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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Why Do Dogs Shake?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
Sep 3 ·

You might see your dog shaking their whole body, or maybe they’re shivering or trembling. Dogs shake for many reasons. Sometimes it’s nothing bad but other times, and an underlying problem can cause it. So, why do dogs shake? We have the answers right now.

why do dogs shake?

Reasons why your dog shakes

Your dog will shake if they get out of the pool or bathtub and want to dry off. Or maybe they’re just so excited that their tail is wagging, and their whole body ends up shaking. There are many positive reasons why your dog may shake, but there are some negative reasons as well.

Your dog may have a disease

There are a few diseases that may cause your dog to shake. For example, they could have Generalized Tremor Syndrome, Addison’s Disease, Kidney Disease (or Kidney Failure), or Epilepsy (or other seizure disorders).

All of these diseases warrant a trip to the vet if you believe your doggo is sick. Your vet will be able to help you figure out what’s wrong with your dog, if it can be treated, and what to do about it.

Do smaller dogs shake more than bigger dogs?

Smaller dogs are more prone to getting Generalized Tremor Syndrome, also known as Shaker Syndrome or Little White Shaker Syndrome. This is commonly found in small white dogs such as the Maltese, West Highland White Terrier, or the Toy Poodle.

However, the condition can affect dogs of any size or breed. It usually occurs early on in your pup’s life. You can mention the shakes and trembles to your vet, and it’s treatable. 

Your dog may be dreaming

Sometimes dogs shake in their sleep. This is nothing to be worried about. It simply means your pooch has a vivid dream. Whether it’s a pleasant dream or a nightmare is unknown. However, your dog is totally okay, and there’s nothing to worry about.

why do dogs shake?

Your dog may be cold

Some dogs are more prone to being cold than others. This is because every breed comes from a different part of the world and is built for different weather conditions. For example, a Saint Bernard has a thick coat that was built for cold weather. They have rescued dogs for lost explorers in the harsh cold weather.

On the other hand, plenty of other dog breeds don’t have much fur, so they get freezing in the winter months. In other words, they may shake more often if the heat is turned up.

Your dog may be scared

If your dog hears loud noises such as thunder or fireworks, it might get scared. If your pooch isn’t fond of giving the vet a visit, then they may have anxiety over their appointment. On the other hand, if your doggo is too scared, then they may shake and tremble.

Your dog might be getting older

Sometimes shaking in senior dogs is a sign that their joints are aching them. For example, if they have arthritis, they could be shaking because it’s difficult or painful for them to walk or stand. 

Your dog may have eaten something they weren’t supposed to

Unfortunately, your dog might get into something they weren’t supposed to. There is plenty of human food that dogs can eat, but there is also food that they can’t eat. Also, your pooch might get into something on their walk and eat it before you can catch them.

Should this happen, your dog may shake and tremble from an upset stomach. If this happens, then you should call your veterinarian right away. 

Your dog might need space

Whether your dog is a cuddler or not, they might not want to be cuddled all the time. So if your pick up your dog or start getting into the space or in their face, then your doggo might shake a little.

why do dogs shake?

Should you be concerned if your dog shakes?

In most cases, you don’t need to be concerned if your pooch is shaking. All you need to do is watch your doggo’s behavior and what’s going on around you. For example, if a thunderstorm is headed your way and your doggo is shaking, then they probably hear the storm coming before you do. But, on the other hand, if your poor dog is convulsing on the ground, then they might be having a seizure.

If you’re unsure why your dog is shaking, you should call your veterinarian. It may not be anything to worry about, but it never hurts to be safe than sorry. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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