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I've got a problem w/ my dog and I'm trying to do my own research while I await the day we're scheduled to see the vet. PLEASE READ DETAILS!

He shakes pretty badly..his whole body.. just to look at him I am guessing it is his nerves. he used to only shake like this when he was in trouble--which isn't very often. when he does get in trouble he never, NEVER get hit, just yelled at. he is treated like a king, he is well fed and definitely not abused in any way. but recently he just shakes like this for no reason, and it's not a tiny little twitch, his whole body quivers for a pretty lengthy period of time. sometimes I thought maybe he was overly excited, but no.. just a few moments ago I went out to the living room where he was laying on the couch by himself, shaking like CRAZY. I could continue giving examples of the like but we'd be here forever... this is a pretty frequent thing for him and lately it has been happening daily. Like I said--He's already got an appointment with the Vet, so please do not reply with "take him to the vet." that's an obvious remedy... I am here to do my own research prior to that appointment and to find out: what could this be, what is happening to him? THANK YOU for your help!

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It sounds like he is having seizures. If this is happening at certain times of the days or certain rooms of the house there may be a trigger to them. THere are meds for it but only through vet prescription.

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I had a cat who had epilepsy and no matter how big or small her seizures would be she was never conscious when it happened... Now, I'm not fully educated on them so this is why I'm asking... If it was a seizure, would he be totally alert and wagging his tail? Because he is when it happens.
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It is possible.. It could also be that your dog has gotten old enough to have joint damage and the jerking is from the muscles releasing joint tension.
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Sounds neurological. Like seizures. (Siezures come in all shapes an sizes, so don't count them out.)

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I had a cat who had epilepsy and no matter how big or small her seizures would be she was never conscious when it happened... Now, I'm not fully educated on them so this is why I'm asking... If it was a seizure, would he be totally alert and wagging his tail? Because he is when it happens.
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He might be. But "alert and oriented" is an umbrella term...he might not be clinically oriented. If he was on electrodes they would be able to tell of he was actually "alert." If it helps any, I used to have a human patient who's seizures involved a simple head turn to the left side. He could talk to me, write, read, and communicate. His brain was still clinically misfiring. Humans and animals are not too genetically different, so I find it appropriate to compare them.
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