WHY Do Dogs Have Sudden Spasms While Sleeping
Dogs are known for their enduring energy and playfulness – but what about when they sleep? Some dogs may be seen having spasms while resting, called “paroxysmal nocturnal myoclonus” or PNM. This resting jerky behavior is most pronounced in large breeds with deep chests, such as Newfoundlands, St Bernards, and Dobermans. It typically lasts for 10 seconds or less.
Attention: Do you have a dog? Does your dog sleep?
Interest: If you are a dog owner, you might have noticed that your dog sometimes has spasms while sleeping.
Desire: This is called paroxysmal nocturnal myoclonus. It is a neurological disorder that affects dogs.
Action: Read this article to learn more about paroxysmal nocturnal myoclonus and what causes it!
Introduction: What are the causes of these spasms?
Dogs having sudden spasms while sleeping is a common occurrence. However, the source of the spasm cannot always be identified. Some owners say that their dog’s eyes will roll back in their head and it will start shaking for a few minutes – but then go back to sleep.
There are cases where the dog will have a seizure, but not always followed by a period of deep sleep. Dogs have spasms for different reasons. Some dogs have a problem with their spinal cord and are paralyzed. They have no control over their muscles and their body will shake uncontrollably. They can’t walk and they are paralyzed.
Why do these spasms only happen while sleeping?
There are many reasons why dogs may experience spasms while sleeping. It is possible they may be dreaming, experiencing muscle cramps, or perhaps experiencing a seizure. Dogs that suffer from epilepsy may also experience these sudden spasms. There are a number of different causes of seizures in dogs. If you suspect your dog has a seizure, it is important to get to a veterinary clinic immediately. Your vet can determine the cause of the seizure and how best to treat it.
What precautions should I take while I am caring for my dog?
The answer to this is very simple, Many of the same precautions that you would take with a human patient should be taken with your dog.
To care for your dog well, you should take precautions before and after acquiring a new dog. The first precaution is to make sure you have the right size crate or the right size room for your dog to sleep in at night. You should also provide a bed for these sleeping arrangements. You should provide the same amount of room that you want him to get during nighttime activities
How does this affect the dog’s quality of life?
Dogs are known for their happy, outgoing personalities. Though they often portray these feelings, sometimes dogs will suddenly have a seizure while sleeping. This can be alarming to many people who are watching the dog because seizures can last for minutes at a time. Dogs also experience muscle spasms during the seizure. The question is why does this happen? The answer to this question is still unknown. However, it is possible that the dog’s body is trying to make the seizure happen in order to expel toxins from the brain.
Is it possible that the dog is having a seizure and I don’t know it?
Every dog has a different personality. It’s possible that your dog is having an ictal event and you just don’t know it! There are many reasons why dogs experience sudden spasms while they’re sleeping including: seizures, brain tumors, head trauma or injury, erythromycin-induced retinal degeneration, low blood sugar levels, epilepsy, and more. If you notice your dog having these types of events you should consult with your veterinarian.
What can you do about these spasms?
Many people have noticed that their dog has a sudden spasm while sleeping, often in the belly area. It may be a stomach ache, but there are a few other possible causes. While a veterinarian should always be consulted, owners can perform some research and see if they can identify any of these potential causes.
Sometimes these spasms can be prevented by giving the dog a probiotic supplement before the next meal. The probiotic supplement will help the dog to digest food better and may prevent future problems.
Other causes of this problem include the dog swallowing a foreign object. This is common with puppies, but can also occur with older dogs. The last cause of this problem is the dog ingesting too much of a particular food.