If your dog is shaking (tremor), there can be various reasons. Tremors are involuntary muscle contractions, often triggered by nervousness, stress, fear, cold, injury, or pain. Sometimes, however, tremors can be a symptom of a serious medical condition that requires treatment. In this article we present some possible causes of tremors in dogs and give tips on how you can help your four-legged friend.
Trembling from a herniated disc
A common cause of tremors in dogs is a herniated disc. A disc slips out of its normal position between the vertebrae and presses on the spinal cord and nerve roots. This can cause severe pain, paralysis and incontinence. A herniated disc can be caused by an accident, improper strain, genetic predisposition or old age. Symptoms can vary depending on the severity and location of the incident. However, tremors, weakness or numbness in the hind legs, a hunched back or an altered posture are typical. A herniated disc is an emergency and should be treated immediately.
Spondylosis and tremors often go together
Another possible cause of tremors in dogs is spondylosis. This is a degenerative disease of the spine in which bony changes form in the vertebral bodies. This can lead to a stiffening of the spine and irritation of the nerves. Spondylosis occurs mainly in older dogs and can be promoted by overuse, obesity or hereditary factors. Symptoms are often non-specific and may vary depending on the area affected. However, tremors, pain, stiffness or restricted movement are often observed. There is no cure for spondylosis, but with appropriate therapy, the progression of the disease can be slowed down and the dog’s quality of life improved.
Arthrosis can also trigger a tremor
Osteoarthritis is another degenerative disease of the joints that can cause tremors in dogs. This leads to a breakdown of the articular cartilage and inflammation of the joint. This causes pain and movement problems in the dog. Osteoarthritis can be caused by aging, obesity, malpositions, injuries or a nutrient deficiency. The symptoms are often insidious and are only noticed at an advanced stage. However, tremors, lameness, stiffness or reluctance to walk are typical. Osteoarthritis cannot be cured, but with appropriate therapy, the progression of the disease can be slowed down and the dog’s quality of life improved.
Declining nervous system with age
Finally, age can also play a role if the dog is shaking. With age, the dog loses muscle mass and body fat, but the nervous system also weakens. Age-related diseases such as cardiovascular problems or kidney failure can also lead to tremors. Dogs’ sensory perception and mental performance can also decline with age, which can lead to stress or confusion. In order to help the old dog, it should be offered a warm and cozy place, regular check-ups and a lot of love and attention are a matter of course.
The harmless variant of trembling is cold, which we also know from humans. In particular, dogs that are bred very small and have little body fat, such as the Chihuahua, have problems with cold weather. Nature did not intend fashion dogs, but a warm coat can help the little fur nose in winter.
Always at 180 – the terrier tremor
Have you ever seen a terrier tremble? This isn’t a sign of fear or cold, but a genetic condition called terrier tremors. It is caused by a malfunction in the nerves that control the muscles. This leads to involuntary muscle contractions that cause the tremors. Terrier tremors aren’t painful or life-threatening, but they can affect the dogs’ quality of life. There is no cure for this condition, but a good vitamin B complex can relieve symptoms.
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I wish you and your furry friend good health!
Yours, Vanessa from DOG FIT by PreThis®
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