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Muscle spasm

August 12th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

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Just wanted to pass on something that happened to Hope a couple of weeks ago, in case this ever happens to your dog.

Hope was sleeping on the floor when it was time for all the dogs to go outside.  Hope startled us when she couldn’t get up.  She could just lift her head slightly and she had a look of total terror in her eyes; her neck was rigid.  We were sure she was having a stroke….or worse.

After about 5 minutes of us talking to her and rubbing her body, she finally came around.  Since she has not had a recurrence, our vet said if sounded like she had a muscle spasm around the neck/chest area.  Should it happen again, he advised us to massage the area.

Just wanted to pass on this horrible experience in case it should happen to you….

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5 Comments so far ↓

  • chilidawg

    Ohhh, that is scary! I’m glad that it hasn’t happened again, and I hope you never have to go through that again!

  • 4hope

    Thank you! I lost about 10 years off my estimated life expectancy that day, but at least I learned something from the experience, which is why I posted it for others–although I’m not sure I posted it the right place.

  • admin

    Sounds like a serious spasm indeed. Thanks for sharing, glad it hasn’t happened since. Readers might consider these tips for managing phantom pain in dogs.

  • jerry

    Oh dear lord that must have scared the pants offa you. But yes, this is good for you to share with others. You can also post it in the Forums too (“Treatment and Recovery”) if you didn’t already.

    Massage is GREAT for spasms, you done good. I’m glad it wasn’t anything serious. Whew!!!!

  • 4hope

    Thank you for reminding me that I should post this on Treatment and Recovery, Jerry.

    I will tell Hope that you are thinking about her when she gets her massage tonight!

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