A Shaken Dog!

Published January 26, 2015

A Shaken Dog!

If you’re reading this, you must be in a state of blown up panic with not the slightest idea of why your beloved pooch is quivering like a maniac. The truth is that it’s difficult to diagnose the reason behind your dog shaking without the help of a trained professional.

Dogs may shake for a number of reasons. But how do you know if it’s serious? A few reasons why your dog might be shivering include the following:

Generalized Tremor Syndrome(GTS)

GTS is also called steroid responsive tremor syndrome or white shaker dog syndrome. It was first seen in small white dogs, but affects dogs of all sizes. It usually pops up at nine months to 2 years of age. This disease can be treated with the help of corticosteroids like prednisone administered by a vet.


Dogs can get nauseous and throw up from motion sickness, medication, eating too much, kidney or liver disease, eating toxic things or as a side effect of a disease. Other symptoms include listlessness, lip smacking, swallowing or salivating more than usual, hiding, yawning, and vomiting.

Old Age and Pain

Senior dogs don’t have that old bounce they had as a puppy. Worn joints and muscles find carrying the dog’s weight more difficult. Tremors in the forelegs or the hind legs may develop as a result. Even though you’re pretty sure your old boy is shaking because of his age, go to the vet and make sure it is not because of other reasons like pain.


Some foods are extremely toxic to your dog, and ingesting them may lead to muscle tremors and convulsions. This indicates that what your dog scarfed down is very poisonous, so go to the vet immediately to remove whatever it is.


Sometimes dogs just get over excited. When this happens, it may shiver, jump uncontrollably, bark and in some cases urinate with excitement. Your dog reflects your personality. If you overexcite him, he will consider it okay to demonstrate this behavior. Be the calm, strong leader, your dog needs you to be.

Can My Dog Have Dairy?

The first food that any mammal depends upon for sustenance when it enters the big world is its mother’s milk. Dogs are no exception. However, the question arises whether an animal should depend on the milk of another belonging to a totally different subspecies. Well to say it simply, yes. It’s allowed, and it’s possible.

Milk products to an extent are healthy for you and your dog. Though you can have any flavor of milk you like, Fido should take a pass. Milk products that do not have any added flavoring or preservatives, are safe for your dog.

Lactose intolerant humans and dogs don’t really have the luxury of eating tasty  things like whipped cream or ice cream because they don’t have the proper enzymes, lactase to break it all down. Cheeses however have a much lower content of lactose and can be consumed, although with caution.

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