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Paroxysmal dyskinesia (movement disorder) Owner Factsheet

Some dogs are affected by a disease that affects their movement so that they occasionally show muscle spasms or being wobbly or develop tremors. These signs can be present all the time or may come and go. The term paroxysmal means that affected dogs are generally normal and then periodically develop signs associated with disease before returning to normal again. Dyskinesia means an involuntary movement of the body. So, in this condition apparently normal dogs suddenly have episodes where they develop tremors or other movement disorders. Although these conditions are being recognised more commonly, they are often mistaken for an epileptic seizure, both by owners and by vets. Although initially very frightening many of these conditions can be managed very successfully.
 

What is paroxysmal dyskinesia?

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What causes paroxysmal dyskinesia?

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How would I know if my dog had paroxysmal dyskinesia?

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How would my vet know if my dog had paroxysmal dyskinesia?

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Is the condition the same in all dogs?

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Can paroxysmal dyskinesia be treated?

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