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Merry Myrtle has odd little "tremors" & "twitches". Any ideas of cause?
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It’s really hard ro see what’s going on with the videos. I’ll eliminate a couple of things right off the bat though: She is NOT asleep or dreaming in either of these videos. It is NOT the kind of “shivering” she would jave from being cold.

This has been going on for many, many months and I finally had enough sense to video it.

I keep trying to find the words to describe this: twitches….tremors…tiny jerking spasms…..

In the videos the jerking is more visible in the back legs, but it does happen all over. You can see a bit of twitching in her shoulder/neck area and her front leg. And yes, it does happen when she is asleep too, but just as much when she’s awake and just settling down in her snuggling position.

Doesn’t seem to bother her at all. Just curious what it might be. Any ideas anybody? If you can “enlarge” the videos on your screen it will help. Sorry about the quality.

Thanks to everyone!

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Hmm. No ideas. Are you sure she’s not asleep? Wyatt is a total spaz when he sleeps (which isn’t much different than when he’s awake!).

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Definitely not asleep in these videos. She was trying to hide her head in the pillows to avoid being filmed. She had just settled down though to get ready to go to sleep when I started filming. But yes, it happens as she gets ready to go to sleep and it also happens when she is asleep. The movements are very…hmmm….very much the same…very repetitive…..the back legs twitch the same over and over everytime…very different from her dream movements.

And Wyatt, you are not a spaz!! You are …hmmm…UNIQUE!!!

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Wyatt says “WOOF!THANKYOU!WOOF!”

Well, when I start to fall asleep and relax I know I twitch a little, don’t you?

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Hi Sally…when I started reading the description, my first thought was seizure? But then I watched the video. Have you ever had a twitching muscle, like in your arm? I have, and it seems like its just muscle fibers firing off. I don’t know what causes THIS kind of twitching, but maybe its something similar in Merry Myrtle. How often does this happen? It’s always something, isn’t it?

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Yeah, it is like twitching muscles as she relaxes and then starts to dose off. Yeah, you’re right, . now that you both mention it, I guess I “twitch” too.

Im REALLY not worried in the least..REALLY! It’s just “odd” and happens almost everytime she settles down and gets ready to doze. Lasts a couple of minutes.

Thanks pals!

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I think I’ve seen Jasper do that (in her sleep) but I think I agree w/Paula…. I think it’s probably muscle nerves twitching as she’s trying to relax and snuggle down (and thinking, mom… get that camera out of my face … it’s snoozy time). 

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This is not that unusual for large or giant breeds. When they relax or sleep their muscles often twitch involuntarily.  There is a condition more common in Boxers or Bulldogs called idiopathic tremors but that is almost exclusively a head tremor and also does not require treatment.

I would not worry based on the video!

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Nitro has actually had the idiopathic tremors Pam mentioned. Interestingly enough honey seems to make them stop.

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Jazz does that too.  Sometimes Snickers.  Very interesting never really thought much about it. 

Thanks for sharing and Dr Pam thank you for your input

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You rock Pam, thanks!

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Thanks everybody!!

Michelle, you must feel like you’re having one of Alison’s California earthquakes when Snickers and Jazz both have these tremors the same time on yiur bed! That’s a whole lotta’ shaking’ going o !!

Paula, very interesting about the honey remedy. Thanks!

And to jave a vet of Dr. Pam’s caliber to be so generous with her time and knowledge…are we lucky or what!! I can only imagine how yiur whole hoise would shake if Julian has any of these twitches!

Jerry, you’re really missing out not having Wyatt sleep in bed with you!

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When Wyatt shakes, even if he’s on his own bed, the whole house shakes. Remember we’re on wheels!

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