Want to learn the secret to getting your dog to stop shaking? Read on to discover the 4 most common reasons and what you can do for your dog by understanding your dog’s behavior.
Let’s start by clarifying the term “shake” and what I’m referring to when I use it. I am referring to dogs that tremble or tremble while in control of their bodies. If your dog makes eye contact and responds to you while shaking, then your dog is in full control of his body; unlike dogs who lose control during a seizure.
So why do dogs tremble?
Your dog could be shaking for common reasons that are easy to fix, or your dog’s shaking could indicate something is medically wrong. I will discuss these potential medical issues later in this section. When you know why your dog is shaking, you can make an informed decision about his well-being with a little more confidence. Here are the four most common reasons dogs tremble, and what you can do to help and comfort your dog during these difficult times.
- One – your dog is cold
Not uncommon, especially for short-haired breeds. When a dog is cold, its body shivers to generate heat through muscle movement. It’s easy to give your dog a little warmth to stop his shaking. Place your dog in a warm environment and/or provide a warm bed and blanket.
- Second – your dog is anxious or frightened
The release of adrenaline often causes tremors. The dog’s adrenal glands release adrenaline to help him deal with the situation. Thunderstorms, fireworks, air travel, car rides, vet visits, grooming salons, meeting strangers, loud noises; Any kind of environmental change can cause anxiety or fear in a dog. Hold onto your dog and reassure them with love and attention that there is nothing to worry about. He will feel safe and loved and soon his shaking will stop.
- Three – your dog is excited
Your dog looks forward to dinner, chases a squirrel, sees you alone after a long day and is eager to play; For some reason, your dog is trembling in anticipation of something happening. There is nothing to fear here; Your dog will stop shaking when the excitement is over.
- Four – Learned Behavior
Your dog has learned that when he trembles, he gets a desired response from you, whether that response is a sign of affection and attention or a tasty treat. To stop this canine behavior, ignore the shaking and instead reward your dog with affection and attention when he’s not shaking. Spread your attention, affection, and treats throughout the day and evening so your dog learns that he doesn’t have to shake to get what he wants.
Now it’s time to talk about other reasons dogs tremble.
If your dog is shaking uncontrollably, determine when the shaking started, what the dog’s symptoms are, and which parts of the body are affected. All of these are clues to help you spot a potentially serious health problem. For example, some dogs tremble when their blood sugar is dangerously low or just before a seizure. This section is alarming at some of the reasons why dogs tremble, but will help you tell the difference between healthy canine behavior and signs of serious illness, and what to do if you suspect a medical condition.
- One – poisoning
A dog that has ingested chocolate, poisonous plants, cigarettes, insecticides, contaminated food, and other harmful substances in high doses may experience vomiting, diarrhea, and uncontrollable tremors. If you suspect poisoning, take your dog to an emergency hospital immediately.
- Two – distemper
Distemper is a virus that commonly occurs in puppies before they reach adulthood and in dogs that have not been vaccinated. Symptoms include fever, cough, and nasal discharge; and can also cause tremors and seizures. Puppies who have not been fully vaccinated are at a higher risk of contracting the virus. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice any symptoms or suspect your dog has been exposed to distemper.
- Three – kidney disease
Dogs can be symptom-free for a very long time. If your dog suddenly starts drinking and urinating more frequently, it’s cause for concern. Other signs, including tremors, may follow as your dog’s condition progresses. Contact your veterinarian immediately for therapy and treatment options.
- Four – Addison’s disease
Dogs with this condition show signs of gastrointestinal problems, loss of energy and strength, and little or no appetite; along with shaking. Addison is often misdiagnosed, which can lead to more serious problems. If your dog appears chronically ill and malnourished, speak to your veterinarian about possible causes.
- Five – White Dog Shaker Syndrome
It’s a serious condition in small breeds like Maltese and West Highland White Terriers that can make your dog tremble and cause whole-body tremors in young dogs. Anxiety-related canine behavior is ruled out since this syndrome is not a response to specific stressors. If you suspect your dog is shaking due to this syndrome, contact your veterinarian immediately.
- Six – fever
If your dog seems to be shivering from the cold in a warm environment, your dog may have a fever. Your dog is shaking to increase its body temperature. If possible, take your dog’s temperature with a rectal thermometer. If its temperature is above 40 degrees, take your dog to the vet immediately. A temperature above 104 degrees is a medical emergency.
- Seven – pain
Tremors can be a sign of pain. Signs your dog is in pain include restlessness, changes in behavior, dilated pupils, oversleeping, hiding, limping, excessive licking or biting, increased vocalization, need for attention, poor coat, blank stare, glassy expression, and decreased appetite. Signs of pain are difficult to spot in dogs and vary depending on the cause of the pain. Because most dogs are very good at hiding pain, your dog is usually in significant pain when you notice a problem. If your dog is shaking and showing any of the signs discussed, take your dog to a veterinarian.
- Eight – Old age
Unfortunately, older dogs are more prone to shakes and deterioration. Weakened muscles coupled with a touch of arthritis make standing and walking painful for older dogs. These symptoms cannot be reversed, but you can consult your veterinarian to discuss available therapies and treatments to help relieve your dog’s discomfort and pain.
Let’s summarize now.
Dogs tremble for many reasons. Realizing why your dog is shaking is important, especially if there is a health issue. The sooner an illness or disease is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated.
When dogs are anxious, anxious, or excited, their adrenal glands release adrenaline to prepare their bodies to escape or deal with the situation causing the excitement. If your dog continues to shiver in a warm environment, he may have a fever or another health problem unrelated to the common cold. If you are not 100% sure, have your dog medically evaluated by your veterinarian before assuming shaking is normal canine behavior.
If your dog is shaking and you can’t see why, take him to a veterinarian. If your dog’s tremors are not constant, then it is a behavioral problem. Are you dealing with normal dog behavior, medical issues, or behavioral issues? If your dog is exhibiting normal canine behavior, then follow my four tips to help and comfort them. If you are dealing with behavioral issues, then work with a professional trainer who provides positive, reward-based training. If you suspect you are dealing with a medical problem, contact your vet immediately.
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