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My 12 yr old dog just started having body jerks about every

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My 12 yr old dog just started having body jerks about every minute or so. He doesn't seem to be in any pain but wants to be with me all the time. Not sure he can sleep
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm concerned that those body jerks represent simple partial seizures (previously called petit mal) which are described as focal or asymmetric sensory or motor activity affecting any part of the body. They can be associated with autonomic signs - salivation, vomiting, e.g. Lex's vet would appreciate your videoing Lex - a very helpful thing to do because "jerks" can also represent tremors and tremors are treated differently than seizures. If Lex's quality of life is suffering (lack of sleep, e.g.), I would expect an anticonvulsant drug to be prescribed. Lex's vet may also recommend that Lex see a specialist veterinary neurologist (please see here: who is best equipped to perform the thorough neurologic exam indicated in these patients. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Someone suggested giving him a Benadryl to help him sleep. He seems a little restless and anxious
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
While the Benadryl dosed at 1-2 mg/lb (maximum dose of 50 mg) should be sedative, it's not likely to stop those jerks. In fact, in large doses antihistamines in Benadryl's class can induce seizure activity. Please continue our conversation if you wish.