Why has my dog developed a twitch?

Why does my dog twitch?

(Q) My Staffie, who is 13, has developed a twitch. It's mainly when she's settling down, not when she's active or in deep sleep. The vet hasn't seen her twitch as she's always hyperactive when I take her.

(A) Vet Roberta Baxter says: A number of causes can exist for a dog developing a twitch. It could be of no consequence, but it could indicate a painful condition, or a neurological abnormality. I suggest that you get her checked out again by your vet.

Blood tests might be advisable to check liver and kidney function and to make sure there are no signs of underlying disease. When you go, it might be a good idea to take a video of your dog's behaviour so that your vet has a clear idea of what this twitch is like.