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Is Your Dog Shaking? 3 Health Issues That Could Be the Cause

Getting to the Bottom of Your Dog's Shakes

By Madeleine Burry. February 18, 2014 | See Comments

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If you have noticed your dog shaking, twitching, or trembling lately, you should take your pet to see the vet right away. Here are the three most common reasons that may be behind your dog's shaking.

Shaking, trembling, twitching -- if you’ve been observing these behaviors in your dog, take note, since while the causes of these symptoms are varied, all of them necessitate medical attention. Discover the three most likely reasons for dog shaking, and what steps you should take.

1. Ingesting Poison

Among other symptoms, such as vomiting or diarrhea, dogs who have ingested poisonous substances may shake and tremble as a result. There are many common household items that can be poisonous to dogs and cause an adverse reaction, including chocolate, poison for small rodents, medications intended for humans, kitchen or bathroom cleansers, and some plants. If your dog may have ingested poison, and is shaking, call your vet or animal poison control immediately for advice on how to treat the problem, and to determine if a visit to the vet’s office is necessary.

2. Canine Distemper

Like the flu, this virus-caused disease spreads easily through contact with blood, urine, and saliva. Shaking can be one symptom of canine distemper, along with other respiratory symptoms like sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose. Canine distemper is most common in dogs in kennels, due to the close quarters. This is one sickness that can be easily prevented: a canine distemper vaccine that wards off the disease is available, even for puppies.

3. White Dog Shaker Syndrome

While the causes of this syndrome are unknown, the main symptom is tremors and shakes. Generally most common in small dog breeds, note that despite the name, this syndrome can affect dogs of any fur color. Steroids can be used to treat white dog shaker syndrome, and with treatment and minor adjustments to your dog’s lifestyle, they can live a happy life with this disease.

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.

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