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What is Shaker Syndrome?

Shaker syndrome occurs suddenly in young, primarily small, primarily white dogs with no preference to gender. Several breeds have a higher occurrence of shaker syndrome: the Bischon Frise, Maltese, West Highland White Terrier, Poodle and Samoyed. The onset of shaker syndrome is marked by a full-body tremors that can be mild or severe; however, despite the appearance, a dog affected with shaker syndrome is likely not in pain and does not affect your dog’s personality.

Shaker syndrome, or white shaker disease syndrome, is a stress-related disorder occurring most commonly in small white dogs that causes incoordination, rapid eye movements and full-body muscle tremors. Shaker syndrome is form of idiopathic cerebellitis, or an inflammation of the cerebellum, which is the portion of the brain that regulates voluntary muscle movements.

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Symptoms of Shaker Syndrome in Dogs

The symptom of shaker syndrome is the full-body tremor, often accompanied with random rapid eye movements. At the onset, severity of the tremors will increase for several days and then stabilize until your dog is treated. The tremors are intention tremors, which means they are worse when your dog becomes excited or is trying to execute a specific action, and they diminish or disappear when your dog is resting or relaxed.

At first, you may confuse the tremors with signs of hypothermia (low body temperature) or anxiety, particularly if you have a short-coated dog in winter, or a dog that has exhibited nervous shaking in the past. Additionally, tremors can also be a sign of other conditions of the nervous system, so it is important to identify tremors quickly and seek veterinary help as soon as possible.

Causes of Shaker Syndrome in Dogs

The exact cause of shaker syndrome is not yet known; however, it is often associated with a mild central nervous system inflammation called nonsuppurative encephalomyelitis. It is not known is the inflammation is the cause of shaker syndrome, or if there is an unknown underlying cause of both. Because of the higher occurrence in certain breeds, there is likelihood that shaker syndrome is congenital.

Diagnosis of Shaker Syndrome in Dogs

To aid the veterinarian in diagnosis, be sure to provide a thorough account of your dog’s health and behavioral history leading up to the onset of symptoms. The veterinarian will conduct a complete blood count, a biochemistry profile and a urinalysis and electrolyte panel. The results of these tests will be used to rule out other possible diagnosis. Additionally, the veterinarian will conduct a total physical examination.

A sample will be taken of your dog’s cerebrospinal fluid will be taken and sent to the laboratory for analysis of the nervous system and its function. The process of differential diagnosis will be used to rule out other possible causes, such as seizures, hypothermia, anxiety or fear.

Treatment of Shaker Syndrome in Dogs

In severe cases, your dog may be hospitalized for stabilization, but treatment can often occur on an outpatient basis. Most dogs will respond promptly to immunosuppressive levels of corticosteroids, which have proven effective at suppressing the inflammatory response.

Additionally, tremors can be ameliorated with Valium to diminish anxiety and relax muscles.

Recovery of Shaker Syndrome in Dogs

Most dogs recover within a week; while some dogs never recover. Corticosteroids will be gradually reduced until they are eliminated. Your dog may remain symptom-free, but if symptoms return, treatment will resume. Some days need to remain on corticosteroid treatment for long periods or the rest of their lives.

After diagnosis and initial treatment, you will need to schedule regular evaluations in order to monitor your dog’s recovery throughout the course of corticosteroid treatment. One reason for this is to monitor for adverse side affects, which include vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhea and ulcers.

Shaker Syndrome Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Lucy
Maltese
16 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

I have a 16 mo old female Maltese. She seems to have White Dog Shaker Syndrome...head jerks... total body shakes... a few times a day.... more when I pick her up. Otherwise she seems fine. Plays well, eats well, sleeps well. What natural inflammatory is good and what dosage for a 2.5 lb dog?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
502 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Lucy and being able to assess her neurologic function, I can't diagnose or recommend any medications for her. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to determine that that is what is going on, and if so, get any recommendations for possible treatments for her, if any are needed. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Toby
Maltese
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

Our year and a half old white Terrier/Maltese mix Toby was just diagnosed with Shaker Syndrome yesterday. He had an initial Steroid shot and Valium along with a prescription for both in pills prescribed. This was done at the Emergency clinic and we have not been to our Vet. He is responding well and does very good when not under any stimulus. My question is should I talk to the Dr. about CBD? I would also like your opinion on the oil for him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
502 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining him, I can't comment on what medications might be recommended for him, but I'm not sure that CBD oil would be helpful for his condition? Shaker syndrome doesn't tend to be a painful condition, and it isn't really a seizure condition either, so I'm not sure of the usefulness of the oil in his situation. If you want to talk with your veterinarian about it, they may have a different opinion than mine after they've been able to examine him. I hope that he does well.

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Trouper
Bischon
7 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Twiching

My dog starting having twichtes that seem to effect his upper body and head the most a week ago. Took him to the vet who did say he had an ear infection and was put on meds. She said that if the twichtes continuedo it could be "white shaker sysdrome". From what I have read about this sysdrome, I am not sure his issue fits the bill. I just want to know if maybe there could be another issue. He doesn't shake all the time. Seems worse when he is relaxing. He is getting around, ok. Not his normal level, but doesn't seem to be in pain. He has become a bit more attached to me and want to cuddle alot. I am unaware of any trama or him getting into anything. So, is shaker sysdrome the most likely possiblablity, or could there be something else?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
White shaker syndrome is a possibility, but other possible conditions need to be ruled out first which may include head trauma, poisoning, spinal disorders, tumours, infections, liver or kidney disease among other causes; once other causes have been ruled out, treatment can be started to look for a response to treatment. Discuss your concerns with your Veterinarian and they will be able to explain their diagnosis which may make you more comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
West highland terrier
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Trembling

Medication Used

Apoquel

I have a 3 year old westie. He is allergic and takes apoquel daily. About a year ago, during winter,we saw his head shaking not very severe but constant; he was aware and didint seem to have any pain or disconfort. It happened a few times within a couple if months and then it dessapered. Today, a year or more later, we've noticed tremmors again on his head, as per before he was totally aware, responsive and seemed painless. It tends to stop when I hold his head, but they can come back after. 3 weeks ago we gave him his yearly vaccines and did a blood test and everything was good. What could it be? Should I worry?
Thanks,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
Head tremors may occur for various reasons and many times the cause is unknown, you should have your Veterinarian examine Jack to look for any signs of injury or pathology especially in the neck and back. Sometimes a cause cannot be identified; but cervical vertebral instability is a common cause since shaker syndrome is a more general tremor. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Amber
Shihpoo
11 years 7 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My shihpoo is almost 12 and shakes constantly as if she's cold. No other symptoms with any other body parts. She is white in color. My vet has always called it small white shaker dog syndrome, but nothing has ever been done about it. She is 11 lbs. This worries me. However, she has never been sick. Please give me your opinion, as her age is my concern. I thought this was only in very young dogs. Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
White shaker syndrome generally presents with symptoms by two or three years of age although this may vary depending on the textbook. Other possible causes may be attributable to toxins, infections, head trauma, neck injuries among other issues; a complete examination along with blood tests and possibly muscle biopsy would be required to hone in on a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rey
Chihuahua
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

What do the tremors look like? Are they similar to trembling related to anxiety or more noticeable (i.e., full body movements)? My chihuahua has been trembling. At first it was just when I left, but now it has been when I am laying with him on the couch too. It helps if I cover him with the blanket, which leads me to believe he's just cold, but it's not that cold in my home!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
Trembling is usually similar to shaking (when cold) and usually affect the whole body; tremors are usually one part of the body and are more rhythmic. It may be just that Rey is cold since dogs have a warmer body temperature than humans, so what is comfortable for you may be a little cold for Rey; don’t forget we are getting closer to winter, I have frost on the floor outside in the mornings. If this is a concern, you should have Rey checked over by your Veterinarian just to rule out any possible medical condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Bonjour. Mon chiot tremble bcp il y'a un médicament possible

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Leia
Shiba Inu
15 months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

shaking trembling

I have a shiba inu who is a little over a year. A few months ago she had very bad trembling issue and seemed out of it and disoriented. I took her to the vet and they believed it was Addison's disease, however a Shiba inu breeder told me the breed isn't susceptible to that and they can test positive for it but it is really Pacific Rimism. However pacific rimism does not seem to correlate with the symptoms of shaking, it just explains the high level of potassium in her system. Is it possible that she could have shaker syndrome?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
Most Veterinarians in the western world will be unaware of pacific rimism and will naturally suspect Addison’s Disease if the symptoms and high potassium are indicative of such; trusted me, most of the time breeder’s advice can be a nightmare for Veterinarians because ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’ but in this instance I would return to your Veterinarian for an ACTH stimulation test. If Addison’s Disease is suspected, a ACTH stimulation test should be performed to rule out Addison’s Disease since dogs with pacific rimism will show a normal ACTH stimulation test. Shaker syndrome would need to be discussed with your Veterinarian once the ACTH stimulation test returns normal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?A=608

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Gwendolyn
Westie
14
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a 14 year old Westie that has sporadic whole body shakes that would more accurately be described as spasms or shudders. They last about 5 seconds, then she is fine and doesn't seem to have been in any pain This started about a year ago, and would occur a few times a day. They gradually have become more frequent and occurs multiple times every hour now. The severity of the spasms is sometimes such that when she is standing on a slippery wood floor, her legs give out and she falls. These spasms occur more frequently (although not exclusively) when she is active than when she is at rest. Because she is clearly not in pain, and because she is old and has a number of other health issues (inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, sick sinus syndrome, blindness due to cataracts), we have not pursued this any further than ruling out the obvious causes related to her other maladies. In researching whether she is suffering from Shaker Syndrome, I find no description of symptoms that reveal if the shaking is an on-going thing (although I realized it could ebb and flow), or whether it is possible to have Shaker Syndrome and go through just sporadic spasms like I described with my dog.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
Normally in cases of white shaker syndrome we would expect the condition to initially present itself within the first two to three years of life, most likely what Gwendolyn is suffering from is related to age, spinal disorder (especially if it occurs during periods of activity) or her other conditions like you have said. In order to make any diagnosis, other causes need to be ruled out which would involve a physical examination, x-rays and examination of cerebrospinal fluid. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angie
Dachshund
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

Hi, my dog was given sedatives 3 hours ago, along with painkiller and antibiotics shots and she is shaking now. Is it normal? Today we took her to the hospital to clean some of the wounds caused by traumatic fall. She had a diaphragmatic hernia surgery a week ago. Please advice.
Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
I can see that you have asked a question twice under two different topics. It depends on the severity of the shaking, some dogs may shake due to pain especially when a sedative is wearing off; if Angie isn’t conscious you should visit your Veterinarian immediately as you indicated in one post that she is still unconscious after five hours, in most parts of the world a dog isn’t released back to the owners until they are fully conscious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kassie
Pomchi
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling
Whole Body Shaking

Can any breed/mix of small dog develop Shaker Syndrome? Even if they're sable in color and turning 7 in October 2017? My girl Kassie will be 7, shes a "Pomchi" (Pomeranian/Chihuahua mutt) and has suddenly developed whole body shaking in the past 2-3 years. She seems conscious, and gets scared and tries to get to me. After shes done being stiff and shaking (2-3 minutes an episode max), she seems normal, and sometimes wants to nap. Then she's off being her usual self, running and playing, eating and drinking normally, urinating and defecating like usual. Her father was a Cream Pom, and her mother a white and black long haired Chi, if the coloring of the parents could affect this at all. She's a 1-2 pounds over "Pet weight", and by no means obese. She does have a allergy to the protein in flea saliva, and is taking Temaril P for it. She has these attacks few and far in between, and never more than 1 attack per episode. Last Friday was an exception, as she has one longer one (4-5 minutes) and a "mini" one shortly after. I do have a vet appointment, but I'd like to be able to do some research and ask him some questions during the visit.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
This condition normally presents in dogs younger than three years old; whilst Pomeranians are not specially mentioned in shaker syndrome, but they can be affected as can any white dog really. Other possible causes may be due to head trauma, brain tumours, chronic poisoning, neurological disorders among other causes. I cannot say whether the cause is due to shaker syndrome or something else, your Veterinarian will need to perform a thorough examination to rule out other causes before settling on shaker syndrome or similar condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dallas
West Highland White Terrier
2 Years+
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My son has a Westie that is approx. 2 yrs old (maybe 2 yr 3 months) and he had a Prednisone shot for the 1st time 3 wks ago (for bad allergies).... Approx 1 wk after the shot he started shaking really bad and also stopped eating and drinking. He has been to the vet twice and while the vet agrees that something is wrong; he don't know what it is. All his blood work came back fine. He has got where he will eat and drink just a little bit, but still shakes all over. It is obvious he doesn't feel well and he cannot jump and play like he has always done. The vet gave him medicine for shakes, but it has not improved and it has been 6 days. We thought to begin with, it was a reaction to the prednisone shot. He got a allergy shot and prednisone the same day. He has had the allergy shots before, but not the prednisone. Any advise would be appreciated. He is so pitiful and just seems to feel so bad. The shakes are really bad and constant.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
It is difficult to determine exactly what the cause of the shaking is, there are conditions like white shaker syndrome which Westies may be affected by and other conditions which may include trauma, medication side effects, poisoning etc… It is important to rule out all possible causes before settling on an idiopathic cause or medicine side effect. Once other causes (like brain injury) are ruled out, treatment with corticosteroids may help with the symptoms but you would need to discuss with your Veterinarian about any course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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cali
Maltese/shih tzu
2 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

hi my dog is almost 2 years old shes a mix maltese shih tzu... but almost 2weeks now that shes shaking so hard she cant even work properly... i went to the vet already they took a blood test and it turns normal ... but shes shaking...she wont even eat now... is she gonna stop the shaking or shes gonna shake forever? 😢

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
There are a few reasons why Cali may be shaking which may be due to brain injury, brain tumour, cervical injury or white shaker syndrome. If it is white shaker syndrome, which Maltese dogs are predisposed to, the cause is unknown but suspected of being autoimmune; treatment with corticosteroids or diazepam may show an improvement in symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.addl.purdue.edu/newsletters/2004/spring/tremors.htm www.embracepetinsurance.com/health/shaker-syndrome

thank you... but is shes gonna shake forever? or there is still possibility that shes gonna be okay?

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