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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1989 Mar 1;194(5):686-9.

Movement disorders during sleep in cats and dogs.

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School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 19104.

Abstract

Spontaneous sleep movement disorders in 5 cats and 3 dogs were studied. Objective abnormalities during sleep were confirmed by electrographic or behavioral monitoring techniques in all animals. The cause of the disorder was CNS disease in 3 animals. A cause was not discovered in the other 5 animals, although at necropsy, 2 were found to have thyroid tumors. Many pharmacologic treatments were ineffectual, but trials with the benzodiazepine tranquilizer, clonazepam, suggested it will prove useful in controlling violent movements during rapid-eye-movement sleep.

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2925485
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