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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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why is my dog rocking back and forth with its tail between

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why is my dog rocking back and forth with its tail between its legs?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 6 years ago.

Hi Sir or Madam,



Are your dog's eyes moving back and forth?

Is your dog standing with its legs further apart then normal?

Is your dog swaying?

Is your dog walking on an angle and can't walk a straight line?

Is your dog holding its head at a tilt?

Is your dog trembling?

Is there any odor to the rear?

Any swelling around the rectum?

Is she spayed?

Is your dog nausea or eating less?


Customer: replied 6 years ago.

She is spayed ande she is trembling but answers to the other questions are no

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 6 years ago.



When you said she was rocking back and forth, I thought you meant swaying back and forth. Since she isn't swaying, can you explain what you mean by rocking back and forth?

Is she humping?

Is she eating and drinking normally?

Has she been eliminating normally?

What breed is she?


Sorry for all the questions, but I'm trying to figure out what you are seeing and the possible cause for it.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
she is not humping she is swaying she is eating and drinking normally and she is a french bulldog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 6 years ago.


Shaking or trembling could be due to hypoglycemia, liver shunt, or a neurologic response such as a seizure. Trembling can also be a sign of pain, stress and cold.


Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar and frequently causing trembling in small breeds. Feeding your dog smaller meals more frequently can help. If you suspect your dog is having low blood sugar you can put a drop of pancake syrup on your dog's tongue which should raise the level.


A liver shunt is usually a genetic condition. It is a condition where instead of the blood going through the liver and being cleansed, part of the blood is diverted around the liver resulting in a toxic buildup in the blood. You can read about these here:


Seizures can manifest as trembling and a dog may not lose conscienceness. You can read more about seizures here:


Swaying could also be a part of a neurological response or be related to disorientation or even an ear infection which is affecting the vestibular system and pain. Dogs with ear infections can have problems with balance, swaying, and pain. So this is a possibility.


French bulldogs are also prone to a few spinal issues such as disc issues and hemivertebra. In many cases hemivertebra is not a problem unless there is disc compression present and many dogs are diagnosed after being examined for another cause. You can read about it here:


Your breed is prone to disc issues. An intervertebral disc that has slipped or ruptured up into the spinal canal causes inflammation of the spinal cord, which in severe cases causes paralyses of the rear legs. It can cause pain, loss of coordination and trembling from pain and stress. You can read about this here:


If you feel this might be the cause, buffered aspirin can be given to a dog with a dosage of up to 5-10 mg per pound every 12 hours for pain. Keep in mind that a dog's body does not metabolize aspirin in the same way as a human and thus should not be given more than a day or two without contacting your Vet. Read side effects and precautions here.


If your dog shows no improvement, I'd have her seen by your vet.

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