As a dog owner, whenever we see our furry friend shaking we start to think that they are cold, even though this might be the case, it is not always because chilly weather aren’t the only thing that can cause your dog to shiver.
Dogs in general tend to shake for many different reasons but it is safe to say that sometimes their shivering can be a cry for help. So, if it’s a case where you notice your dog shaking, the first thing you’ll want to do is check to see what is causing the issue.
Base on studies, taking the time out to read your dog’s body language and taking their action into consideration usually helps to determine what is causing the shaking to occur. There’s nothing really to worry about, but it is always a good thing to contact your veterinarian if you’re really concerned about what’s happening.
In this article, we are going to explain everything you need to know behind your dog constantly shaking and what you should do to prevent it from happening again.
Why is My Schnoodle Shaking?
The good news is that dog shivering isn’t always an emergency. Here are some common reasons why your schnoodle might be shaking:
1. They Are Cold
One of the main culprit behind your schnoodle shaking is because they are cold. The thing is that this behavior is actually normal and there’s nothing to worry about in cases like these. The truth is that shivering in frigid environments in an involuntary response that is designed in a way to get the blood pumping in order to raise body temperature and prevent hypothermia. Dogs that are known to be smaller in size are more prone to experience shivering compared to larger size dogs due to their lack of body mass and insulation.
If somehow your dog doesn’t get along well with the cold temperature then the best thing you can do is limit their exposure as much as possible. What you can do at this point is to get your schnoodle a dog coat or jacket just to help them stay warm. Also, make sure that their beds are located at a corner in the house that’s known to be on the warmer side, and you should provide them with a warm blanket which will help at nights.
2. They Are Excited
Another reason for your dog shiver might be because they are in a happy mood or excited. Though we are not sure why the shivering happens at this point, but one theory is that it’s an outward manifestation of an intense emotion. During this time you don’t have to worry about your dog shivering because it will eventually stop as soon as they are calm down.
3. Seeking Attention
It’s best to keep in mind that schnoodle are smart animals and may notice that each time they shiver you rush to them to show that you’re concerned. At this point, they automatically knows that shivering will always grab your attention and even allow them to get a extra treat.
We highly recommend that you check to see if everything is good with them, once all is fine, we don’t think you shouldn’t always rush to assist your dog since that is what they dog want you to do right around the clock.
4. Stress, Anxiety and Fear
Whenever your dog is shaking some other reason behind this could be fear and anxiety. While this isn’t rule out to be harmful for your dog, stress is not good for your dog in the same it is not good for you.
In situations like these, you’ll probably need to reassure your furry friend that everything is going to be fine, while trying to find out what’s causing the issue. If it’s a case where your dog is prone to shake because of loud noise, then you should try helping them to stay calm by introducing therapeutic toys or masking the sound.
Another thing is that dog’s are considered to be perceptive and if somehow you are feeling stressed, or afraid, they are known to be good at mimicking your emotions. This is why you should try your best to be in the best mood at all times so they can mimic from that.
5. Pain or Illness
If your dog is constantly shaking throughout the day it might be a sign that they are experiencing some form of pain or sufdering from a certain illness. It is safe to say that shivering and muscle tremor could be a symptoms of serious health problems such as hypoglycemia, distemper, Addison’s disease and inflammatory brain disease.
If you don’t see any improvement throughout the day and your dog is still shivering or something just doesn’t seems right, then the best thing you can do at this point is to contact your veterinarian.
You should keep in mind that dogs can get sick from motion sickness, medication, eating too much or even even the wrong thing. Not only that, but they can also get sick from having kidney or liver disease and this might cause them to salivate more than usual, hide whenever they get the chance to, yawn right throughout the day and constantly vomiting.
Let’s first make it clear that normal shaking in dogs is much different than if they were to experience some form of seizures, with their muscles being seized up, losing mobility and unaware of their surroundings. The sad part about seizures is that a dog may shake, foam at the mouth, collapse or even bite their tongue. When they are experiencing seizures you will actually notice a difference in their body tremor.
Once you have taken the time out to assess your dog and you can come to term that their shaking doesn’t have anything to do with stress, excitement, old age or them just trying to seek attention, then you should probably contact your vet at this point. We all know our pup more than anyone, so at any point you think something is wrong, you should get it checked out.