Why do dogs twitch in their sleep

Posted July 26th, 2011 by gemainz

Humans have grown so attached to dogs because these animals have proven their worth not only as affectionate pets but also as dependable protectors and helpers. Humans have grown to love dogs because these animals that are considered as members of the family have become invaluable helpers and companions. Some dog owners would even care for the dog as if it is a baby.

Dogs are kissed and cuddled and allowed to share the bed of the master. Being considered as family members, the well being of the pet is of prime importance thus a dog owner would worry if something unusual is noticed about the pet. Pet parents would worry about the well being of the pet so that a pet noticed to be under the weather will be rushed to the vet.

Every little movement of the pet will be noticed by a loving pet parent because similar to a toddler, the dog will be constantly watched as well. Dogs normally twitch when they sleep but pet parents not aware of this fact would worry and think that the twitching is a seizing episode. Twitching is a normal involuntary movement of a sleeping dog but because dog owners are more aware of canine seizure, the perfectly harmless movement would cause dog owners to worry.

Seizure and twitching are both involuntary movements. A seizure can be distinguished from switching as in seizing episodes, the dog would have stiffer movements. A seizing dog will be difficult to rouse as they will not respond to the voice of the master. A twitching dog on the other hand can be easily roused from sleep. A pet owner may tap the dog or call the dog’s name. A seizing dog, especially one that is suffering from cluster seizing episodes would need medical attention.

Just like their human friends, dogs too would dream when they are sleeping deeply. The dog acting up a dream may growl, snap at insects and may pedal the legs as if running. The dog may also twitch because similar to humans, dogs may be dreaming of falling from heights and the twitching is the effort made to abort the fall. Twitching is normal in sleeping dogs but there are instances when a dog owner has to give attention to the twitching of the pet as it can be a symptom of a medical concern. Distemper will cause a dog to twitch. An advance stage of canine distemper will have serious effects on the dog’s neurological system so that the pet will twitch continuously.

At Sarah’s Dogs you can find out more about why dogs twitch in their sleep as well as first aid for dogs.

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