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My Jack russel sometimes twitches at nite. It starts a couple

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My Jack russel sometimes twitches at nite. It starts a couple hours after we go to sleep and it upsets her and continues sometimes for a couple hours them stops. It doesn't happen durring the day.

CriticalCareVet :

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CriticalCareVet :

Does this happen when she is sleeping or awake?

Customer:

Starts when she is sleeping but continues when she is awake. Only happens as she trys to settle down to go back to sleep. She will eat and otherwise seems ok

CriticalCareVet :

Is she alert and responsive during this?

Customer:

Yes

CriticalCareVet :

Ok - excellent.

CriticalCareVet :

This is then unlikely to be seizure behavior.

CriticalCareVet :

As seizures would also be described differently.

Customer:

My vet felt the same

CriticalCareVet :

This is more likely related to causes such as anxiety, stress, pain.

CriticalCareVet :

It is not likely viral such as distemper, seizure behavior, or organ / metabolic disease.

Customer:

She doesn't seem to be in pain and she is not a classic jack in that she is very quiet. She doesn't seem stressed or anxious.

CriticalCareVet :

It is not seen in many dogs, but some dogs just have idiopathic (unknown cause) tremors.

CriticalCareVet :

Otherwise - if routine testing has not found a cause - they are getting worse and affecting quality of life, I would try to video an episode and either show your veterinarian or ask your vet for a referral to a neurologist in your area.

Customer:

Thanks

CriticalCareVet :

You are very welcome!

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Hi Doreen,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Fizzy. How is everything going?

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