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Twitching or other repetitive movements of a dog or cat, as a sudden involuntary or spasmodic muscular movement especially one caused by a nervous condition. Muscle twitching in pets is characterized by involuntary muscle movements that can be slow or fast and can occur occasionally or chronically. There are many reasons why dogs and cats may experience muscle twitching including nervous system abnormalities, tremor syndrome, trauma, injuries and side effects to various drugs. Kidney failure, hypoglycemia, poisoning and inflammation can cause muscle twitching in pets as well.

How to Recognize

Twitching is involuntary, repetitive muscle movements. Twitching can be slow or fast, and may look spastic. Twitching can be generalized (throughout your pet's whole body) or localized (only in one or few areas).

Causes of Twitching

Twitching can be caused by trauma or be hereditary. Other possibly underlying conditions include Diabetes (low blood sugar), nervous system diseases, and toxicity.


Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical and background exam.

Treatment for Twitching

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

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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