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Old 06-13-2012, 07:51 PM
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Ok, so I just want some opinions on this thing Traveler does periodically that started about a year ago. I've avoided asking because I didn't want a doomsday answer but I figured it was worth a shot anyways.

All of a sudden he'll stop wanting to jump on me/on things. Which for him is really really weird. He'll come up to me and just sit on my feet hunched over and when he walks his back is kinda arched up. This is how I know it's happening.

He'll not make any noises (again, he's a very vocal dog who groans, moans and so on.

He'll then start a full body quiver in time with his breaths.

His muscles are all tensed.

Won't take food.

He'll walk, he can poop, pee, he's completely alert, responds to commands and me. His eyes are clear and awake and there is no repetitive clenching of any muscles or body parts. No twitching except for his quivering. No drooling either.

It tends to last anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour.

I know it's done when he lets out a moan or groan in a deep breath.

I just don't know what it could be. I've thought maybe an upset stomach/gas but I just don't know. It doesn't seem like any kind of seizure I've ever heard of.

I haven't brought him to the vet for this because he's fine once it stops and I have no clue what they would be able to tell me if he isn't doing it.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:15 PM
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I wonder if he's having some muscle spasms in his back?
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:31 PM
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I wonder if he's having some muscle spasms in his back?
What would be the best way to see if that was it?

If it means anything he does do full body stretches without any issue. He loves to come over and stretch off me with his back arched in a lot.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:44 PM
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Charlie horse? Or tummy upset - I've see Kes do something similar (hunched up, slow/stilted movement) when he really has to pee.

Might be worth looking into a chiro.
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Next time it happens, video it if you can!
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I meant maybe he's having some muscle spasms just during those episodes. Do you mean while this is going on he'll come over and stretch, or just in general? You could try gently feeling along the long muscles of the back - feel for areas that feel warmer, tighter, or harder than the surrounding areas. I usually just lightly use my palm first, and then gently walk my fingers down. If you get a skin twitch in any area, go back and investigate it a little more thoroughly.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:56 PM
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Next time it happens, video it if you can!
I will if I can! Not sure if it will look like anything to anyone that doesn't know him. I had to do a lot of convincing to make anyone else in my family think anything was off.

And Sassafras, he doesn't stretch when it's happening. I thought you meant his back was off and was just saying he does stretch no issue when these things are happening. But I'll do that.
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My first thought would be that it sounds like stomach cramps.
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I would think some sort of back pain or muscle cramp. Maybe stretch him before and after play sessions?
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I would think some sort of back pain or muscle cramp. Maybe stretch him before and after play sessions?
This was my first thought as well. From the things I've read on here, I would start the search for a decent chiro. Could be a very simply fix with a chiro visit!
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