Dog Veterinary

Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Dog Veterinary

Our 7 year old Chow mix has started involuntary movements of

Customer Question
her hind legs while she...
Our 7 year old Chow mix has started involuntary movements of her hind legs while she is asleep and awake. The hind legs move up and down as if she was scratching a flea but she doesn't make contact with her body. It is most noticeable when she is asleep because on the downward stroke she hits the floor making a thumping sound as he leg hits the floor. We thought she was scratching to rid herself of an annoying flea but this morning I saw her lying on the floor and this is an involuntary movement When I came home tonight I went outside to give her some love and watched her alternate the movement between both hind legs while she was sitting up. She walks without pain and runs with her buddy our Jindo but this behavior is very concerning to my wife and I.
Is this neurological?
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 19 minutes by:
9/22/2016
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 30,850
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
Verified

You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm currently typing up my reply.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

To answer you directly, most likely yes. The challenge, however, is to clarify if this behavior indicates a tremor syndrome called sporadic myoclonus - sudden contraction of a muscle group such as a facial twitch or limb jerk which may be benign or instead may represent focal partial seizure activity.

Partial seizure (previously called petit mal) is described as abnormal focal or asymmetric sensory or motor activity affecting any part of the body. Mark your calendar for these events and for just what you witnessed. Video events for your vet to see. Lotus's vet will need all the information you can gather when deciding if Lotus should be prescribed an anticonvulsive drug. Most of us will accept one mild (lasting less than 5 minutes, no thrashing about, no loss of consciousness) event monthly before prescribing such a drug. Watch for worsening in severity and/or frequency which can become clustering - another event within 24 hours of another which then might presage status epilepticus - the state in which seizure activity doesn't abate unless I heavily sedate or anesthetize my patient. She would then need the attention of a vet at your earliest convenience.

Seizures first arising between the ages of 1-5 years are usually considered idiopathic (unknown cause) epilepsy. Seizures arising after 6 years of age are often caused by brain tumor or, less commonly, adult onset epilepsy. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 30,850
30,850 Satisfied Customers
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience

Dr. Michael Salkin is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

902 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,087 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

9,949 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

9,704 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

8,945 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

7,442 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
My dog has epilepsy for the past 6 years and has been on
My dog has epilepsy for the past 6 years and has been on phenobarbital, however yesterday she has been having what looks like a mild seizure for long periods of time. We have been to 2 vets and the em… read more
Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
563 satisfied customers
Just researching muscle atrophy to the temporal muscle on
Just researching muscle atrophy to the temporal muscle on left side … read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,249 satisfied customers
His right hind leg swollen around the muscle and he is
His right hind leg swollen around the muscle and he is limping … read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,256 satisfied customers
My 101/2year old Rhodesian ridgeback has had epilepsy since
My 101/2year old Rhodesian ridgeback has had epilepsy since a puppy and has done very well. In the last two weeks he has started bed wetting? I am not sure what to do? … read more
Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler
Dog Behaviorist/Trainer/Breeder/Health
3.75 GPA 36cr. Multiple Tech traini
0 satisfied customers
My 4 year old lab has been diagonosed with epilepsy for
My 4 year old lab has been diagonosed with epilepsy for about 1.5 years. The seizures were manageable up until about 6 months ago when they started to come every month in clusters of three. His recove… read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
664 satisfied customers
I have 150 pound mastiff with a hind leg muscle pull-can a
I have 150 pound mastiff with a hind leg muscle pull-can a dog be given celecoxib which I have on hand-I am a physician… read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,249 satisfied customers
11 yr old pekineses that is having epileptic seizures. Is
11 yr old pekineses that is having epileptic seizures. Is there anything I can give her until we are able to see a vet . my mother takes citalipram for anxiety would that help her tonight … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,376 satisfied customers
My great pyrenees has lost muscle mass in her back legs and
Hello, my great pyrenees has lost muscle mass in her back legs and is also having a hard time standing, especially on tile or wood surfaces. … read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
My maltipoo has epilepsy and the phenobarbital he is on
My maltipoo has epilepsy and the phenobarbital he is on totally prevents him form having a seizure however the doc say his levels are too high but when we take it down he seizes any suggestons … read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
My dog with epilepsy takes 160 mg of phenobarbital twice
My dog with epilepsy takes 160 mg of phenobarbital twice daily. I was giving him his morning dose and one of my other dogs got it. I have two big collies one golden lab and a havanese. I don't know wh… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
8,945 satisfied customers
He has been diagnosed with epilepsy, we are diligent with
He has been diagnosed with epilepsy, we are diligent with his medication, he is changing behaviour, has had 3 Nass aviv ever fits in a week. Is restless distracted, wants to go out then howls to cone … read more
Amber Hinson
Amber Hinson
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
46 satisfied customers
My dog is diagnosed with epilepsy and usually suffers a
My dog is diagnosed with epilepsy and usually suffers a seizure when doesn't take his medication or eat properly. At around 4am he had a mild seizure and we have him milk afterwards to help get his bl… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,649 satisfied customers
My new rescue just had a full epilepsy seizure. I'm on SS
My new rescue just had a full blown epilepsy seizure. I'm on SS and not sure if I can afford to care for him. … read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,249 satisfied customers
Seizure-like episode, loss of function of hind legs, both of
seizure-like episode, loss of function of hind legs, both of these only lasted a few moments. disoriented. then threw up thick yellow substance, maybe a tablespoon. after that he perked up and his bee… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
30,850 satisfied customers
My dog has epilepsy, they are controlled with keppra and
My dog has epilepsy, they are controlled with keppra and phenobarbital daily but out of no where she is acting drunk when she stands up … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
30,850 satisfied customers
My dog was diagnosed with epilepsy 3 years ago. Thursday
Hi. My dog was diagnosed with epilepsy 3 years ago. Thursday morning (1AM - 5AM), he had 5 (maybe 6) grand mal seizures. He had another seizure around 2:30pm Thursday afternoon. His pacing has not sto… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
30,850 satisfied customers
My dog has epilepsy and is on phenobarbital. He had a
My dog has epilepsy and is on phenobarbital. He had a seizure last night and one again tonight at the exact same time. I'm worried about him. … read more
Dr. Alleyne
Dr. Alleyne
Veterinary associate
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,053 satisfied customers
Lab speyed 14 months old thigh muscle in right hind leg
lab speyed bitch 14 months old thigh muscle in right hind leg seems under developed. dog walks fine, jumps up to greet, does not want to jump up into car, stands on hind legs ok. Dog walks or runs at … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,376 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x