Apr 30 , 2021
Canines exposed to cold temperatures often shiver or shake. This is an involuntary reaction in the animal to raise his temperature and ward off hypothermia. Smaller canines are more susceptible to cold because they have less body mass. Shivering can be alleviated by providing your canine with a coat or sweater, putting a warm blanket in his bed and placing his bed a warm area of the house.
Canines shake to show excitement and happiness. It’s how they show emotion. They also shake when seeking attention. These behaviors should be ignored, and the animal should be rewarded when he calms down. Fear can also produce shaking in a canine and can be remedied by comforting the animal. Elderly canines are prone to shaking due to arthritis or pain in the joints. Certain breeds, such as Dalmatians and Chow Chows, are susceptible to shaking. When a canine constantly shakes, it is often a caused by a disorder known as generalized tremor syndrome. This can be helped with prednisone, which is a steroid drug.
Trauma and weakness can cause shaking, as can pain or nausea. Several tremor-causing conditions and illnesses are hypoglycemia, kidney failure, immune disease and heart disorders. Poisoning and ingesting toxins can also cause shaking. Distemper, spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders can induce shaking, as can overly full anal sacs, seizure disorders and Addison’s disease where a canine doesn’t produce enough steroids. All of these conditions are treatable by a veterinarian.
Home management of canine tremors should involve keeping the animal warm, hydrated and adequately fed. Exercise for a shaking dog should be limited because activity worsens the shaking. A good rule of thumb is to contact a veterinarian if your canine’s shaking is abnormal for him.