What are Muscle Spasms?

When your dog participates in strenuous physical activities or doesn’t get enough fluids, muscle contractions may be interrupted, resulting in localized spasms. Spasms are often a sign of muscle strain or physical damage. Though the spasms are not life-threatening, they can be painful and may be indicative of a more serious condition that requires medical intervention.

Muscle spasms are localized twitches that result from overexertion, neurological damage, or a physical injury. Though spasms are not dangerous in and of themselves, they can be painful, especially if they are sustained for a long period of time. They may also be an indication of a more serious condition, such as a pinched nerve, a slipped disc, or muscle damage. Muscle spasms are typically detectable as tremors beneath the skin, though a visit to the veterinarian is usually recommended for a proper diagnosis both of the spasm and of the underlying cause.

Symptoms of Muscle Spasms in Dogs

A muscle spasm is easily noticeable as twitching or tremors in one area of your dog’s body. These are usually visible and can also be detected by touch. Muscle spasms themselves are typically a response to another injury or condition, and your dog may exhibit additional symptoms depending on the injury’s origins and extent, including:

  • Lameness
  • Depression
  • Pain

Causes of Muscle Spasms in Dogs

Muscle spasms can be caused by a variety of conditions, including muscle strains or injuries, neurological disorders, allergies, dehydration, or an adverse response to medication. Seizures may also result in similar tremors, but these are distinguishable from muscle spasms by the fact that they are not localized.

When normal muscle contraction is interrupted, the muscles spasm and can cramp if sustained for long enough. This can occur due to nerve damage, physical injury, or pain in the back or legs.

Diagnosis of Muscle Spasms in Dogs

If you notice localized twitches or ticks beneath your dog’s skin, your dog is most likely suffering from muscle spasms. The muscle spasm may clear on its own with rest and fluids, but you should bring your dog in to the veterinarian if the condition persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as lameness or pain. The veterinarian can perform an examination and locate the source of the spasms, which allows for proper treatment.

During this initial visit, the veterinarian will need to establish a history and medical profile. Helpful information includes:

  • Your dog’s fitness and activity levels
  • Changes in medication
  • Recent sprains or physical injuries
  • Amount of fluid intake

Further tests may be required depending on the source of the spasms. Ask the veterinarian to show you where the spasms are originating so that you can apply the proper therapy to relieve discomfort and prevent further spasms.

Treatment of Muscle Spasms in Dogs

A number of muscle spasms can be prevented by ensuring that your dog is well hydrated and does not overexert him or herself. If your dog’s muscles begin to spasm or cramp, provide plenty of fluids and gently stretch or massage the affected muscles. Heat or cold therapy can also lessen muscle spasms while relieving any associated pain or discomfort.

Ask the veterinarian about muscle relaxants or pain relievers for your dog, which can help the cramping muscles relax and reduce spasms. Nutritional supplements, such as vitamins and minerals, herbal muscle relaxers, and electrolytes, can provide support for your dog’s muscular system while enhancing the healing process. Consult the veterinarian regarding the best treatment for your dog.

Depending on the source of the muscle spasms, additional treatment may be required to address the root cause. These include physical therapy, massage, or surgery to remove the affected nerve or source of cramping.</>

Recovery of Muscle Spasms in Dogs

The best method for dealing with muscle spasms is to prevent them. Both during and after exercise, make sure that your dog has access to plenty of fluids and remains hydrated, especially on warmer days. Refrain from any strenuous activities that may lead to a sprain or muscle injury, and help your dog warm up prior to any exercise and cool down again at its conclusion.

A follow-up with the veterinarian is typically unnecessary unless the muscle spasms were a symptom of a more serious condition. Once the spasms have cleared, you can help strengthen your dog’s muscular system with nutritional supplements or a more supportive diet.

Cost of Muscle Spasms in Dogs

The best way to start treatment (and possibly avoid a spasm altogether) is to make sure your dog has plenty of water. You can also buy electrolytes for your dog at most pet stores for around $10-$24. You may also want to buy vitamins for your dog if the source of the spasm is a nutrition imbalance. They usually cost between $15 and $45. Most pet stores may even carry herbal muscle relaxers that sell for $20 to $55 a bottle. Many drug stores carry hot and cold pads that can sell for $15 to $45 depending on the quantity and size. Another great option is taking your dog for a massage. Each session will cost around $55 to $75 for 60 minutes, but this can be very effective. If you choose to take your dog to the veterinarian, they may prescribe Methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant. This medication can cost $25 per 100 ct. or $75-$100 per 500 ct. The veterinarian may prescribe Tramadol for pain relief. Tramadol can cost $86 per 100 ct. The treatment will depend on the frequency, cause, location and severity of the muscle spasm.

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Muscle Spasms Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Lambchop
Miniature poodle
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drowsiness

Medication Used

Tramadol

My dog is a miniature poodle she is starting to have cramps in het right hip and so I pick her up and massage it and do movement to her hip and then she is fine what do you think it could be? And why is she having this all of a sudden

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Muscle cramps may be caused by a variety of different causes. Usually we see cramping in the hind quarters due to a pinched spinal nerve, trauma or due to some arthritis in the hip joint. An x-ray of the hips and the lumbosacral area of the spine will help determining a diagnosis. By investigating and treating the origin behind the cramps there is an opportunity to resolve the condition. Rest, physical therapy and weight loss (if Lambchop is overweight) can help to prevent recurrence in some cases. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog is a pug and she's gets muscle spasms or twitches in her legs while laying down and it makes her whole body jump .. what do I do?

Is there a home remedy for muscle pain in my dogs neck and back he ran into a coffee table

I have a St Bernard and today i took him for a run and he tripped and fell and did a flip. and started whimpering, as i knelled down to give him comfort his 4 legs started to do little twitches/muscle spasms i was worried if he has done any serious damage as he is a big dog. p.s he hasn't broken a bone and is walking fine I'm just a little worried.

My 4 yr old French Bulldog has been having muscle spasms in her neck upper chest area for the last week now. The vet has put her on metacam as well as a muscle relaxant and has been on them for 7 days and has gotten better but she is still having one muscle spasm in the day, mostly happens in the morning. Not sure why...?

I have a 4 year old Labrador. For the past year or so, he will occasionally (once every couple of months or so) develop a sore front left shoulder. It's always the same shoulder and last anywhere from 2-4 days. The muscle beneath his skin is cramped and twitching. He's in a lot pain. After the 2-4 days, he's fine and acts like nothing happened and is running and cutting like normal. I brought him to the vet for X-rays. They said there was no structural damage and associated it with growing pains. I don't think that is correct, but have no other solution. Any ideas? Thanks!!

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Scruffy
Bashuan Malstese Poodle Chiwawwa
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Eye Movement
Pain
Depression

My dog. Is a Chiwwawa Poodle Badhisain Maltsete And his eye is twitching when his heart beats and then he try's to it the air it kinda look like he is tryin to bite you and when you GOE to lift up his neck he starts to have pain what is this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. There are various causes for the symptoms that you describe; they could be traumatic, inflammatory, infectious or cancerous in origin. You would need to visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination as well as a neurological examination to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms; this may include blood tests and x-rays (to determine cause of neck pain). The eye-twitching may be a response to pain or may be a symptom of the primary condition; this would be identified during the physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 13 years old shit-zu. Her tail twitch when she is seating, that make her jump and star crying. What can be?

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Hooch
Dachshund
10 Years
Mild condition
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Hooch started having spasm in his back leg .He keeps liking and biting his foot while leg is Jer king and quivering sometimes it even shoots straight behind him .it last for about 30 min or so . This makes the second time it's happened and my 12 year old has done this 3 times scares me to death !

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Dachshunds are prone to muscle spasms secondary to spinal issues. Due to Dachshunds predisposition (and partially to age) to spinal problems, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for some x-rays of the spine to check for any vertebral instability or intervertebral disk disease. Also your Veterinarian (on making a diagnosis) will be able to prescribe muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medication if required. Other causes may be nerve damage to the foot he is biting or trauma to limb. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shiloh
Papillon
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Shiloh started having muscle spasms/twitching around his neck two days ago. I don't know what caused it or what to do. Someone help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Usually the cause of muscle spasms in the neck is due to nerve irritation from the spine. This could be caused by trauma, autoimmune or idiopathic. A visit to your Veterinarian will be required to carry out a physical examination and possibly some x-rays to rule out trauma (or vertebral instability). Your Veterinarian will then prescribe anti-inflammatories and possibly muscle relaxants. Until you visit your Veterinarian, try not to use his collar and try to restrict his movements so he doesn’t aggravate the area more. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Pug
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Immobility
Pain
Sneezing
Drowsiness
Noisy Breathing
Depression

She tenses up and begins crying and screaming and often pees herself or poos after it happens. What can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. It sound like Luna is suffering from some type of seizure. The frequency, duration, consciousness level will determine the type of seizure. Seizures may be caused by a variety of different causes: traumatic, poisonous, idiopathic, hereditary, liver or kidney disease, cancerous etc… In some cases, poisons (for example), if the poisonous substance is removed or treated, the seizures can resolve themselves; in other cases it may be a life-long condition requiring life-long management. You will need to visit your Veterinarian, when you do it is important to provide them with frequency, duration and consciousness level information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/epileptic-seizures

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Walker
Pitbull
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My one year and a half old pitbull was asleep last night and all of a sudden he jumped up and immediately fell back onto the bed. His back legs were twitching really bad and he looked so confused. He tried getting off the bed and walk but fell to the floor because his legs were twitching and jerking. I sat with him on the floor and tried to confort him while my husband rubbed his nack legs. This is so scary, we feed our dog Blue Buffalo and on occassion we'll give him some table, usually nothing but lean meat. Can you please help us to understand what is happening, this has never happened before and our dog has had all of his vaccinations.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A sudden episode like this can be stressful for pet owners, especially if it occurs for the first time. How are his hind legs now? If he is now walking normally and his behaviour is good, I would keep an eye on him; if he is still struggling to stand and is lethargic or is showing signs of pain then a visit to your Veterinarian will be required to have a physical examination and some x-rays done to see what the cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sunny
Mutt
9 Months
Mild condition
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Muscle Tremors

I foster a 9 month old doxie/lab mix who had both parvo and distemper as a puppy. He has involuntary muscle twitching as a result of the distemper which lessens with exercise but is continual while he is sleeping. I feed him nature's variety instinct raw boost. I am wondering if there is treatment or meds to help relieve the twitching. It is not severe but it is continual.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
402 Recommendations

Twitching can be a concern for many owners; I would advise against treating or medicating Sunny if the twitching has no effect on his health or wellbeing. Depending on the underlying reason for the twitching, some treatments (surgical or medical) may help lessen or resolve the twitching; this is something to discuss with your Veterinarian as I am unable to prescribe medication without having personally examined Sunny. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a blue heeler she just turned 2. Yesterday her stomach started jumping O the left side in front of her back leg and right behind her rib cage. It like a very hard heart beat and does not stop....is this a mule spasum?

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PARKER
Beagle/ Jack Russel
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Muscle Tremors

For a week now Parker has been very lethargic and hanging his head down (almost like it's painful to lift). The last 2 days in the morning you can visibly see his muscles spasm just above his right leg joint near his neck. If I give him a low dose asprin he improves until it wears off. I'm concerned it may be more than a pulled muscle like I thought it was. Please advise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Muscle spasms in the neck may be caused by trauma, intervertebral disk disease, inflammation, poisoning, nervous system disease or idiopathic. Aspirin has anti-inflammatory properties which would indicate an inflammatory process (caused by trauma, intervertebral disk disease or immune-mediated). The lethargy would be tied to pain and or discomfort. A visit to your Veterinarian for an examination and possibly x-rays to determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jersey
yorkie
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

My 7 year old yorkie: I found her sitting confused, perhaps disoriented. Picked her up and laid her on the sofa to look at her I touched her head and neck and she started to have spasms. Took her to the vet and the vet though perhaps she got a hold of a poison or medication. She was weak more on the right side then left. Tx with water, rest and she improved, started pain med Rymdel? Over the next 3 days she had good moments and then fatigue. Stopped the pain med yesterday. Today she appeared week and started having small tremors / spasms in her neck like before. I've given her a pain pill she is resting now and they have passed. Ideas?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Muscle tremors in the neck may be caused by a few conditions: trauma, intervertebral disk disease, inflammation, nervous system disease, systemic disease, poisoning or medication side effects / overdose. Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used in Veterinary Medicine, the return of the symptoms after the course had stopped may suggest that there is an inflammatory process caused by trauma or intervertebral disk disease. An x-ray of Jersey’s neck may help to diagnose the cause of the muscle spasms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bhunny
American Bulldog
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking
Limping

I noticed my dog was walking funny. I took him out for a walk a day after and noticed he needed to rest every 5 minutes. By the time we got home, he could barely lift his hind legs. It seems that he can't actually walk on his right hind leg. Sometimes he whimpers and other times his facial expression looks fine. He often licks his paws but that started quite a while ago. What could it be? What should I do to relieve his pain ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various reasons why dogs have hind leg issues; this may be due to trauma, infection, cancer, toxins, neurological disorder (including intervertebral disk disease in which bulldogs are prone) or idiopathic in nature. Bulldog breeds are predisposed to some conditions involving the hind quarters like hip dysplasia. A physical examination by your Veterinarian (probably will include x-rays) will discover the underlying cause and will be able to prescribe the correct treatment or management of the condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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cassio
standard poodle
12
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

12 year old standard poodle's right rear leg begin jerking and pulling away from her body. we massaged leg and she begin walking again. Last year similar incident but more severe with dog ending up sitting with both hind legs extended up beside her body and unable to stand. we carried her back to hotel room, massage and rest and has not happened again till today.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
402 Recommendations

Poodles are prone to intervertebral disk disease where a disk between the vertebrae herniates and can cause intermittent or permanent muscle twitching, pain or lameness. This condition can be medically managed in some cases along with rest and restricted exercise (and weight loss if Cassio is overweight); in other cases it may require surgery, but in a twelve year old poodle the risk may outweigh the benefits (since this is only the second episode in the space of a year). An x-ray or myelogram can be performed to confirm the diagnosis. There are other conditions which may cause the twitching: nerve damage, trauma, poisoning among others, all may be discussed with your Veterinarian when you visit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sai
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi my dog has muscle cramps

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Muscle cramps in the limbs are either caused by trauma, neurological disease, poisoning or inflammation; the rear legs are more prone to cramping. Your Veterinarian will need to carry out a physical examination, check Sai’s reflexes and may take an x-ray to check for vertebral instability (as well as any other pathology). Treatment can vary depending on the underlying cause; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are usually prescribed in most cases. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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mickey
Border Collie
Seven Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Stiffness

our dog isn't allowed to run too fast because he gets stiffness and muscle cramps from doing so. so can you suggest what's the best type of exercises or activities (except swimming because we don't have any pools or beaches here that allow dogs to swim) for dog with osteoarthritis, stiffness and muscle cramps? and please suggest what's the best type of food like kibbles or homemade diet that we can feed him. thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
402 Recommendations

As I wrote before I cannot confirm that Mickey has osteoarthritis. However, I would recommend ensuring that he remains a healthy weight (no treats from table etc…), moving to a diet specialised on joint care like Hills Prescription Diet Metabolic and Mobility Canine (which would also help if he is overweight), restricted exercise (which you are already doing) and regular checks with your Veterinarian to discuss the effectiveness of any medication and to see the progression of the condition. For exercise the best would be slow walks (using an harness instead of a collar) on a flat surface over a short distance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toby
Poodle
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors
Licking
Depression
Seizures
Pain
Stiffness

My standard/mini poodle mix is 4 years old. last year after going from sitting still to running full speed to chase a squirrel he fell down and his back legs were shaking and his feet were curling up. He would hold his jaw tight and licking his nose with his tongue. He could still hear us and look at us but could not move. This lasted about 15-30 minutes. These same symptoms occurred over the next few days so he was hospitalized at a specialty clinic for neurological disorders. A full workup including an MRI revealed nothing.
With rest, physical therapy and a slow return to activity he has been episode free since last November. Day before last he was sitting in the kitchen and flew into the living room when he heard a noise but then collapsed with a spasm episode. We have him on limited activity and no stairs but he seems fine except his back seems sensitive towards the hindquarters. We have spent thousands of dollars on vets with no diagnosis or explanation of his episodes. Rest and slow return to activity seems to be best. We were hopeful the problem was gone as it has been 10 months since his last episode.
Do you think this is a muscle spasm issue? A spinal issue? One vet thought is was his ilio psoas but that was not the source of the problem and she gave up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally the symptoms and process you describe can fall into a few different causes: traumatic, infectious, inflammation, genetic / congenital, pharmacological, toxic or idiopathic. Idiopathic basically means unknown origin; some conditions especially those surrounding the nervous system can have an unknown cause. It sounds like you have explored all avenues for a diagnosis (including with a Specialist and MRI studies which I would normally suggest given a history like Toby’s) and without examining Toby myself, I would be unable to suggest any possible causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alkis
Maltese
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors

Hello! Just now my baby boy started having a continuing twiching-spasm on his right leg and then it stopped.
Two years ago he became completely paralyzed on both legs but with proper treatment we made it and he can use his legs, not as he used to, but enough to be healthy and happy.
Are these spasms something to worry about?
Thank you in advance!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any spasm is a cause for concern, especially in a dog which has a previous history of fore limb paralysis. Muscle spasms are usually caused by trauma, intervertebral disk disease, inflammation, poisoning, nervous system disease or idiopathic. I would monitor Alkis behaviour and to try and see his activity before a spasm occurs; if he is active (running and jumping) before the spasm occurs it can indicate musculoskeletal problems and if he is sleeping, then stands up and it may be due to something else. This information would be useful to your Veterinarian when you go for a physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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mickey
Border Collie
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Stiffness

sometimes my dog has stiffness or cramps around his neck and hind legs whenever he runs too fast or too much. our vet told its osteoarthritis. any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Mickey is suffering from osteoarthritis; stiffness and muscle cramps may be caused by a variety of different causes: trauma, neurological disease, immune-mediated disease, idiopathic etc… To diagnose the cause of the problem, a physical examination, reflex tests and possibly x-rays. With his age and breed (border collie) osteoarthritis is a possibility. Without personally examining Mickey, I cannot give a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Muscle Spasms in Dogs Treatment Experiences

Chihuahua
5 Years

Has Symptoms

Seizures
Pain
Swelling
Loud Breathing
Separation Anxiety
Depression
Drowsiness
Neck Pain

My Chihuahua has been spasming in her throat and neck. The doctors don't know what's wrong.. She's had prednisone, antirobe aquadrops, metacam and shots and muscle relaxers. Nothing helps at all. She's in pain and sometimes can't breathe. I feel lost in all of this.

Shih Tzu
4 Years

Has Symptoms

Pain
Lethargy
Immobility
Paralysis
Muscle Tremors

My Molly is four years old and started having muscle spasms in her back about six months ago. At first she would just lay down and her back would sort of jump around and sometimes she would whimper. A few times she just flopped down and would not get back up for a while. She stopped jumping up on the bed soon after that and I decided it was time to take her to the vet. He said it sounded like IVDD (Intervertebral disc disease), which is just a fancy way to say she has a bad back. He did an xray and said she had a pinched nerve in her spine. He didn’t know what caused it but asked me if she had ever been injured. I never noticed anything like that happen so I don’t think so. Anyways he said dogs like dachshunds, beagles, and Shih Tzus all have a higher chance of getting this problem. With some kind of steroid shot and dog aspirin, she was almost back to normal in about a month! He said she may have to get more steroid shots if the spasms come back but other than that she should be okay.

Dachshund
9 Years

Has Symptoms

Depression
Lethargy
Muscle Tremors

My sweet little dog Dakota seems like he’s depressed. He’s usually very happy and loves to play all day. I noticed that he has low energy and sometimes when I pet him I can see twitching under skin. I got scared after seeing this happen for about a week. I took Dakota to the vet where I was asked a series of questions about Dakota. The vet asked me if he took any meds, which he doesn’t. He also asked me about Dakota’s activity levels and fluid intake. This is when I realized that I fill up Dakota’s water bowl several times a day, but not because it’s empty, because I just want him to have fresh water. It seems like Dakota is not drinking enough water. It turns out the twitches and low energy in Dakota are from muscle spasms due to dehydration. The veterinarian gave him fluids with the IV and told me I have to make sure Dakota drinks his water. I also found out that I can provide Dakota with the same electrolytes as the vet by purchasing them for $10 at the local pet store. The vet said Dakota is expected to recover quickly.

Max
Lhasa Apso

Has Symptoms

Out of Breath
Pain
Yelp When Lifted
Shaking
Arched back
Separation Anxiety

Follow up on Max the lhasa apso. He had a couple horrible episodes and wouldnt eat or drink or take his meds.. wandered around head down, back arched., panting, unresponsive, wouldnt sit or lay down, shaking and back spasming. He continued like this 2 days and we couldnt take him to vet..if we touched him he screamed. He finally passed out and slept 6 hours. Woke up, ate, took meds and we took him back to vet. Vet said its neck pain and put him on prednisone 7.5 mg. Per day, tramadol 25 mg 3x per day and methocarbamol 250 mg. 2x per day. Max. Weighs 25lbs. He is responding better to this but even on the meds Max had an episode of the above behavior one time in 5 days on this treatment. Ill post his recovery here. Weve decided to keep trying with Max and taken euthenasia off the table. We want this guy to live and hes trying so...

Bart
Cairn Terrier

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors

Our 8 year old Cairn Terrier has been having musle twithces, jerks, spasms I don't know really how to discribe them while he is just resting and while sleeping and it is all the time, doesn't seem to be in pain. He was so nervous when I took him to the vet he didn't have them and the vet had no idea what it is. He has a heart murmur and but him on med for that and I have had to go to giving him a 1/4 of the pill because he gets to lethargic but still has the symptoms. Has any one seen this I have searched and searched for what it might be? Please help!

Dog

Has Symptoms

Seizures

We have a 2 and a half year old Carin terrier. We noticed it a few days ago alittle muscle twitch around his but we also just applied the fella and Rick medicine and that also is a symptom of too much flea and tick application! We just changed dosage because he was really for a larger dose! We are going to keep an eye on him

Piper
Shih Tzu
13 Years

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors
Lethargy
Pain

My first indication was lethargy and she seemed not to want to move freely. She was diagnosed with neck spasms and treated with Methacarbonal and Deramaxx. The situation resolved in a couple of weeks. Two months later the condition returned and was much worse. The Methacarbonal and Deramaxx did not work at all. After a couple of weeks they switched her to Diazepam which did stop the tremors but made her disoriented. She is still in treatment but without medication, she is in pain. With the medication she is lethargic and loopy. I don't know if it is going to resolve but she is not herself. I feel she needs more intervention but I don't know what to do for her.

Max
Lhasa Apso

Has Symptoms

Arched back
Shaking
Yelp When Lifted
Pain
Immobility

My Max, a littlea little Lhasa Apso started crying out in his sleep and arching his back with his head down wandering around and he wouldn't follow any commands he wouldn't eat or drink so my brother gave him Tramadol and that seemed to help a little bit but the spasms continue it so the next day went to the vet he put them on tramadol methocarbamol and rimadyl and it's helped a little bit but he's still having them painful spasms they last a long time. Im at a loss. I cant stand to see such a good dog in so much pain makes my heart but he's only four and a half so he's got a long life left but I can't stand to see him suffer I don't know what else to do.

Zuri
Rhodesian Ridgeback
14 Months

Has Symptoms

Pain
Muscle Tremors
Lethargy

My dog is 14 months he's on medication for a skin disorder but has just started having spasms in his head to the point he's crying and yelping. They last for about 2minutes then stop. Feel so helpless, vets are unsure and think it has nothing to do with his medication. Please help. Michelle

Poochie
Chihuahua
13 Years

Has Symptoms

Pain
Weakness
Yelp When Lifted
Shallow Rapid Breathing
Depression
Muscle Tremors

My sisters dog often gets leg cramps which result in him screaming in pain. I've massaged the muscle myself which seems to help for about 5-10 minutes-- and then again the pain begins, all over again.. I will definitely try vitamins, etc. Could it be because he is an older dog?

Nimbus
Yorkipoo
9 Years

Has Symptoms

Papules
Muscle Tremors

My dog used to move his front leg when you scratched him in a certain spot, but now he does it when you just touch certain parts of his back. It seems like wherever you pet him on his back his leg twitches. He has a lot of flakey drandruff looking stuff by his skin and it seems like he has some bumps on his fur.

Monkey
Pomeranian
8 Years

Has Symptoms

Limping
Shaking
Pain
Lethargy

My dog Monkey, an 8 year old Pomeranian, has been waking up in a severe amount of pain. He limps, winces, keeps his head pointed down & curls up next to me only wanting his shoulder to be rubbed. When I rub the area where his bones meet, I can feel a vibrating/trembling feeling between the bones & the shoulder area. When I feel the other side, I notice that they're not the same. The left shoulder has a gap like space between the bones, I'm assuming where the joint is & it feels more bonier than the right. The right side feels smooth. When I rub this area for a while, the pain seems to go away & so does the trembling. He's even excited & completely normal during walks - no limping or wincing. Besides the pain in his left arm, he seems completely normal.

Chai
Chihuahua
5 Years

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors

My dog chai was laying in bed next to me I don't know why but I suddenly looked at him maybe i picked up on his distress subconsciously his front legs were stiff and his upper body tight. He didn't appear to be in any pain no whimpering no crying just stiff all a sudden lasted for a bout 3-5 minutes i took him to our chair and held him till he relaxed. He does have a mild fever due to a viral infection which is being treated. He's been eating normal drinking normal playing with the new addition a pit corgi mix daily. So this was kinda a shock the only thing that's changed is is food. I bought the cheap stuff this month. He seems fine now but I'm concerned he's 5 no previous episodes. I don't have any extra money right now my new addition has a heart murmur that just took 1,000 for testing and diagnosis. Should I just monitor him for a few days or should I take him to a vet?

Maya
Havanese
6 Years

Has Symptoms

Shivering
Arched back
Leg Lameness

All of a sudden she starts shaking and retracts her right front leg I pick her up and try to rub the leg and then it happens to the back leg. Front leg ok. Lasts for about 2 minutes then she is ok. This is the second time in two weeks. What could be the cause

Houston
Pittbull mix
18 Months

Has Symptoms

Twitching

My dog Houston a 18 month old black lab Pitbull mix around two months ago began to have strange tremors that don't seem to be related to pain exercise or amount of fluid intake. Generally his front left leg twitches at the shoulder and he also has strange jaw spasms of similar nature. Additionally these symptoms all seem to come and go without apparent cause leading me to believe the problem is neurological any tips?

Popeye
Pekingese
4 Years

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors
Drowsiness
won't eat,
Depression

Popeyes shoulder area is twitching with his heartbeat and it will not stop.i give him plenty of water and make sure he eats even in I have to force him. he can barely walk and his mood is always on and off. one minute he'll be running around the house and the next he'll be curled up on the couch all quiet. he's a very loud dog so I knew something was wrong when he wasn't barking and playing around. he's so depressed and it's so hard watching him go through this and me not be able to know whats going on.

Bandit
Chiuahuah
3 Years

Has Symptoms

Pain
Twitching

My Beagle/Chihuahua mix played more than normal yesterday after receiving toys in his Christmas Stocking. Today, when we woke up, he apparead to be having rhythmic muscle spasms/twitches on the right side of his neck. He is eating normally but yelps here and there when jumping off he couch. I have limited his activity today and have applied the heating pad to the spasming area on and off. He is fine with resting today and his mood doesn't seem any different but, naturally I'm a little worried. Any words of advice or comfort?

PHOEBE
Dog

Has Symptoms

Tremors

Spasms and or tremors in left hind leg/foot. Started two days ago or that is when I first noticed. She seems to drink more water than what I consider normal, but it is Winter and we are in the house more than normal. I feed her Propranolol Savor. Her urine has always had a stronger odor, which I attribute to the veggies in the food. Will tell you, she ate a piece of toffee with chocolate on it. Watched her closely, but did not notice any change in her demeanor. My Vet'said office is closed for Christmas/New Year. Should I contact another Vet or do you think she can wait five days to see our Vet?

Luke
Shih Tzu
4 Months

Has Symptoms

Shaking

I just adopted 2 4 month old shih tzus. The male dog, Luke's entire body will occasionally shudder repeatedly from head to toe. We notice it most when he is laying down and falling askeep. It does not seem to distress him, and it does not appear to be hiccups. When that happen, it looks very different. They are from the same litter ( there was only 2) and it is not happening with the female. Is this something I need to be concerned about? It is quite worrisome to observe.

Pj
Dog

Has Symptoms

Shivering
Lethargic
Crying

I have what we think is a chihuahua mixed with Boston terrier or pug. She weighs around 15-20 pounds. A couple years ago we had to take her to the ER , and end result was something along the lines of a pulled muscle. With in the last 2 -2 1/2 months she's had two incidents where she sits, shivers, and whimpers.. looks terrified, but is attentive, coherent and able to walk. Could this be a muscle spasm?

Zoey
American Pit Bull Terrier
9 Years

Has Symptoms

Hardly moving
Limping
Stiffness
Leg pain
Not Eating

She has some type of swelling or hard spot under her leg that is making her stop moving sit down and start whimpering idk what it is

Oliver
French Bulldog
1 Year

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors

My almost yr and a half old french bulldog has experienced neck/chest spasm or tremors about 5 times now and when this occurs he just likes to lay around all day with no energy which is not like him at all. He seems scared or in pain when it happens. He was on the prescription Apoquel for his allergies up until recently, I know there can be side effects of that. Does anybody know what this could be from? Worried it is something serious.

Lexy
Beagle
5 Years

Has Symptoms

walks very slow
Licking

Left my dog to be boarded picked her up and she has this pulsating twitch in her neck. Seen three vets the last one finally gave me a muscle relaxer, anti inflammatory and pain meds. How long before this goes away? If she's not better when do I take her back to be seen

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