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My 80 lb boxer...

My 80 lb boxer twitches or shakes all the time, like when he's walking or sleeping. He did this last spring/summer but stopped fall/winter. What could be the cause? I have him Bravecto this year for fleas and ticks but I don't think it's related to that because he did this last year too and I didn't use the Bravecto.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the Boxer. What is the Boxer's name and age?

He's not necessarily scratching himself all the time

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

He's not lethargic

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Andy, Medical Director replied 2 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Andy, Medical Director replied 2 months ago

Hello,

Twitching or shaking can be induced by many things. Here's my initial list of concerns:
- nausea
- pain, which could be abdominal pain or musculoskeletal pain (like an injury)
- A recent seizure
- An endocrine condition. Specifically, Addison's disease (where the body is producing an insufficient amount of its own steroids from the adrenal glands)
- Stress or Fear

- Generally orthopedic issues (arthritis).

So, you would need to start with a good examination and at least a basic blood test. Than, you and your vet might need to experiment a bit with medications to see if anything in particular helps. Drugs to try might include anti-inflammatory medication or pain drugs.

Dr. Andy

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