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My dog seems to be having muscle twitches. When she is

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Hi. My dog seems...

Hi. My dog seems to be having muscle twitches. When she is sitting on my lap I can feel the movements in different parts of her body. It started last night. At first I thought she had the hiccups when I could feel the bed start moving. She still has it this morning. what could it be?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

Penelope. She is 2 years old. She is a Pomarian Mix

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Penelope?

She just seems more skiddish and nervous than her normal calm self lately.

Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 5 months ago
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Hi.

Dr. Paul Brazzell here.

Dumb question but when she is sitting on your lap is she sleeping?

Does she do this when not on your lap?

Paul

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
she was doing it while just laying down last night. Still happening this morning.
( No such thing as a dumb question doctor!)
Dog Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

Ha ha ha- OKay

Now when she was doing it last night you say that she was lying down/sleeping?
Paul

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
She wasnt sleeping...she was just lying down. I thought she had hiccups...but it wasn't that. i was scared for a moment that she was going to have a seizure or something...but other than that ..she seems to be acting ok. I little more clingy that normal.
Dog Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

Thanks.

Well she is two years old so that is in her favour,

Here are my thoughts:

This could be a metabolic thing so you should check her electrolytes and calcium etc etc(blood test)

If the blood work is normal then we could be dealing with a seizure event since it is intermittent and occurs when she is relaxed (low brain activity)

You could try and wake her up/ get her moving to see if they stop (in which case that is good) or you could give an anti-seizure drug like valium per rectum to see if they stop (too drastic in my book)- hence a seizure episode.

Personally if blood is fine I would try the distraction test but not the Valium one.

I know that all of my dogs had little twitches when they were resting/sleeping. So this could be a NORMAL thing.

Make sense?

Paul

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Dog Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 5 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
DocPaul
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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
She has had a few twitches here and there, and the hiccups a minute ago, but seems ok. How can we tell if it’s a seizure?
Dog Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

I think you are fine here.

I am not worried :)

If it was a seizure then you would see more profound signs

Have a good evening and please dont forget to rate me- That is how I get paid

Paul

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