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My 13yr old border colley has back leg jerking what can I do

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My 13yr old border colley has back leg jerking what can I do
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I need to clarify what you're seeing...

A sporadic myoclonus - sudden contraction of a muscle group such as a limb jerk - may be benign or may represent focal seizure activity.

An action-related repetitive myoclonus (generalized tremor) is a diffuse, high-frequency, skeletal muscle tremor that worsens with activity and resolves with sleep; the idiopathic cortiosteroid-responsive tremor syndrome or a toxicosis are examples of this kind of tremor.

Postural repetitive myoclonus - at Lady's age this would look like a pelvic limb tremor which occurs while standing but resolves when moving or recumbent.

Constant repetitive myoclonus - constant rhythmic jerking, usually of one limb every one toseveral seconds. Persists during activity, rest, and sleep.

Please let me know which of the above is most like what you're seeing with Lady.