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My 14 year old Shorthair was lazing in the sun and her head

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My 14 year old Shorthair was lazing in the sun and her head started jerking, just a jerk every 15-30 seconds. She is always in the house now except when she needs to go out. I am quite sure she has not eaten anything wrong. She has eaten well today and had plenty of water. She even asked for milkbones while this was going on. Her tail was wagging. It seems to have subsided now. Lasted for maybe 30 minutes. Any ideas?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

I am so sorry to hear your dog had this experience. The primary concern would be petite mal or minor seizures or muscle fasciculations in the neck/ head

If it does happen again then if you can videotape the incident it will help differentiate the two. For now I would advise keeping her quiet with minimal stimulation to light, sound, touch and hopefully this will allow the risk for relapse to be reduced

I would strongly advise an exam if it does recur or if she is not responsive during an episode but with tics or petite mal seizures often they do not lose consciousness nor responsiveness to you

You can try warm compresses on the neck to help reduce muscle fasciculations but only for short periods of time to reduce stimulation in any way

I hope this makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.
Hi Jan,

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

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