Why do dogs shake?

April 13, 2012

Dogs have become wonderful parts of our lives. These affectionate animals that have found a niche in our hearts have repaid all the love and care they receive from us by making the quality of our lives much better. This is the reason why an owner will be concerned if anything untoward happens to the pet. A pet that strayed would cause the human family anguish but a pet that was lost forever due to an illness would be more heartbreaking. The slightest sign of a change in behavior of the pet would prompt the owner to rush to an animal hospital. Early treatment would oftentimes save the life of the pet. However, there are situations that will not warrant the attention of the vet. An owner has to be discerning and to know the tell tale sign from what is dangerous to the well being of the pet to what is not.

Dogs shake… they shake their heads, their legs and their bodies. Shaking is one of the tricks learned by the dog to amuse the family. Shaking is a natural body movement of a dog. A dog that was bathed will run away from the owner to shake the water from its fur. Some breeds are known to have the tendency to shake. The Chihuahuas and Poodles are noted to have highly strung personalities. These dogs get scared, excited and get nervous easily. Some dogs are known to have high level of nervous energy. A dog that fears loud sounds would shake when it hears the sound of fireworks or when it is exposed to the sound of thunderstorms. A dog may also shake when it is extremely cold. The uncontrollable motion of the muscles is the body’s way of warming itself. It would be best to take the dog indoors or to provide the dog with warm jacket. In these instances, shaking is considered normal and would not harm the well being of the dog.

However, the shaking can be due to a medical condition. Severe shaking can be a symptom of an illness. Seizing dog for instance will shake uncontrollably. Arthritis, brain tumors, hypothyroidism, anemia, autoimmune diseases… these are only some of the medical conditions that will make a dog shake. Needless to say, immediate treatment will be necessary to help the ailing pet. The vet may prescribe muscle relaxant to stop the dog from shaking. As the shaking is a secondary symptom of an illness, a series of test will be necessary before the vet can diagnose the ailment of the dog.

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