Why older dogs rear leg shake or twitch?
probably something to do with the nerves in there legs it's a age thing not an illness or anything
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There is a certain area on a dog's body that is referred to as the "saddle region." It vaguely consists of the back, sides and flanks. Rubbing or scratching a dog in the saddl…e region (the exact spot varies according to the individual pet) will cause the hind leg to simulate a scratching motion. This is called the "scratch reflex." In other words. the dog thinks it feels good No. in other words, the dog likes what you are doing, therefore he shakes his legs to have an itch because your tickling him. No. In other words it is a reflex reaction that the dog cannot help. Kind of like having your knee hit with that instrument that the doctors test reflexes with.
Dogs shake their legs when you rub their stomach due to muscle reflex.
I assume you mean - when you're scratching the dog. It's an involuntary movement that means - that's the sweet spot -- "that's just where I need to be scratched."
\nthere are many causes:\n. \nTrauma to the spinal cord between thoracic to lumbar-sacral region.\nAny brain lesion/mass/tumor.\nAny infection of the brain/brain stem(spinal …cord).\nRabies.\nDiabetic neuropathy.\nOsteoarthritis of spine.\nosteoarthritis of rear legs.\nIntervertebral disc disease.(disc prolapse)\nAny blood clot in abdominal Aorta.\nCongestive heart failure\ndiscospondilitis.\nIatrogenic (caused by human etc.) nerve damage.\nDisuse atrophy (muscle not used due to other systemic disease)\nHip dysplasia.\nold age.
there could be lots of reasons these are a couple of suggestions i hope they help. Maybe the dog is cold or even if your dog suffers from bad nerves. or even it could just be …a twitch. I have a dog and she tends to twitch her legs in her sleep but just because shes dreaming. It wouldn't be nothing serious.
It may have an itch because of fleas.
It is possible your dog is suffering from vestibular disease. Have him checked by your vet. few things that cause this is ear infection old age or some pet medication.
Your dog twitches because it needs a friend. If it already has a friend then maby you need to spend more time with your dog
it's one of many subtle coping mechanisms. if someone is aggitated by something, they'll twitch their legs. when i stopped doing it it gave me time to observe others that do i…t and yeah people that are more flamboyant and active will tend to do it more. or if they can't sit still. i find that if you control your breathing to breathe slower you're less inclined to be aggitated and thus inducing the leg twitching. interesting note is: a lot of times when someone needs to use the restroom they'll do the leg twitching
Why a dog twitches: Well first off, he/she should'nt twitch when they are not sleeping. Or they may have a bug like a tick. This can simply be solved with tick or bug cream at… any local store that sells pet products. IF he/she is sleeping and is twitching, there are many reasons for it. like: 1. The dog is having a bad dream. IF he is moaning, then he if having a night mare. You should gently wake the dog up, give it you'r sent and give it a bone or a treat. 2. if the dog starts randomly growling, emedeatly wake it up!! It is having a wash-out. Were it replaces its real life with its dream. This could become a tumor, if not quickly woken up. 3. If a dog twitches its ears when its sleeping, he is having a nice dream, try not to wake him ;) 4. Also if the dog is gently snoring he/she is having a nice dream. No matter what kind of snore it is, it doesnt matter depending on the dog. 5. If a dog twitches his tail in his dream, put some food in front of him/her that they could eat. they could be in pain in their dreams and food will wake them. WHAT EVER YOU DO, don't wake them up by tapping them or any thing. That can scare them and they could bite you, don't hit them if they do. It is a force of reaction. Because they were probably in a fight in their dream. All dogs twitch in their dreams, but not all do the same thing.
\nnothing, my dog isn't shaking or twitching. if he was i guess i'd assume he had turned into a chihuahua
when dogs shake, it means one of these 3 things; 1. it is scared 2. it is cold 3. it is excited
\nStroke. TAKE IT TO A VET!
This question is not worth answering. C'mon!
because its a certain spot they like to be petted which she cant get to herself! :D