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    How to stop my dog from shaking

    If a dog won’t stop shaking, it may be easy to assume that they are cold, particularly during the winter months. However, dogs actually tremble for many different reasons. The key to getting your dog to stop shaking is to identify the underlying cause and arrange for rectifying treatment. Here are five of the most common reasons for dogs to shake and what you can do to help.


    Underlying illness

    There are lots of different medical conditions that could potentially cause your pet to shake. Some of these are diseases like distemper, which is a highly contagious viral disease that can be transmitted through the air and through bodily fluids. Others include conditions such as Addison’s Disease, Generalised Tremor Syndrome, kidney failure and more. If there are no other obvious reasons why your dog might be shaking, it is essential that you seek an appointment with your veterinarian so tests can be performed to determine the cause of your dog’s symptoms.


    How to stop your dog from shaking from cold

    Of course, there is every chance that your dog’s shaking actually is occurring because they are cold. One of the best ways of identifying this is to check for additional symptoms that suggest that their body temperature is too low. These include:

    -         Paws, legs, nose or ears that are cold to the touch

    -         Tucked tail

    -         Hunched back or making their body as small as possible

    -         Hiding

    -         Moving slowly

    If you think canine pal is too cold, take steps to gently warm them using blankets and by placing them into a warm room in the house. There are things you can do to stop your pet from getting too cold too, such as investing in a jacket for them to wear when outside or giving them warm water to drink rather than cold.


    How to stop your dog shaking from stress

    Animals can be just as affected by stress and humans can and experiencing emotions such as stress or anxiety could cause your dog to experience episodes as shaking – such as when there are fireworks going off or they are traveling by car and feel nervous doing so. Avoiding any unnecessary scenario that could cause your pet to feel anxious or scared is recommended, although if this isn’t possible, taking steps to reassure them and keep them calm can help reduce or prevent shaking. There are also some medications that your vet may be able to prescribe which can help.


    How to stop your dog shaking when they have been poisoned

    A surprising number of dogs visit their veterinarian having been poisoned each year. Unsurprisingly, the best way to protect your dog from shaking due to poisoning is to keep all toxic substances well away from them. Unfortunately, there are lots of substances is that potentially harmful to our dogs, including but not limited to products that contain the artificial sweetener xylitol (think candy and chewing gum, grapes and raisins, fruit seeds/pips, chocolate, macadamia nuts, human medications, cleaning products, antifreeze, and even certain plants and flowers. Your vet will be able to give you comprehensive information about all possible toxic substances so that you can take steps to keep your dog safe. If your dog is shaking and you believe it is due to poisoning, stay calm and speak to our veterinary team immediately. Prompt treatment could ensure that your furbaby doesn’t suffer any long-term effects.



    Finally, there is every chance that your dog could be shaking because they are excited. Just like us, when dogs get excited adrenaline courses through their body and this can have a range of effects including shaking. If your dog doesn’t appear unwell and there are no other symptoms, and if the shaking is an isolated or rare episode, it could simply be happening because they are excited. However, if you have any concerns, you should still speak to your vet.