Why is My Dog Shaking, Shivering, and Trembling?

There are many reasons why a dog may shake, mainly due to pain, cold or stress, but there are more conditions that can affect it. What should I do if my dog is shaking?

Why is My Dog Shaking, Shivering, and Trembling

well in this article we will explain what are the causes that can cause tremors in a dog and the possible solutions.

What happens to a dog when it shakes?

Shivering is an involuntary reaction of the body that can be due to a variety of causes, from external factors such as low temperatures to health problems such as epilepsy or intoxication.

Other psychological causes can also make a dog shake, such as fear, anxiety, stress or excessive agitation (like when he is very happy). Let's take a closer look at what happens to a dog when it shakes, depending on the origin of the shaking.

Is my dog shivering because he cold?

Dogs have a physiognomy very similar to that of humans. Therefore, when it is cold, their bodies involuntarily start to produce muscle contractions to warm up, which causes them to shiver. Just as we do when we are cold, our dogs shiver to keep warm.

The movement of the muscles during shivering produces heat which our dog takes advantage of to reduce the sensation of cold. We must not forget that dogs have a higher body temperature than humans and that, although they are covered with hair, they sometimes also suffer from the cold.

Sometimes the shaking occurs when the dog is wet, which is normal because the fur coat that protects the dog from the cold is wet and the body begins to generate heat through these muscle tremors.

In short, it is perfectly normal for a dog to shiver when it is cold. To prevent your dog from shivering, simply take him to a warm place and avoid getting him wet or in drafts.

Dogs may also shake due to stress or fear

Another common cause of shaking in dogs is fear and/or stress. This is a behavioral and psychological problem that causes shaking. For example, at Christmas with firecrackers, since their senses are more developed than ours, they hear and feel the sound multiplied. It is therefore common to observe this type of reaction at this time.

As it also happens in any situation that produces stress in our pet, for example when we leave the house. Nervousness is also one of the main reasons why a dog can start shaking. For example, when we have spent some time without seeing our dog and he is very excited to see us.

Preventing this type of trembling is simple when it comes to excitement, we just need to practice relaxation techniques with our dog and in a short time we will see how the shaking decreases. However, fear tremors are very difficult to eliminate, although we can help our dog by going to an ethologist.

To stop a dog from shaking with fear, you must also use relaxation techniques, not force him to come out of his hiding place, not look him straight in the eyes so as not to intimidate him, talk to him gently and be very calm, without being aggressive.

Shaking can be a sign of pain

On the other hand, there are pathologies that produce pain and therefore possible shivering. For example, osteoarthritis or muscular pain due to trauma, which produce shaking in our dog or in certain parts like a limb. This type of tremors can only be eliminated by solving the problem, that is, with a medication adapted to the pathology, thus avoiding pain.

Other more serious diseases can also produce muscle spasms or tremors. For example: parvovirus, epilepsy or even the ingestion of a poison that produces poisoning in our dog. When it comes to poison, the dog may not only shake, but may vomit, pant, feel depressed or behave strangely.

If we have the slightest suspicion that our dog may have pain, pathology or even that he has been poisoned, we must go to the veterinarian. There is no home remedy that can cure this type of tremor, it is necessary to treat the original problem so that it disappears.

Other causes of a dog shaking

Dogs can shake while they sleep. This type of shaking is quite normal, most of the time it is because our dog is dreaming about a situation that makes him excited or nervous. It is also very common that while dreaming they pant, growl or even bark.

The cold can be another reason why our dog shivers while sleeping, which we will know if the ambient temperature is very low. This could happen more often before, when it was more normal that they sleep in the garden, or in more rural areas where this is still done. In this case, we can cover him with a blanket.

Regardless of the reasons already mentioned, it is possible that our dog has a drop in blood sugar that would cause these shakes. This is something that happens mainly in active puppies and is solved by providing food to our dog or honey for a faster rise (better in these cases).

My puppy is shaking, what should I do?

When it comes to a puppy, we must take many precautions because his immune system is not yet fully developed and is weaker. Any problem or illness can be much more serious for him than for an adult dog.

If our puppy is shivering, we need to make sure that he is not cold, that he has eaten well and that his mood is correct. Puppies, as mentioned earlier, can have glucose crashes if they are not fed every 4-5 hours. By feeding them honey, a glucose spike is obtained.

We are not going to explain tips or methodologies, if our puppy is shaking and we don't know the reason, the best thing to do is to go to a veterinarian or if we trust him, to call him on the phone and explain the problem.

Puppies are so delicate that we recommend that you consult a specialist, if only to rule out other problems of viral origin, as the consequences can be fatal.

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