Click here to learn more.
There are few things sadder than the sight of a trembling dog. It’s a common occurrence in the veterinary waiting room, grooming parlors, and even dog parks. Wherever stress happens, shaking and trembling do, too.
But that doesn’t mean it’s the only reason for this physiological reaction. Though stress or anxiety are certainly common reasons for shaking in dogs, there are other causes worth noting.
Muscle weakness is a biggie. Dogs who exhibit localized shaking of the rear legs may be experiencing muscle weakness, especially if it resolves when the dog has had a chance to rest. If you’ve ever exercised so much your legs shook, then you know what this feels like. However, stress-related shaking may be confined to just the rear legs.
Pain is another common cause of shaking. Any type of pain, including back pain or abdominal pain, can cause shaking.
Other causes are cold (obviously) and drug reactions (particularly during recovery from anesthesia).
If your dog shakes and it’s not apparent to you why, take him to a veterinarian.
This article was written by a Veterinarian.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
In his funny new video, Dr. Andy Roark
shares the ways you should not choose
your pet's health care provider.
Learn about the physical developments,
mental changes and training tips that are
important for your “teenage” canine.
We chat with a koi show expert about
what makes this big, brilliantly-colored
ornamental carp so fascinating.
Most dogs get blastomycosis by inhaling
fungal spores. The organism thrives near
lakes, swamps and river banks.
Believed to have originated in Egypt around 329 B.C., the elegant Saluki is a calm and quiet companion.