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All of a sudden my dog shakes all over. He tries to stand ...

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All of a sudden my dog shakes all over. He tries to stand up from a sitting position but his legs seem to give out. He is also droiling a little but shaking is a lot. He ahs his tail tucked underneath his body. It lasts for about 5 min. this happen also about 1 month ago.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
Hi Bartenderly,

This sounds like it could be seizure activity. The fact that it passes relatively quickly would point toward this issue. Seizures can be caused by many different things. You can read about focal seizures here:

This page has links to lots of helpful information on seizures which you will want to read so you can discuss this behavior with your vet.

If possible, you will want to videotape one to show your vet. Since low blood sugar can cause seizures, keep in mind that a drop of pancake syrup will help with a low blood sugar situation.

I hope this information is helpful to you.
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Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Jane Lefler's Post: This has only happened once before. Where out of the blue he will shake like he is very cold and has trouble walking. He moves legs very funny tries to sit but is uncomfortable. he is totally consious but when I thought it was a cramp I called him over to me and he jumped off my bed and kind of knocked over onto my dresser. but still came over shaking and trembling. I massaged him thinking his legs were cramping up but it finally just went a way after 5 min. and now seems normal. What should I do? Since I don't have much money does taking him to a vet cost a lot of money? Is this a serious medical condition or is this somewhat normal to live with?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.

The vet will probably want to run bloodtests but if you have video that might help him make a diagnoses easier. If it is seizures, phenobarbital is frequently prescribed and contols them for the most part. If the seizures are from low blood sugar, feeding more often will help that problem. Since finances are an issue, the following organizations may be of help financially.
Help-A-Pet This group helps low income families with vet care.

IMOM   This organization help people with emergency medical care in some cases.

Care Credit Quick application and approval for care credit card. You can sometimes apply and get approval while you are at the vet office.

American Animal Hospital Association
Helps animals that have been abandoned or if the owner is having financial hardships

Angels 4 Animals
This organization offers financial aid or treatment to those pets and owners in need.

God's Creatures Ministry
Help pay Vet bills for those that need help

The Pet Fund
Helps provide emergency vet care to those in need.

United Animal Nations
They help rescuers, low income and homeless pay for vet care.

Some of the symptoms fit an anal gland issues, but with those, it should not just disappear after 5 minutes. You can read about them here: