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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:58 pm Post subject: MUSCLE SPASMS IN HIPS/LEGS HIND END Reply with quote

I have a 12 yr old boy (Jack) recently in last 2 months diagnosed with Hypertenstion and ribrosis of the lungs- (for his age not so suprised). He also has been having hind end and back leg issues with being weak and wobbly (also an age thing). He is on meds for heart and appeaars to be doing well. In order to help with his back end issues we have built a ramp for him to get on the bed. Interesting thing happened last night will he was getting on his ramp at 1am, he made it up and seemed to have some sort of seizure while in the bed. He became competely Rigid and was shaking around- blowing bubbles (not foaming) it lasted anout 3 minutes and was up all night to be sure to other issues occurred. Today he seems fine and is eating and aware of surroundings and us. So, I beginning to wonder was this really a seizure? Could a muscles spasm in his hind end have caused him to become completely rigid for a period of time and becasue he was frightened cause the bubbles from his mouth? I can find no lasting effects from last night and he has never had any seizures (he also did not loose control of any boidily functions?) I have been reading on the interent and did find an article that indicating that muscle spasms proceed to muscle tremors and the dog may completely freeze up- (which he did) and the dog may sway as in a drunken stupor (which he did) and that seizures may also result.. Has anyone had something like this with older pugs with bak hip/leg problems. Again, Tonight seems to be fine.. I was wondering if the ramp caused the muscle spasms and the following episode.  Thank you for any info you can tell me.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:59 am Post subject: Re: MUSCLE SPASMS IN HIPS/LEGS HIND END Reply with quote

It could definitely be a seizure.  You need to at least describe this to your vet, and see if he/she wants to see Jack.  Write down the exact circumstances somewhere, what time, where you were, exactly what happened and how long it lasted, in case it happens again.  If he's having seizures the journal will help you figure out whether or not there are specific triggers.  Even if it wasn't a seizure, with any chronic medical issue a journal can be extremely helpful.  I have Lupus and I keep one for myself, so that when I go to the doctor and he asks for a description of symptoms or what date a new symptom started I can tell him, because I have it all in writing.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:32 am Post subject: Re: MUSCLE SPASMS IN HIPS/LEGS HIND END Reply with quote

My 5 year old pug is exhibiting symptoms tonight that mirror an episode he had about five months ago. He frantically starts making the motion with his hind legs that dogs do when they are trying to cover something up with dirt. At moments he tries to get up but it seems as though his hind legs won't support him. He has vomited a few times since early this morning. In between the running around making the hind leg motion, he is lethargic but conscious. Does anyone have any idea what is going on with him? When I took him to the vet in September she speculated that it could have been a seizure but wasn't sure. He doesn't whine or whimper throughout all this - He's completely silent, yet frantic. Please help!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:37 pm Post subject: Re: MUSCLE SPASMS IN HIPS/LEGS HIND END Reply with quote

You could try to post this as a new topic and see if you get some more responses.....it does sound like it could be a seizure to me.  The vomiting had happened prior to this? Vomiting in morning and legs spazing at night...or was the vomiting before AND after?  Because of the vomiting- it makes me think he was exposed to something causing all of this?  Could be something he ate....or is highly allergic to.....I have heard of seizures and vomiting for instance when a pug was exposed to a pesticide.....and my own pug had a severe allergic reaction to a sting- and he vomited several times and his head swelled up to twice the normal size.  Is there anything he may have eaten in the yard- mushrooms or something? Or some cleaning product you have used around the time of both episodes?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:41 am Post subject: Re: MUSCLE SPASMS IN HIPS/LEGS HIND END Reply with quote

Bubbasmommy.............with symptoms like that, i would have my dog at the vet ASAP. You need the opinion of a professional here..........I wouldn't wait to have him seen!
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