Boston Terrier Quivering
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What are the most common reasons a dog shivers or shakes? Is treatment necessary? And when should you talk to your vet?
Dogs shake and tremble for all kinds of reasons ranging from excitement to pain, old age, even nausea.
Shivering and trembling may be symptoms of something serious — like poisoning, kidney disease, or injury. So if your dog suddenly starts trembling or shivering, it’s important to take note of other symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, or limping. Then talk to your vet right away.
Nausea. Just like people, dogs can get nauseous from motion sickness, medication, eating too much, or eating the wrong thing, such as a toxic plant. They also can get nausea from kidney or liver disease as well as other diseases. Shaking is one sign that your dog is nauseous. Other signs include listlessness, lip smacking, swallowing or salivating more than usual, hiding, yawning, and vomiting.
Treatment for nausea depends on what’s causing it. Poisoning is one cause of nausea.
Old Age and Pain. As dogs get older, some develop tremors in their hind legs. Sometimes the tremors may be in the front legs as well. These tremors usually don’t affect how your dog moves or walks.
Poisoning. Several toxins or poisons can cause tremors or shaking in dogs. Some of these are harmless to people but toxic to your pet. For instance, items that can be poisonous for dogs include: chocolate; cigarettes, which can cause nicotine poisoning; and xylitol, the sugar substitute found in many chewing gums. Snail baits containing metaldehyde can also cause severe muscle tremors and convulsions.
Symptoms of poisoning can vary. They include tremors, weakness, disorientation, depression, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures. If you think your dog has swallowed anything potentially toxic, call your vet right away. Or call the Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Excitement. You really don’t have to do much to make a dog happy. Just your coming home at night is more than enough to make some dogs shake, bark, even urinate with excitement. While dogs often grow out of some of these traits, you can help your canine companion calm down by keeping your greetings calm, brief, and non-threatening.
If you have questions about your dog’s shivering or trembling — or about any canine health and wellness issue, talk to your vet. Your vet will be more than happy to help.
I have tried calming my Boston Terrier quivering when they seem nervous. Reassuring them, petting them, use a soothing voice. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Do you have any experiences with Boston Terrier quivering that you have solved?