Dogs shake for a variety of reasons. Some are harmless, while others may mean your dog is sick or in pain. Knowing the cause can help you determine what to do next.
Why does my dog shake? Let’s investigate.
There are numerous reasons why a dog might shake, including fear, anxiety, excitement, or cold. If your dog is shaking for no apparent reason, it’s important to take him to the vet to rule out any possible health problems.
When dogs shake, their muscles tighten and then relax rapidly. This can happen if a dog is nervous or frightened. It usually means that the dog wants to be left alone and doesn’t want anything to do with the person or thing that’s making him shake.
Dogs might also shake as a way to cool down. This is especially common in hot weather when a dog might shake off excess water to lower his body temperature.
Dogs often shake when they’re scared or anxious. This might be due to loud noise, conflict with other animals or people, or even a visit to the vet. If your dog shakes during thunderstorms, take him outside when you first hear thunder to give him time to calm down before the storm hits. You should also keep your dog’s exposure to loud noises–from fireworks on the Fourth of July to leaf blowers–to a minimum.
If you see your dog experiencing extreme shivering and anxiety in such situations, he might need an anti-anxiety medicine to calm him down. Your vet can help you evaluate your treatment options.
Shaking can also be a sign that your dog is excited or in an uncomfortable situation. If you take your dog on too many walks and tire him out, he might shake when it’s time for the next walk because he’s anticipating the come-down from the high energy level. If your dog has separation anxiety, he might shake when you leave because of the high-stress level.
Some dogs like to be rubbed or petted under the chin area. If your dog shakes every time you touch this area, it’s probably due to an involuntary reaction. The reason for this may be because your dog is cold (which is why they are shaking), or they simply don’t enjoy being petted there.
Dogs also shake when they are cold. Because a dogs’ body is warmer than a person’s, just touching your dog will not accurately tell you whether they are cold or not. During the winter months, be careful about leaving your dog outside alone. If your dog is shivering and you can see their teeth chatter, it means they are cold. You can help them warm up by putting a coat on them or taking them for a walk.
A dog’s shaking might indicate they are in pain. This can be a sign of various health problems, such as a fever, parasites, joint pain, or even cancer. If your dog is shaking and you can’t determine the cause, take him to the vet for a check-up.
Shaking can also be a sign of a neurological problem. Dogs that are unsteady on their feet or have trouble walking may be suffering from a problem with their nervous system. This could be a sign of something as serious as a tumor on the brain, so if your dog is shaking and has any other abnormal symptoms, take them to the vet right away.
Another common reason for shaking is when a dog is experiencing a seizure. This is a serious condition and requires immediate veterinary care. In some cases, a dog’s shaking might be caused by an underlying medical condition such as liver disease, low blood sugar, or even rabies. Dogs can develop shivering as a result of many different factors, including heatstroke, hypoglycemia, and other medical conditions. Seizures are also very common in dogs and can be caused by many things, such as head trauma, brain tumors, and epilepsy.
A dog’s shaking might also indicate an ear infection, especially if it is accompanied by scratching or pawing at its ears. This can be the result of something as innocent as excessive hair in the ear canal or changes in air pressure. Excessive moisture or wax buildup in your dog’s ears can cause inflammation and infection if not treated.
Vestibular disease is common in dogs. The vestibular system is responsible for maintaining balance, and when it doesn’t work properly the result can be a wobbly walk or uncontrollable shaking of the head. However, since dogs have very thick hair around their ears, sometimes shaking is mistaken for ear infections.
This misconception is a problem with the vestibular system, which controls balance. Your dog will start to sway and might become dizzy or even nauseous, leading them to shake as they attempt to regain their equilibrium. This can occur if your dog gets an ear infection or has an issue with its inner ear. Luckily it’s not a serious condition and most dogs get better after a few days.
When dogs shake their heads, it means they’re trying to get rid of something in their ears. However, if they continue to shake their heads, it could mean that there’s something stuck in their ear and it needs attention. Some of the conditions listed above, such as ear infections or allergies, can cause severe pain and discomfort. Prolonged head shaking can lead to blood vessel ruptures in the ear flap, causing an aural hematoma.
If your dog shakes for no reason, it might be a serious underlying medical problem. Some dog breeds may have a predisposition to shaking. Shaking can be considered an emergency if your dog shakes excessively, causes injury, or is unable to stand up. If your dog is shaking and has checked symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, or difficulty walking, take them to the veterinarian immediately.
Now that you know some of the reasons your dog might be shaking, it’s important to remember that shaking isn’t normal or healthy for your dog. If you notice them shaking, make sure to take them to the veterinarian right away so they can determine what’s causing it and get them on the road to recovery.