Shaking dog : what are the possible causes ?
There are several reasons why dogs may shake. And in most cases, the causes are benign. If, however, you notice that your dog is shaking for too long and regularly, it’s best to consult a veterinarian to make sure that everything is fine.
Why does your dog shake? What to do in case of trembling in your dog?
1- Natural causes
The origin of your dog’s trembling may be physiological. How can you tell? If the cause is natural, the tremors will disappear by themselves after a few minutes, without any particular intervention.
Tremors in dogs can be explained by :
* Hypothermia, in other words, he is simply cold. When animals are cold, their muscles make multiple small contractions that result in tremors, which are intended to produce heat.
* A great nervousness. When the animal is hyper excited or when it is impatient to do something, it can also start shaking. This can happen when he has a pressing urge, when he wants to go for a walk, when he wants to play…
* Anxiety, in other words, he is afraid. That’s right! When he is afraid or when he is stressed, he can start shaking. It is common for puppies to shake when they change environment. And a dog with motion sickness may also – instead of vomiting – start shaking.
* A dream. If your dog is shaking in his sleep, don’t worry, he’s just dreaming.
2- Pathological causes
A shaking dog can also hide a disease. Also, if the shaking persists or becomes chronic, caution is advised. It is better to call a specialist.
Trembling in dogs can indeed be a symptom of a more or less serious pathology such as :
** Hypocalcemia. Calcium deficiency can indeed cause tremors, especially in a bitch that has just given birth and is nursing.
** Intoxication. Tremor is a common symptom of intoxication in dogs. If it appears suddenly and persists, and if it is accompanied by fever, review what the animal ate just before.
** Hypoglycemia. That’s right! Even in humans, a drop in blood sugar levels can cause tremors. Supplementing with sugar should solve the problem. If your dog is diabetic, if he starts shaking, you already know what to do.
** Nervous disorders and any abnormality affecting the neurological system can cause tremors. When the previous pathologies are ruled out, we must look for the brain. It could be an infection of a peripheral nerve, cancer, tumor, etc.
** Idiopathic head tremors. This is a condition that affects certain breeds of dogs such as the Boxer, Bulldog, Pinscher or Labrador. It manifests itself – as the name suggests – by a tremor in the head.
3- Trembling dog – What treatment ?
It depends essentially on the cause of the tremor. It is important to identify the origin of this dysfunction before starting a possible treatment. A consultation with a veterinarian is therefore unavoidable.
4- The right gestures in case of a dog shaking
If your dog shakes, don’t panic. A dog that shakes is often trivial and in most cases, it doesn’t mean anything serious. The first thing to do is to make sure your dog is not cold. If he is, warm him up with a blanket or put him in a warm room and the shaking will stop.
He may also have a craving. If he’s used to relieving himself while you’re out walking, shaking may mean he wants to go outside. The shaking will stop as soon as he relieves himself.
He may also shake when he’s hungry. So give your dog something to nibble on, preferably something with sugar in it to ward off possible hypoglycemia. This should solve the problem.
5- Shaking dog – When to worry ?
The first thing to worry about is if, despite all the precautions you’ve taken, the shaking persists. There is also cause for concern if the shaking is accompanied by weakness, or sudden fatigue, and possibly a change in body temperature. This may indicate hypoglycemia or severe intoxication. And if you don’t intervene quickly, both cases can be fatal.