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Pain with spontaneous and abnormal contractions of a muscle for example in the back or neck of a pet. Muscle spasms are common in pets, and they are characterized by the involuntary twitching of various parts of the body. This condition can occur in both cats and dogs, and the most common causes include injuries, neurological disorders, various toxins and a variety of viruses. However, some other things that can cause muscle spasms in dogs and cats are degenerative myelopathy, extreme stress, hypoglycemia and encephalitis.

How to Recognize

Spasms are involuntary, repetitive muscle movements. Spasms can be generalized (throughout your pet's whole body) or localized (only in one or few areas).

Causes of Spasms

Spasms may be due to trauma, neurological disorders, Diabetes (low blood sugar), degenerative myelopathy, encephalitis, or toxicity.


Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical and background exam.

Treatment for Spasms

Your veterinarian will try to treat the underlying condition. If there is no cause or treatment for the cause of your pet's spasms your veterinarian may prescribe medication to help control their muscle movements.

Pet Insurance

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.

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