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Question by MaltyPug
Submitted on 6/17/2004
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I own a 6 week old Pug (runt).  She shakes when she sleeps.  It has me worried.  Is she dreaming? or is she having a seizure?

Answer by chris
Submitted on 8/12/2004
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just wondering how your pup made out as there were no answers how big is she now


Answer by puglover
Submitted on 9/25/2004
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She's probably cold. Pugs should not be weaned from their mother until they are at least 10 weeks old, preferably 12 weeks.  Most puppies in litter will sleep in a big pile together for heat and companionship. Mom also provides a lot of warmth. Such young puppies don't have much body fat to keep them warm.

Try wrapping her in a piece of fleece cloth or blanket, or you can buy a microwaveable hot disk in pet stores to keep her warm.

You can try taking her bed with you, and stick her under a light blanket. You body heat will mimic her mother's. She may try to curl up around you head, which gives off a lot of heat. Walk her first, though, or you will wake up in a puddle.

If this doesn't help, seek the advice of a vet.


Answer by Lane
Submitted on 10/18/2004
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I found this on http://www.boxerrescue.com/askthevet/Brain.html:

Sleep is a period of cerebral inactivity resulting from a very complicated interplay between the brain stem and the cerebral cortex itself. It is during this time that many important development and bodily repair processes occur. The condition you have described is typical of "activated sleep" , a completely normal occurrence in dogs. Paddling-type movement, vocalizing, and muscle contractions can indeed seem similar to seizure activity; however the fact that your pup can be awakened and that the activity only occurs during sleep supports the conclusion that this is normal and no cause for concern.
Dr. Mark Meadow
Meadow Veterinary Hospital
White Plains, New York


Answer by Hiram
Submitted on 2/26/2005
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I have a year old pug and he gets the 'shivs'. Sort of a tremble when he's cold, scared or tired. I have heard that alot of pugs have this and its nothing to be concerned about. I asked my vet and he said its common in toy dog breeds.



Answer by go for the silver
Submitted on 8/2/2005
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Talk to your vet about it, or a breeding friend. But if it is more of a occasional twitch then that is just normal.

Hope I helped and good luck


Answer by sarah
Submitted on 7/22/2006
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Most puppies twitch when they are having a bad dream.My basset hound had a litter and all the puppy's twitch when they sleep


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