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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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She has suddenly started shaking like a leaf and I don't

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She has suddenly started shaking like a leaf and I don't know why
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Her name is ***** ***** she's 4 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Inya?
Customer: no
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 month ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

Welcome to Just Answer. My name is Jane. I have been involved professionally with dogs in the healthcare and behavioral fields for over 20 years. I’ve worked as a Vet Assistant and Behaviorist and have extensive experience in dog reproduction, as a breeder, for even longer than that.. Canine behavioral issues and training are also my specialties. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

Shaking or trembling in toy breeds 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. Organ dysfunction can also lead to trembling.

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.

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/hypoglycemia-in-dogs/page1.aspx

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: http://www.malteseonly.com/shunt2.html

Seizures can manifest as trembling and a dog may not lose conscienceness. You can read more about seizures here: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_seizure_disorder.html

If you want to give me your dog's breed, reproductive status (spayed or not) and if she is having any additional symptoms perhaps I can narrow the possibilities a little.

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