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Papillon: stiff..Last evening he started shaking as if he were cold.

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I have a 9 year old Papillon who aside from being slower and a little stiff had been alright...until yesterday. Yesterday he hardly touched his food and didn't even have an interest in drinking. Last evening he started shaking as if he were cold. It would not be what I'd call a seizure because he was on a medication a few years ago that did cause seizures and what happened last night wasn't like that. After he hasn't been able to really put his head down(doesn't seem to have the sense to), he's very stiff and his back is a bit arched, and when I tried to help him get comfortable he bit me as if I was hurting him. Any idea what could be going on here?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

 It sounds like the shaking and discomfort might be caused by pain.  If you know that there was not any significant trauma, you can assume that it might be arthritic pain or something else that is causing this.


I suggest that you see the vet as soon as you can.  This might be a small problem that is fixable today and it might not be tomorrow.  At least, the vet can give him some type of anti-inflammatory to help with any pain he might be in.


Let me know if you still have questions.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: Why would this come on so sudden tho? The shaking started suddenly and when he was he was not responding to us at all. When he walks, gets up and down, etc he does not show signs of being in pain.

We are getting him to the vet today but I was wondering if I could get a better idea of what was going on before we go.
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

 Arthritic pain would not come on suddenly but it could be worse on certain days.  The weather and temperature are big factors in arthritic pain.


For the shaking, I suggest that you put a sweater on him or give him lots of blankets to to burrow in just in case he IS cold.


There could be any number of possible scenarios. I am sure that your vet can give you a better idea because he can actually evaluate the dog.


Based on my experience, shaking is usually caused by pain, being cold or being sick.


Let me know if you still have questions.

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