats in a moment since it looks like you are having difficulties with live chat...
Her whole body shakes including her head just once very quickly. We thought it looks like someone who has a tick disorder
It lasts only about one second but we notice it
So it is not a tremble/ like when a person has the chills. It is more like a twitch? How frequent would you estimate she is having these episodes?
And so this might happen then not happen again for a long period of time?
It happens a least 3 times a day but we once witnessed it happen five times. they do not happen one after another. It will just happen randomly throughout the day. it does not seem to bother her though. she has no reaction to it. but it is a bizarre new thing for us to see her do.
Is it when she is laying down or more when she is active? Sometimes these occur when trying to drink water or take a biscuit from your hand...
it happens when she is standing still
Never when she is laying down
Not trying to look left/ right/ up/ down when it happens?
no she will just be standing next to us. and all of a sudden a twitch happens. she is not looking in any direction just standing normal
Would you say they are occurring more frequently?
yes. last month or maybe two months ago was the first time i saw her do it and she would only do it once a week but now i notice 3 to 5 times a day
My suspicion is that there is a misfiring of the brain causing these if the head and body are both doing the motion. It would be great if you were able to videotape her for your vet for an hour monitoring for the behavior. I would also recommend logging when it happens, what she is doing when it happens, and perhaps a one to ten in severity of a twitch on a calendar. This really can help hone in on the problem and if they are becoming more progressive or severe consider a referral to a neurologist
I definitely do not think this is something normal with older dogs
Is it something that might require treatment with medications? If it is not bothering her but is starting to effect her daily life (which it might if it progresses further) medications might be indicated
But a video would really be helpful
If it were just her body it could be spinal in origin but with it including her head I would suspect it could be a petite mal seizure or a misfiring of the cortex of the brain
i will try and catch it on video. but if it does get progressively worse i will see my vet
You are very welcome
Can I assist with any additional questions or clarify anything this evening?
no thank you