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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- What is the name of the medication she is on?
2- Is she getting a little slower getting up from the floor or going up stairs?
Friend, certainly shivering and shaking could be caused by anxiety. But, in an older dog with a history of the shivering becoming more evident during rainy days we also have to consider arthritis pain. The shaking/shivering could be a sign of pain. I would recommend you discuss with your family veterinarian about a trial with arthritis medication like Rimadyl. If the shivering goes away while on Rimadyl then it is likely that she is in pain and should continue long term on Rimadyl. The heart murmur is not a cause for the shivering. Finally, there is no home remedy that I can recommend, sorry.
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When dogs are experiencing pain or any type of stress they can seek hiding in odd places.
I would not recommend using aspirin, it may not be as effective in this case. Plus, she is an older dog so she may need to some testing before the use of non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost. You can buy Cosequin (glucosamine) over the counter in any pet store, give at label dose. The only problem is that cosequin may take a couple of weeks before seeing any benefits. Plus, it is not a pain killer. It helps arthritic patients by promoting the production of joint fluid.