Dog Behaviors & What They Mean: Trembling

by Naomi Millburn
Pay attention to any unusual shivering behaviors in your doggy.

Pay attention to any unusual shivering behaviors in your doggy.

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If you have a habit of noticing each and every new thing your dog does, surely trembling is on your radar. Trembling in a dog can be a sign of anything from excitement to a possible medical condition, so it's important to never, ever brush the motion off.

Nervousness

Not unlike in people, canine nervousness often manifests itself in physical ways. If your poor dog is full of anxiety for whatever reason, whether during a car ride to the veterinarian or a thunderstorm, she may start trembling. This often indicates that your pet is full of uncertainty and simply doesn't know what to do with herself. You may also observe other classic signs of anxiety along with the trembling—crouching down, excessive salivation, rapid panting and whimpering.

Enthusiasm

In some cases doggies tremble out of pure, unadulterated excitement. Maybe you were away from home on business for a long week and your dog just can't contain her happiness upon seeing you walk through the front door. If your dog shakes in this type of scenario, it's probably a good thing. She also may bark loudly, and perhaps even wet herself—uh oh. Well, it's the thought that counts.

Poisoning

When a pooch trembles, it may indicate the consumption of something poisonous. For example, tremors are a common sign of poisonous plant ingestion, such as of the common morning glory, black walnut, yew, castor bean or amaryllis. It can also be a sign that your pup accidentally got her paws on a type of "people" medicine, and then actually ate the stuff. Antidepressants are just one type of medication that can bring on dangerous results in dogs, from trembling and confusion to irritability and vomiting. If you have any reason to think that your dog's quivering is related to ingestion of a hazardous substance, get emergency veterinary attention for her.

Medical Conditions

Trembling is also frequently a symptom of various medical conditions in canines, including chronic renal failure, neurological disorders and canine distemper. Schedule a routine veterinary checkup for your doggy in order to determine whether or not her shivering is medically related.

Temperature

A shaking dog may also be cold, unsurprisingly. If you're outside with your dog in inclement weather and notice that she's trembling, it may be high time you brought her back into the warmth! If the poor cutie is shaking indoors, keep her away from windows and cold drafts. To be on the safe side, always consult a veterinarian regarding your dog's trembling, especially if it's excessive and persistent.

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About the Author

Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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