An involuntary tremble, shudder or vibration of the muscle of a dog or cat, as from illness, fear or shock. Muscle tremors are involuntary movements that are the result of muscles contracting and relaxing. They may be rapid or slow, and they can almost any part part of a dog or cat's body. There are many health issues that can cause muscle tremors in dogs and cats; however, some of the most common include trauma and nervous system disorders. Other things that can cause muscle tremors in pets include poisoning, side effects to various drugs and hypoglycemia.
How to Recognize
Muscle tremors often look like twitching. They are spastic, frequent, and repetitive muscle movements. Tremors may take part in one specific place in your pet's body or all over.
Causes of Muscle Tremors
Some muscle tremors are simply due to the genetics of the breed or the individual pet. Trauma, toxic shock, low blood sugar, or damage to the nervous system may also be the cause.
Your veterinarian will want a medical history of your pet. The vet may take blood and urine samples, and specifically test for electrolytes and blood sugar. Your vet may also need to take a CT scan.
Treatment for Muscle Tremors
Your veterinarian may recommend medication to control your pet's muscle tremors. Keep in mind that almost all muscle tremors are merely an effect on another injury or illness.
When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.