Why does my old dog shake?

asked 2017-04-25 15:49:09 -0500

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There can be many reasons for a dog to shake. Cold, scared, hunger, etc. Older dogs often develop arthritis which weakens joins which could be causing the shaking. If you are worried you can always take them to the vet to evaluate them.

Tessamarie S.'s profile image Tessamarie S.  ( 2017-05-18 19:52:51 -0500 ) edit

It could be anxiaty , fear , or the weather. If you want to help your baby overcome that I would suggest getting help from a professional trainer.

Vanessa V.'s profile image Vanessa V.  ( 2017-05-18 20:35:21 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2018-04-11 18:05:58 -0500

As a dog gets older, you may notice that they develops tremors in their legs. While a certain amount of age-induced shaking is to be expected, never simply assume that everything is proceeding normally. Shaking in senior dogs can also be a sign of pain, particularly joint pain and discomfort.

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answered 2017-05-18 17:22:52 -0500

Are you meaning shake as in scared? Or shake as in after a bath?

It could be a variety of things. Itches, scared of storms, anxiety could be some of the reasons. If it's anxiety, try a thunder jacket!

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answered 2017-05-19 08:13:00 -0500

Shaking can be caused by many things. It could be a nervous response or an issue with the body. If your dog suddenly starts to shake you should take him/her to the vet. Shaking can generally be harmless but it could also point to circulation problems or neurological issues.

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answered 2017-06-08 18:48:12 -0500

Is he just shaking his ears? Or is he trembling? Trembling could just mean that he is just a nervous dog. There could be a few different reasons he would be shaking his ears. 1. There is a foreign body lodged in his ear. 2. He has a lot of ear wax built up 3. Possible ear infection 4. Masses or polyps 5. Allergies Either way if the shaking continues you may want to take him to the vet just to make sure.

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answered 2017-06-08 22:51:04 -0500

Sometimes the shaking can be serious - it can be a pain reaction to something such as pancreatitis, so if it's not easily explainable (fear, temperature) , especially in an older dog, it's probably best to see the vet.

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