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Causes of Shivering in Dogs
Toy breeds tend to shiver at times
Dogs may shiver for various reasons and it is important to find out the underlying cause of shivering in the first place. Shivering in some dogs can be caused by physical problems therefore professional medical advice is recommended. However, at times, it may also be a manifestation of psychological issues and stress.While large dogs can be seen shivering, this behavior is particularly common in small dogs.
Causes of Shivering in Dogs
• Arousal or Anticipation
Some dogs may shiver upon seeing other animals. It is not unusual to see a Border Collie shivering in anticipation upon seeing a group of sheep. Some dogs may also shiver upon seeing other dogs and wanting to go play with them. Some dogs shiver when aroused, in other words, when they are getting ready to do something like catch a ball or even, attack another dog.
It is not unusual to see dogs literally shiver when waiting at the vet;s office. They have a reason to do so: they sense fear in the office. Other dogs may leave anal gland secretions that are released when they are particularly fearful or stressed. Upon sensing these invisible messages left by other dogs they obviously become fearful as well. Add on top of this past unpleasant happenings such as shots or painful procedures and it is quite understandable. Dogs may also shiver from fear of loud noises, mad owners or presence of other dogs.
Hypoglycemia is composed by two words: 'hypo' meaning low and 'glycemia' meaning blood sugar. Toy breeds a such as Chihuahuas, Yorkshires, Maltese and Pomeranians often suffer from hypoglycemia that turns them shaky and weak. Toy breed dogs genetically have a low body mass that makes it hard for them to effectively store blood sugar. Toy breed puppies are the most affected but as they grow up the episodes may gradually diminish. However, some toy breeds may be prone to hypoglycemia episodes for the rest of their lives.
According to Best Pet Home Remedies, a website offering a goldmine of home remedies for pets, some pancake syrup, Karo syrup or honey may be helpful. Rubbed on the dog's gums, these sugary concoctions, can be able to help dogs recover from the shaking episode within 10-20 minutes. A small snack may be also helpful in such situations. However, in some cases, veterinary attention may be required, to provide injections of Dextrose and careful monitoring.
• White Shaker Syndrome
White Shaker syndrome is also a condition that owners of small dog breeds with a white coat should keep in mind. According toPetplace, this condition has yet to be understood. Affected dogs appear to shiver especially when very excited or stressed. The most common affected breeds are obviously those with white colored coats such as Maltese, West Highland white terriers, Poodles andBichon Frise. Several dogs appear to do better once they are put on steroid medications (Prednisone).
Of course, some dogs may shiver from cold. Mostly these are dogs with short coats not used to being in the cold. Some small dogs benefit from wearing a warm coat when going outside if it is particularly cold outside.
Shivering in dogs may also have various other causes. These episodes may be be caused by ingestion of toxins, seizure activity, upset stomach, nervous system disorders and many more. For this reason if your puppy or dog begins exhibiting shivering episodes, it is best to have your veterinarian start out by ruling out serious medical conditions.
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