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I have a 7yr old lab mix he had distemper as a pup there is

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Customer: I have a 7yr old lab mix he had distemper as a pup there is a fatty tissue in the right back side on his back. last night he was standing facing me and his right front leg ***** ***** up with a jerking motion kind of like an old car jack.
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Customer: once it was over (about 3 seconds) he was fine
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 10 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I can understand why you might be concerned with this behavior that your lab did but if it only lasted for this short a period of time, I probably wouldn't worry too much. As our dogs age, they can develop unintentional tremors or benign tremors which might worsen or intensify as they get older although they don't in every case. These types of tremors don't seem to bother the patient; in fact they seem to bother us more.

There are other possible explanations such as focal seizure activity, neuritis (inflammation of the nerves), metabolic causes such as hypoglycemia, endocrine such as low thyroid, or possibly pain (although usually not just the limbs will move)..and this is just a partial list!

At this point, if he's otherwise healthy, I'd make a note of it on your calendar and just continue to monitor for a recurrent episode.

I hope this helps to reassure you. Deb

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Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 10 months ago.

I seem to be having a problem with the site. My apologies for the nonsense text.

Deb