Trembling in dogsTrembling (technical term: tremor) in dogs can have many causes. Probably the most common reasons are tension these include joy, excitement but also fear or shivering from the cold. There are also strong differences depending on the breed.
These and other reasons we show you here at a glance and explain + when the trip to the vet should be made.
1. Tension and physical exertion in dogs
If your doggo feels strong emotions, he sometimes expresses this in the form of trembling.
Thus, the inner tension is somewhat compensated, i.e. he balances it out a little bit and it comes to the tension reduction.
In principle, this is harmless, but in case of severe anxiety, a specialist should be consulted (see also point 2. "Anxiety")
Also after an unusually long walk, extensive raving and the dog sport some dogs tremble, if they rest afterwards. The muscles need sometimes simply still a while, until they can relax after the tension again.
The Relax Time Snack helps your doggo relax with the superpowers of nature. They promote a balanced mood. Can have a calming effect in stressful situations. And because they are so incredibly delicious, even the most nervous doggo can not resist them.
But be careful: if trembling occurs repeatedly after movement, it may also be that the quadruped is overloaded.
2. How to recognize anxious behavior in dogs?
Who does not know it, the bibbern and shivering from fear.
Constant fear means stress for the dog and its body, which in the long run can lead to further psychological or physical disorders.
The trembling itself is harmless in this case, but in case of generalized fear a dog trainer or behavior therapist should be consulted to help your four-legged darling and also to prevent further diseases.
Also the "trained fear" occurs with some dogs. The dog shows insecurity in a certain situation, which is then strengthened by the owner by strong comforting, pity or even pick up. In such an anxious situation, it is much better to keep calm and appear in a good mood and self-confident, because the quadruped orients itself to its owner.
Anxious four-legged friends often show other symptoms:
– ears flattened – growling noises – teeth bared – crouching posture – tail clamped between the legs
In very severe cases, supportive medication can be given, but only in consultation with the vet and dog trainer.
3. What is breed typical trembling in dogs?
The so-called "terrier tremor" is also known. The different types of terriers, especially the Jack-Russell and Parson-Russell terriers often show a recurring trembling, this sometimes even in the calm.
As actual hunting dogs, these dog breeds are under "continuous current", which can express itself in this trembling. Likewise there are from the side of the medicine various explanation attempts, whereby one does not know so far exactly, where it comes from.
With the terrier (and also with other dog breeds) there is also a genetic hereditary disease, the so-called "ataxia and myelopathy of the terriers" or also called "degenrative myelopathy" – this must be distinguished from a "harmless terrier tremor.
The dogs show disturbances in their coordination and their movement sequences, it concerns a disease beginning with the age and progressive.
Also, many very small dog breeds often tremble in certain situations, usually due to insecurity and / or cold.
4. My dog trembles in his sleep?
According to the motto "dogs are only human" our four-legged friends dream just like us. It can happen that they tremble all over the body and show muscle movements. The eyes go partly open and close and they give fiepende and yelping sounds of itself – this is everything completely harmless!
Don't wake up your dog, but let him run in his dream world over the meadow and let him find relaxation and recovery by the sleep phase.
5. Helps trembling against freezing?
The cold shivering serves to regulate the temperature of the body. The trembling causes the muscles to move, which in turn produces heat. A completely normal, even survival-important process. Generally freeze small. Little hairy dogs or. Dogs without a strong undercoat faster.
A common example of these breeds are the Chihuahua or the Rehpinscher.
If your four-legged friend often freezes and shivers in winter, it is advisable to buy a coat. Thus, you also prevent a "cold", which in dogs is the so-called "kennel cough".
6. Is it normal for older dogs to tremble?
Many pet owners observe with increasing age that their dog regularly trembles with the legs, especially with the hind legs.
To a certain extent, this can simply be explained by the age-related muscle deterioration and is part of senior life. In these cases it is sometimes worthwhile to feed the dog additional supplements or to adjust the entire feeding accordingly.
The best way to do this is to consult your veterinarian or a dog nutritionist.
In some dogs, however, a disease can also be the cause, especially osteoarthritis, a progressive joint disease in dogs, which can also develop in the spine (spondylosis). The arthrosis causes sometimes severe pain. Should be under veterinary control.
7. Neurological diseases in dogs
I. Epilepsy in dogs
Trembling or cramping? There is a difference.
Even if your dog is shaking badly all over its body, it is usually responsive. He can control his body. Keep eye contact with you.
This is in case of a seizure resp. epileptic seizure not possible. However, there are also seizures that do not affect the whole body (so-called focal seizures), for example, only an eyelid, the lip or part of the leg spasms.
Also in the case of a one-time seizure, which may even have passed, the veterinarian should be visited. It is not always epilepsy.
II. White dog shaker syndrome or white dog shaking syndrome
This is a hereditary disease. As the name says, it occurs only in white fur bearers. West Highland White Terrier, Poodle and Maltese are particularly affected. In this disease the dog trembles all over the body. Increasingly falls into disorientation. Particularly striking are rapid eye movements. This is a neurological disease that still raises many questions. In contrast to an epileptic seizure, the dog may experience by responding. distraction to be brought out of the tremors. Treatment with medication is possible, but not a cure.
III. Canine distemper
Canine distemper is a viral disease that can be accompanied by many different symptoms. Among other things, neurological symptoms can also occur, which include trembling.
There is a vaccine against canine distemper, which is part of the standard vaccination program.
Also strokes (rather rare), heat strokes (dog is left in the car when it is warm!), brain trauma or brain tumors can lead to tremors in various forms.
8. Other diseases in dogs
I. Renal insufficiency/acute kidney failure in dogs
However, strong trembling is usually not the only symptom here.
Other symptoms of acute renal failure include:
– Vomiting – diarrhea – apathy – loss of appetite – incoordination up to not being able to stand up – changed drinking behavior – increased or hardly urine output
Attention! If your dog suddenly urinates a lot or very little/no urine and looks "sick", you should take him to the vet as soon as possible.
II. Gastric torsion in dogs
The stomach turns around the longitudinal axis of the body. At the same time the dog trembles due to severe pain. Of shock (shock symptoms of the dog see point 10).
Symptoms (often in the evening and after eating) :
– Gagging – "vomiting" of whitish foam – a very distended abdomen (drum belly) – severe restlessness
This condition tends to occur more often in large breeds. It is a life threatening condition. A veterinarian must be consulted immediately and without delay.
9. trembling as an expression of pain
Any form of pain can cause trembling in your pet. In particular, severe pain in the back or abdomen often leads to trembling.
If your protege also suffers from diarrhea, vomiting, fever, weakness, apathy or altered posture in parallel with his trembling, the veterinarian should be visited.
Other signs of pain may include:
– shortness of breath – restlessness – apathy – yelping – increased salivation – prayer-like position in case of abdominal pain – aggressiveness
Generally, pain is something that is felt very subjectively (both in humans and animals).
Also, showing pain depends on your dog's personality. As the owner, you know your four-legged friend best and are most likely to sense when something is wrong with him and a trip to the vet should be made.
Constant or prolonged itching is also in some way a form of pain and should be clarified by a veterinarian.
10. Poisoning in dogs (intoxication)
Most dog owners are afraid that at some point in their life their dog will poison itself or be poisoned. Fortunately, in most cases this is not confirmed, but it is important to contact the veterinarian immediately in case of any suspicion.
Ideally, you should take the poison or bait with you to the practice so that the doctor can properly assess the situation.
Symptoms of poisoning can be
– Vomiting – diarrhea – increased salivation – abdominal pain (the dog hunches over or stretches out its front legs to relieve prere on the abdomen – the so-called "prayer-like" position) – fever or hypothermia – circulatory problems to the point of seizures – shortness of breath – restlessness – blood in the dog's feces, vomit, or pinpoint hemorrhages in the dog's oral mucosa
Poisonous wild plants, rat poison, poison bait, slug pellets but also food, which is intended for humans, can cause symptoms of poisoning in the four-legged friends.
Among the foods that your pet should not eat under any circumstances are grapes, chocolate, onions, sweeteners (xylitol!) and alcohol.
11. Vaccination / injections in dogs (injections)
Also, some pet owners report that their dog trembled for a while after a vaccination or injection. This is usually due to the dog's general perception of the vet visit as stressful, and the brief pain from the injection exacerbates this.
In very rare cases an allergic reaction is present.
In this case, the dog will show signs of shock, these include:
– the dog is hardly responsive or unconscious – strong trembling, staggering up to complete collapse (collapse) – lowered body temperature – shallow, rapid breathing – accelerated pulse – pale mucous membranes
Shock is a life-threatening condition, which should be immediately treated by a veterinarian.
12. Basically, in case of long-lasting. Repeated tremors the veterinarian should be visited.
Also if the dog shows a changed or strange behavior or there is a feeling that something might be wrong with him (you as the owner know your darling best and will perhaps notice changes in your dog faster than outsiders)
Overall, it is important and helpful to observe the quadruped closely: In which situations does the trembling occur? Does it last or is it temporary? Is your dog responsive?