My Dog is Shivering or Trembling
Like humans, dogs shiver or tremble for a wide variety of reasons. They will most commonly do it when they are cold, hungry, anxious, or frightened. Some dogs will do it if their blood sugar is dangerously low or immediately prior to having a seizure. Some of these are fairly alarming reasons, so it is best to try to figure out the reason why.
What to Look For
Evaluate your dog's overall health first by mentally reviewing your dog's past few days, including his appetite, thirst, and bowel and bladder habits. Assess your dog's current environment for temperature, comfort, stress, and potential or perceived threats. Finally, perform an overall body evaluation like the one described in “My Dog Is Stiff” [not available online].
What to Do
Ask yourself the following questions to ascertain how to proceed:
Text © 2007 by Robert D. "Jake" Tedaldi, D.V.M.
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