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Dr. Welton, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  Licensed small animal veterinarian since 2002, practice owner since 2004.
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What does it mean when your dog just starts shaking, then it

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What does it mean when your dog just starts shaking, then it goes away, and comes back an hour or half hour or 5 minutes later? This is very abnormal or our dog.
Submitted: 8 years ago via Maybeckvet.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Welton replied 8 years ago.
This could be general stress in dogs that are very sensitive, nervous dogs. This kind of shaking is therefore common in toy to small breed dogs, breeds thast tend to be generally speaking, more wound up and high strung. Of course, bigger dogs are not immune to this kind of stressm as evidenced by big nervous nelly's I occassionally see in my office.

However, some endocrine diseases can affect temperature regulation and lead to periodic shivering, namely Hyothyroidism or Cushings Disease. Here are articles I wrote on these diseases:

Consulsive or siezure disorders can also present early on as periodic intention tremors. Sizure disorders can be caused by epilepsy ot metabolic diseases. For more on siezures and possible causes, please see this article:

Feel free to peruse my articles at your convenience. If you feel that there are other sings consistent with any of these disease, then it would be best to not leave it to chance and have your dog evaluated by a vet and have bloodwork run.   

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