Neurological Symptom: Twitching

Neurological disorders can become apparent with a wide array of symptoms, such as twitching. Although twitching may be caused by a number of medical conditions, your pet is best served by bringing them to The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC) for advanced diagnostics.

How to Recognize Twitching in Your Pet

“Twitching” is not a clinical term for a neurological symptom, but a common way pet owners describe their pet’s involuntary behavior. Other terms they may use include:

  • Tremoring
  • Shaking
  • Convulsing

Twitching most commonly affects one or more paws, limbs or areas of the face; however, some pet owners may use the term to describe a whole-body seizure.

What Twitching May Indicate about Your Pet’s Neurological Condition

Twitching very often indicates a focal seizure. But, it is important to note that twitching is not synonymous with a seizure. In other words, other neurological or medical issues can cause involuntary spasms, such as:

  • Meningitis
  • Brain disorder
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Electrolyte disturbances
  • Toxins

Pets in severe discomfort because of a slipped disc or experiencing other nerve problems may also shake. Such twitches and tremors may also present with other symptoms, such as weakness and trouble standing or walking.

What to do If Your Pet is Twitching

If your pet is twitching, tremoring or shaking, please contact The ANIC. Because there are so many conditions that could cause the involuntary movements of your pet’s extremities or facial muscles, we need more information to determine if emergency services are required.

When you call, you will speak to a neurologist who will, in just a few minutes, help you understand the urgency of your pet’s condition. In many cases, your pet can safely wait for a scheduled appointment.

If you observe your pet twitching, shaking or tremoring, contact The ANIC for advanced diagnostics and treatment.

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