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What is Scared and Shaking?

Dogs will have normal stress responses that are healthy. These can include startling briefly when a loud noise occurs or being weary when approached by a stranger. Normal stress responses that last only a short time are nothing for dog owners to be concerned about. When your dog exhibits signs of maladaptive stress responses this is when you should be concerned. Maladaptive stress responses are chronic and/or long-term anxiety or phobias to some form of stress such as loud noises or strangers. Maladaptive stress responses can cause physical illness and emotional distress for your dog.

If the onset of acting scared and shaking comes on quickly and your dog has never acted in this manner, you should do a thorough check of your dog to determine if something has simply scared them or if there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed by your veterinarian. Some things that can cause your dog to act scared and shake include:

  • Anxiety
  • Toxic poisoning
  • Pain
  • Joint or muscle problems
  • Neurological conditions 
  • Viruses

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Why Scared and Shaking Occurs in Dogs

There are so many reasons your dog could be acting scared and shaking. If this is normal behavior for your dog, you may want to consult a canine behaviorist or a professional dog trainer to learn how to boost your dog’s confidence and teach them how to deal with their anxiety and stress. 

Anxiety

If this is something that just started, you will need to do an assessment of your dog and their environment to determine if the cause is medical or if it is environmental. Strong storms, loud noises or strangers in the home can be environmental factors that can cause your dog to be anxious for a time. Do not feed into your dog’s anxiety, but do reassure them that all is well.

Toxic Poisoning

Dogs that are suffering from toxic poisoning may exhibit signs of being scared and shaking. Dogs cannot reason as to why they feel bad and therefore may seem scared when they are ill from a toxin to which they have been exposed. Common toxins that dogs get into include xylitol, chocolate and nicotine. 

Pain

Pain can also cause your dog to act scared and shake. Pain in their back, neck or abdomen can be especially scary for them as can pain that limits their mobility. Joint and muscle pain, such as degenerative joint disease or arthritis can cause your dog to shake and act as though they are fearful. Some dogs will lash out when they are in pain because they fear that they will be hurt more by those trying to help them. 

Neurological Conditions

Neurological conditions such as seizures, viruses or distemper can cause your dog to act scared and shake. Neurological conditions cause involuntary shaking and seizing which can be very scary for your dog and cause them to show fear and to shake uncontrollably. 

If you suspect your dog is suffering from a medical condition that is causing them to act scared and shake, you need to contact your veterinarian for an appointment.

What to do if your Dog is Scared and Shaking

You will need to decide if a trip to your veterinary clinic is needed. If you suspect that your dog is suffering from some medical condition, call your veterinarian and ask if they feel your dog should be seen immediately or if you should monitor the situation for a bit before bringing them into the clinic. 

Should your dog need medical attention, your veterinarian will do a full assessment to determine the cause. Correctly diagnosing the cause will be paramount in determining the appropriate treatment plan for your dog. Your veterinarian will want to conduct several different tests to rule out possible causes and to confirm their initial diagnosis. 

Medications and other therapies may be prescribed depending on the diagnosis. Always follow dosing instructions for any medications prescribed for your dog. Watch your dog closely for any side effects to the medications and report to your veterinarian if your dog suffers significant problems with their medications. Dogs suffering from arthritis or neurological disorders may require long-term treatment plans to manage their pain and other symptoms. 

Dogs that are suffering from anxiety or maladaptive stress responses may also be given natural or prescription remedies to help them overcome their anxiety. Dog behaviorists may be able to give you training tips and other guidelines to help your dog become less anxious and more able to handle the stresses that they are exposed to.

Prevention of Scared and Shaking

It can be stressful to dog owners to see their dog acting scared and shaking. Determining the cause of the behavior can sometimes be frustrating and futile without seeking the advice of your veterinarian. If the behavior comes on suddenly, you should stop and assess the situation starting with the environment. Ask yourself if anything has changed in the home to cause your dog to become fearful.

If there is no apparent environmental cause for your dog to become scared and shake, then you should do a hands-on assessment of your dog, watching for any signs that your dog is in pain or ill. Be sure to seek veterinary care for your dog if you suspect that the cause of their acting scared and shaking is medical related.

Cost of Scared and Shaking

Dog behaviorists and professional dog trainers can be employed to help your dog deal with their anxiety. Generally, a behaviorist or trainer will cost $50-$75 per session. Medical conditions such as pain management for arthritis can cost around $1600. Neurological disorders can generally be treated for $3000.

Scared and Shaking Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Rory
Maltese poodle
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shivering, nervous, suddenly timid
Shivering, nervous
Shivering,

Hello
I recently adopted a 9 y/o Maltese/poodle, he's been with us for over a month now. He is incredibly social, high energy and sweet. Yesterday I noticed on our normal walk he suddenly became very timid out of no where. He fell behind me, head and tail went down and almost refused to come walk in front. He didn't eat anything random during our walk, nothing strange happened, it was just our normal route. Later in the night we did have two friends over to which he greeted with enthusiasm and excitement and was being his normal playful self until I gave him a bacon treat (he gets one daily and typically loves them) but we suddenly noticed when he snapped it the noise scared him so badly he jumped and coward beneath me. It happened two more times that night when he continued to eat it, every time it snapped it was as if a firework went off. He has never been sensitive to such noises or displayed behavior like that. I do understand having strangers in the house may have played in but the behavior started while it was just he and I, and for the rest of the night he would randomly shake, as well as trying to be as close to me as possible including him laying on top of me which he doesn't do. I just can't tell if this is because he met new people or something I should worry about, his only other symptom is slight lethargy so far.
Thank you for your time,
Kelly

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say whether you should be concerned by this behaviour, it may be that something gave him a scare which you didn’t see and he was a little sensitive for the rest of the day. I would keep an eye on him and constantly reassure him that everything's alright; I’m not sure if your friends had anything to do with him being scared as he welcomed them with enthusiasm. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Could it be a bad tooth?

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Milo
Boxer
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

crying, shaking, hiding in kennel

My dog acts scared of my husband. He has never been abusive to her, but sometimes even without him touching/ being near her, she will cry and yipe. She goes to him when called, and licks him, but she shakes the entire time. I am not her first owner and I know she was previously abused. Could this behavior be caused by a traumatic event from her past?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm quite sure that her behavior could be caused by a series of events in her past. What she needs is patience, positive interactions with him, and it would probably help if he tries to speak quietly and gently to her. Many dogs react differently to men and women, as men just tend to be louder, and larger. With time, she will probably learn to trust him. I hope that all goes well for her.

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susie
Maltese Shih Tzu
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

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hi,
my dog is acting weird and not her normal self. she is acting weird, scared and sometimes trembling/shaking, she is breathing heavy as well and moves around when she lays down.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us today. Susie should be seen by her veterinarian. Possible causes for what she is doing could be anxiety, or pain, or heart or lung problems. Without being able to examine her, it isn't possible to say what might be causing her to act this way. Your veterinarian will be able to look at her, decide what might be happening, and get her treatment.

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Dakota
Dutch Shepherd
18 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Yelp When Lifted
scared
Whining

My dog showed signs of pain from her dew claw being broken last weekend, she let me touch and inspect it then, it didn’t seem to affect her ability to walk or play so I was just keeping an eye on it. 3 days later I came home from work at lunch and she seemed fine, when I got home that evening she didn’t greet me and I found her in my bed shaking terribly and couldn’t figure out why. We have another dog but they historically get along well. The only thing I can think would have happened is perhaps the mailman rang the doorbell and she ran down the stairs to bark at the bell. She’s been acting quite strange since then. It kind of seems on and off, in the AM she went outside as normal and was chasing and playing with me but this evening she yelped as I reached for her without even touching her. She seems uncomfortable and just not herself. I don’t know what to do, she’s eating all of her food and pooping like normal, she may be eating just a bit slower than usual. She acts scared when me or my husband approach her and yelps if we reach out, before this episode she’d snuggle with us everyday on the couch.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Dakota. That does sound like strange behavior for her, and it would be best to have her examined by her veterinarian, as it seems like something did happen, and something hurts. She can't tell you what or where, but your vet may be able to locate the source of the problem and make it better for her. I hope that she feels better soon.

Hope she survived the aspirin!

My vet is not in until Monday is the baby asprin ok.

Hi my dog is 4 years and 7 month. Mix lab female. Shivering and shaking. I rubed her tummy and she just laid there did not move. Gave her a baby bare asprin. Now she is lying down. Should I take her to the vet or I have to wait until Monday now.

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Tobis
Goldendoodle
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety
Shaking

Hi! Recently we moved to a new place that is different from what we used to live in. It has more windows/light exposure and our dog seem to have hard time adapting to new place. He was fine at first, but after recent thunderstorm, he became scared of almost everything. Today, we were in a balcony and he saw birds flying high above in a V formation, and he started shaking and run for the bathroom, no windows, which became his hiding place. I noticed change in behavior with other people and dogs as well, he used to be very social/friendly puppy, and now that he grew up a bit, he seems to be taking different approach to socializing. Please advice and thank you in advance!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It does sound like Tobis is a bit overwhelmed by things in his environment. Since you have just recently noticed this happening, I think it would be a good idea to work with a trainer as soon as possible, as this is a recent development and should be relatively easy to fix. If you don't know a good trainer, I am sure that your veterinarian can recommend one for you.

I have a Lhasa apso/Shih tzu mix who is 13 years young:) he has anxiety when he sees flies, thinks they’re wasps. It usually lasts an hour or less. Last night I woke up so to my bed shaking. He was sitting shaking terribly. They were no flies and it lasted for five hours but it wasn’t as bad as when it started. It seems like he’s loosing or almost lost his hearing. I’ve done test and he hears only super loud clapping nothing else. I felt all over his body and nothing seems to hurt. He hasn’t been the same. Looks worried and very little shaking once in a while. Still loves his walks but changes when we get home and his treats.. Doesn’t sleep with me any more? Is it his hearing that’s upsetting him? Or just anxiety because he’s old?
Thanks,
Brenda.

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Tiny
Maltese
5 Years 3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

body shaking
Shaking

Tiny panting every now and then, she don't like to be bother quietly lay a side.
Her body does shake a little and when I holding her I feel her temperature is not as warm as use to be. So far Tiny eats her snack and haven't see her drinking water yet. As now, she is still quietly taking a nap with a blanket on her .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Shaking may occur due to being cold, scared, excited or being in pain; the outside temperature of a dog may feel cold due to the hair making them feel cold when touched, the core temperature (rectal temperature) should be around 100-104°F (depending on the literature you read). Check her core temperature if you have a rectal thermometer, otherwise if the shaking continues visit your Veterinarian to check Tiny over to make sure there is nothing to be concerned about. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I think my dog saw a spirit and she's been scared ever since then. And I know because I camptured it on video. She's been shacking, and does not want to go to her bedroom. She fell asleep on our sofa behind my husband's head. And that is so not like her. Because she goes to her room to her bed when she's sleepy. I've told the spirits to leave her alone. But nothing. I feel really bad for my dog she's my baby Pepper.

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Canela
chihuahua mix
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling
Panting

My dog(who is a senior)suddenly decided she will randomly become afraid of nothing, she was fine a few days ago, and now for the past two days, she out of no where becomes scared and panicky. I know shaking is a common thing with Chihuahuas but this is not normal behavior for her. The only possibly traumatic thing I can think of that has recently happened is a bath she had two days ago. I don't know if somethings wrong or if its just a passing phase, but I don't like seeing her like this. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes this type of behaviour may occur for what seems no apparent reason but it would be something real to Canela, reassurance is key and making sure that she is comfortable; it is difficult with canine behaviour since we cannot ask what’s wrong but you can look for cues or triggers for behaviour. If you note some triggers or anything else you should remove them from the home if possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucie
Pit bull mix
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

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anxiety

I have a 6 year old small pit mix named Lucie. She has always been a little anxious or anxiously aggressive to people who are not my mother or I. We literally took her off of the street when she was about 6 weeks old; however, she is very attached to me. My mom texted me this morning, as my dogs live with her while I am in college, and said that now she is more anxious and aggressive than ever. She only wants to stay in the utility room, she growls when my step dad talks, she doesn't seem to even want to be around my mom. She dug a massive hole last night against the side of the house - whereas normally she would do it because there is a dog next door but this hole wasn't by the fence. My mom said she is tucking her tail and does not seem to want to spend any time with the family. She's always been a little weird around men - so has never really liked my step dad much; however, I wouldn't think she would suddenly become afraid of my mom. Does she just need to go on anti anxiety medication, or are there perhaps household products that could be causing this random influx of nervousness, and anxiety/aggression? Could this be separation anxiety, as I was at my mother's house just a few weeks ago?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Lucie's behavior seems like it has been going on since you found her, and socialization as puppies can affect behavior throughout life. Since you don't know what experiences she had before you found her, this may have been related. To help her become a more confident, happy dog and not a more anxious, unhappy dog, it would be a good idea to start working with a good trainer. They'll be able to help provide ways for you and your family to help her gain confidence, and she may benefit from anti-anxiety medication at the same time. It would be a good idea as well to have a good examination for her with your veterinarian to make sure that there isn't anything physically wrong with her that is causing her distress. Your veterinarian can discuss the anti-anxiety medications with you at that time, as there are many options available. I hope that things go well for her.

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Roscoe
Mixed
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Hey, my dog is a mixed breed and he's 8 years old (turning 9 in October). Now he's always been scared of rain and starts shaking, but recently he's been shaking and getting scared of nothing. Just suddenly his head would jerk up like he heard something, then would start shaking slightly. There's no loud noise or anything, he just starts slightly shaking. Other than that he's a silly and loving dog. My mom thinks he might have anxiety.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Remember that dogs have a better sense of hearing than humans and he may be anxious about noises he hears that you cannot. We have two training pages on noises which you should check out, but ideally when these episodes occur you should be offering comfort and reassurance to Roscoe so that he knows he is safe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/ignore-loud-noises https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-barking-at-noises

Ok, thank you

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trigger
Chihuahua
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hiding
Shaking

Why does my dog get scared when there is nothing there? tonight he went in my room and after a minute he came out and was really scared. after i saw him i went in there and didn't see any pee or poop, and he didn't chew anything up. so it wasn't guilt i knew for sure. i picked him up and brought him in there, during this time he was shaking. i was looking around and a few seconds later he jumps out of fear and tries to run out of my arms. after i didn't make him go back in and for the night he stayed beside me shaking. what happened?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These symptoms may be related to pain, neurological disorders, behavioural issues among other causes; I cannot say specifically what has caused this episode but you should reassure Trigger and try to look for anything which may cause fear or may trigger any type of reaction. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Murphy
Tibetan Terrier
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

My dog is 4-6 years old. He is a small tibetan terrier/jack russel/maltese mix (we are not sure, he is a rescue). He has recently begun shaking/increased heartrate only during the day and sometimes panting. He has also gotten more cuddly. He is completely fine at night before bed with normal breathing and in the mornings. He stays that way until after we bring him back inside and settle him. Once he is settled he shakes all day long until night/bedtime.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This does sound more behavioural than medical, if the shaking was due to pain or a similar cause we would expect to see the problem throughout the day; you should look to see if there is a trigger which may be causing this behaviour including anything or anyone new around the house. Without examining Murphy I cannot rule out all causes but you should visit your Veterinarian to rule out medical causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Solar
Jack Mix
One Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

shaking, panting, anxious

Hey there!

I have a one year old Jack Mix. I adopted him when he was about 5-6 months old. I have noticed that he becomes VERY scared at little noises that may occur (ceiling being turned on, dryer sound going off, etc). When this happens, he becomes very anxious, shakes really hard, panting, and will not stop for quite a while. These episodes can last for hours at times. The last three days this has happened to him at least once. The last two nights he has also woken us up around 2:30am panting and anxious and will not lay back down and go to sleep. I have definitely determined that this anxious behavior occurs from something scaring him, but I guess my main question is.... is this something we just deal with and let is pass each time? Or do I need to get him seen by a Vet?
Thank you!!
Very Concerned Dog Parent...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Phobias and anxieties in dogs tend to become worse with time, rather than better, as each time they are scared, it seems worse than the last time. Solar may benefit from anti-anxiety medication, either short term or long term, so that he learns that things aren't so scary. A visit to a veterinarian would be a good idea.

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Luna
Shiba-Chi
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shivering
isolation
Peeing & pooping

Ok so I have a Shiba Inu x Chihuahua mix and we got a mew dog this summer and he was fine. we juss recently took this dog to the shelter because she was too much to handle. after she left the Shiba started peeing and pooping all around the house as well as shivering and acting scared. we would beat him for going to the bathroom because he knows better. we also put the dogs in the backyard if we cant walk them at the moment and he refuses to go. i wouldnt say he’s scared to go outside because he still loves to go on walks. when he doesnt want to do something he pees on the floor and then tries to hide under my bed. this is where he is usually but now it seems like hes hiding and if you call him he wont answer im getting a little frustrated with him and i wanna see whats wrong before i do anything. hopefully you can resolve this issue.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly, don’t beat your dog as it doesn’t help and only makes them more scared of you which can lead to urinary accidents especially in your presence. Stress is a powerful emotion in some dogs and it may be that Luna is missing his companion leading to these episodes; positive reinforcement is required by showing disapproval (not beating) when urinating or defecating inside and showing praise when defecating in the correct place. There are no shortcuts, you need to put in the work. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I hope Luna's. Owner was reported. We cannot tolerate animal abuse. Please don't wait, no animal deserves to suffer or die from it.

I hope Luna's owner was reported, we cannot tolerate animal abuse. No animal deserves it, please do not wait

I’m speechless! You do not deserve to have anything alive around you! And trust me, you are lucky you are not in front of me!

Luna deserves a new home, poor dog sounds petrified

You shouldn’t even own a dog if you beat them, actually animal services should be called on you. Give the dog up so a LOVING family can have it.

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Bella
Rat Terrier
Eight Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking, panting, yelping, tired

Medication Used

none

My Bella, a rat terrier, 8 years old. Last night we had neighbors doing horribly loud fireworks going on for about 3 hours straight. Today she is still scared. Shaking, yelping when anyone gets close. She is usually such a cuddler. Is this an after effect or maybe something else? She can’t get comfortable trying to lay down.. can’t sleep and she is so tired.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This would most likely be the cause of Bella’s fear, it may take her some time to adjust and may be jumpy for a while. Reassurance and companionship during this time may help; however if there is no improvement you should see your Veterinarian in case there is something else going on since I cannot know for sure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bonnie
Mix
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

nervousness
Shivering
fear
Gasping

H. I HAVE female dog, she is 3 years old. In July 2017. she had panick attach one morning. The same behaviour repeated 2 week later but it was much shorter. In december od 2017. our problems came back. She starting to act like we have some ghoste in house. She starts shaking,pant..she become very becomes nervous. I have some videos of her that i will put link so you can see.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABt_VwDoSPA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsaVkz3pE4E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlbc8fJGpQs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbX4tDrW9_I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3d9dvCzIQA

We made biochemical tests and evrything is fine. Onyl parameter AMY
it's a bit low (her result is 321 and normlan amount is 400-1500), and parameters ALT it's a bit high (her result is 90 and normal amount is 0-88). We also looked at her thyroid gland and all hormons (FT4,T4,T3,TSH) are fine. Im really worried for her because is not so nice looking evryday at your scared dog. Some days are better, some worse. Can you please give me some advice.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Bonnie is having these attacks. Dogs can be very intuitive, and she may be aware of noises or atmospheric changes that you are not aware of. She may benefit from anti-anxiety medication, and your veterinarian can prescribe those for you if that seems appropriate. I hope that you are able to get some relief for her.

Play some calming music and leave a small lamp on during to night, and the radio when out during the day. Make her a safe place she can hide, a crate and cover with blankets so she can walk in and out if she wants space or feels unsettled

Can you give me some advice what other medical search we can look for? Do you really think nothing phyisical is wrong with her?

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Luna
Lab mix
6 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

fear
Shaking
Terror

Over the summer my lab mix started being afraid of everything and even nothing. She doesn’t even want to go outside at all. She gets frantic, shaking, shows the whites in her eyes and jumps up trying to climb in windows. We have claw marks on walls and doors, she has pulled the screen door off a number of times. She is truly terrified over what seems to be nothing. We have spent hours outside with her trying to figure it out and are unable to narrow it down. When you are outside with her she is glued to your side and shakes like a leaf. I try to hug and comfort. She lets me, but doesn’t calm down till I take her back in. Our trainer came out and said it didn’t seem like a training issue as she is terrified. We took her to the vet and they ran labs. Those came back normal. It really seems like she has gone totally crazy and I don’t know what to do. It seems like the only place she calms down is inside. But other times she goes outside and is fine for a short period of time....it’s really strange

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Luna may need anti-anxiety medication to help get her over whatever she is so afraid of. Whether she needs to be on them long term or short term will depend on how she responds. Your veterinarian can discuss this with you and prescribe medication for her. I hope that she is okay.

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Sheba
German Shepherd
10 Years
Mild condition
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My dog shaky and scare

My dog is suddenly shaky and scared, she goes from room to room anytime there is movement around her. If she is laying down and she hears you move towards her or enter the room near her, she jumps up and go to another room. She likes our presence in the room, but she is afraid of sudden movements. She is taking medicine for arthritis and this behavior didn’t start until after a week into taking the medicine. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You didn’t mention which medication was prescribed for the arthritis but behavioural changes from medications used for arthritis are uncommon; there are many causes for a dog to be scared and may be related to pain or something in her environment. You should return to your Veterinarian if you cannot find an external cause for the behaviour to determine if there is another cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sohie
Maltese
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid Pulse
Rapid breathing

Medication Used

Apoquel

I have a Maltese that has been having severe ear infections off and on for about 6 months or more. Now for the last 4 months off and on she seems very scare, tail down,rapid breathing,and during this time she will not eat or drink and wants you to hold her. Sometimes she trys to climb up on your shoulder. She will hide behind the tv or behind our bed. I have taking her to the Vet so many times and this time she is being treated for ear infection,allergy medicine for itching, and yesterday they put her on anxiety medicine and we are waiting for results on lab work. But she kept me up all night and I'm in tears because I don't know what to do for her. Please help me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Behavioural changes like this may be attributable to many different factors which may include pain, discomfort, disorientation among other factors; it is difficult to narrow in on a specific cause but it is important to try and get the ear infections under control (may be useful to have testing done or to consider surgery to open the ear canal). There is nothing I can recommend for you to manage the behaviour but the anxiety medication should only be considered in the short term as it is not a long term solution. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Taz
Chihuahua terrier
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

scared
Tail between leg
Jumpy
Shaking

My dog went outside to pee, and when he came inside he was dirty. He was full of weeds like he was rolling. He now doesn't want to be held or touched and wants to stay in his cage. When we touch him by his head he cries. My dog looks at me with fear like Iam going to hurt him. This is not like him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Taz I cannot say what the specific cause for this behaviour is; however, based on the dirt, being scared and hiding in his cage it is possible that he was attacked by a larger dog or another animal, snake etc... (depending where you live). You should try to coax him out to clean him up and examine him to look for signs of trauma (cuts etc…) and treat accordingly (bathe with dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment); any severe injury should be seen by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
Shiba Inu
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

scared
Shaking
anxious

Hello!

My dog, Nala, is a 3 year old Shiba Inu. She is very friendly to people and loves meeting everyone who comes to our house and when we are out of the house. Unlike the Shiba's repution, Nala is not scared of strangers. However, she is extremely afraid of our housekeeper, Lana. Lana has been working for us before we even got Nala so she isnt new to her. Whenever Nala senses Lana pull up in her car, she starts shaking and cowering into a corner. Lana has never harmed Nala and despite Nala's behavior towards her, she loves her. Nala lets her walk her and pet her but she is visibly very scared. I dont understand why or what scares her so much. Nala is scared of the vacuum, is it possible that she fears her since she uses the vacuum? She seems to be more scared and anxious when I or any members of the family are home at the same time Lana is there. When it is just Nala and Lana, she is not afraid. If anyone has any insight as to why this could be happening, it would be greatly appreciated!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Behavioural issues are never straight forward and it may be something as simple as Lana uses for vacuum cleaner or may be Lana accidentally and/or unintentionally (not implying anything here) hurt or upset Nala which has led to this behaviour; this may be something as simple as vacuuming up a kibble or accidentally standing on a paw, trivial things which mean nothing to us but a lot in the mind of a dog. Apart from getting help from a dog trainer, I cannot think of anything to suggest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bambi
Reindeer chihuhua
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

scared
Yelping
Pee
wining

I had taken my dogs out to eat in the back yard. Two of the dogs were fighting for the food and then i sepperate them. But then the dog starts attacking bambi and bambi falls to the ground with his neck facing to the side and his legs cramped. I picked him up right away and started hugging him. Now he doesnt want to be held and is scratching/holding his head every minute and crying. Pls help i dont know what to do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say whether Bambi is suffering from a traumatic injury or if the shock of the attack; if Bambi isn’t calming down you should visit your Veterinarian since I am unaware of the size of the two dogs and the extent of any possible injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

This is obvious and agree with Callum. As a responsible dog owner it’s obvious that something isn’t right. Take the dog to a vet!

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Chico
Mutt
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

scared
Shaking

My dog (mixed breed) Chico got out and was fine when he came back however a couple hours later was scared and shaking. It stopped later that evening and he was fine the next day however today he has begun to shake and act scared again. He won’t leave my room and if he does he stays very close to me with his tail between his legs. I put pressure around his body and his paws and he didn’t show any signs of discomfort or pain. Earlier I blamed it on the rain because he doesn’t like thunder, however, now it’s not raining and his symptoms persist.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to narrow in on a specific cause for a dog to be scared, things which are normal for us may strike fear into a dog; constant reassurance and observation for a trigger may help, but apart from that I cannot think of anything else which would help you at this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toby
Golden Retriever
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Scared of things

Toby has always been underweight and has never been a food motivated dog. I have taken him to several vets and tried almost every grain free/chicken free/ you name it free dog food. I have put him on a raw diet with supplements. Nothing has worked for him to put on weight. His weight issue is not completely my concern right now. Recently, Toby has been acting very scared and he will only follow me around the house, whereas before he was glued to the hip to my boyfriend. He also gets really yelpy, barky and snippy when our other dog tries to play with him, whereas before he could be body checked by her and he would want more play. We had a specialist look at him recently who ran some bloodwork- a thyroid and cortisol test and everything came back normal. Toby has also had several other tests in the past that have come back normal as well. The specialist I recently saw said he has a stage II heart murmur, but I don't know if this would cause his behavior to be this way.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to access Toby's health records and examine him, I have a hard time commenting on what might be going on with him. It seems unlikely that it is related to his heart condition, but there may be something going on with him that is making him more scared and anxious than normal. He might benefit from an anti-anxiety medication, and that may be something that you can discuss with your veterinarian.

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Zoey
English Springer Spaniel
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Screaming, scared, eyes dilate

My 6 month old english springer spaniel, Zoey, has very randomly been experiencing these freak outs. They always happen at night time, she could be laying on the couch and will wake up screaming and back peddling her legs and sometimes urinates. I thought she was just getting scared at first but then I was cleaning her ears like I do everyother night and got half way done and she started freaking out, her eyes went completely black and she bit me. I don't think I hurt her because she had been pushing her ear into my hand like it felt good and after she calmed down, she let me finish without difficulty. I'm just very concerned and not sure what to think, she is such a sweetheart and I'm really worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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To start, we shouldn’t discount rage syndrome if there are sudden episodes of aggression given the breed; however other causes may include fear of a particular noise, object, person or something else. It is important to look for a trigger for the behaviour, but in many cases a trigger cannot be found; if you read about rage syndrome and think it may be a fit you should discuss with your Veterinarian and a dog trainer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/rage-syndrome https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-being-fearful

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Taz
Poodle
24 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking, scared

My puppy Taz is two years old and a toy poodle. He has always been a happy, playful fellow. He has never been scared of any person or anything! He is with me all day long at work and then we go home. He gets plenty of attention and play time. Three weeks ago I took him to the vet because he was sick. The vet diagnosed him with a bug and treated him. Two weeks later he went back and all his tests were normal. He seemed back to his healthy, happy self. He is no stranger to the vet and he loves his vet very much. Then a few days later, all of a sudden he starts acting scared and shaking. He sticks his tail betweeen his legs and acts sad. He even acts afraid of me and looks around like something is going to get him. Please help. No one has hurt him. I haven’t changed anything in his environment. I am clueless to why this is happening.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is impossible for me to say what may have caused this behaviour in Taz; the usual causes are trauma, mistreatment, scared of something or someone new, being in pain among other causes. I cannot say what specifically is causing this behaviour; observe Taz as he goes around the home as he may avoid an area or an object due to being scared which may help you narrow down a cause, otherwise return to your Veterinarian for an examination in case he is in pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bo and Bella
Shih Tzu
11 & 7
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

We have a toxic mold and infestation of some bugs, some microscopic. We moved and it came with us. We feel something I have even caught stuff flying in the air on video. We can't see these, can my dogs? I can't find a vet that believes me. Our home flooded, it flooded our septic system and we have been in a true nightmare since and nobody believes us. Nobody will help. Is it possible, this day & time that we have microbes parasites that have taken over. That's what we feel like. I clean, I wipe walls, we bought air purifiers, dehumidifier and we still have stuff on us. Any idea? I know it sounds crazy but if someone doesn't acknowledged and investigate this & help us, we are afraid this will kill the dogs. We have been very I'll. I can't image how their little bodies can handle this. I have headaches, nose bleeds, allergies, nausea and vomiting as well as neurological, gastrointestinal and other issues now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to advise in cases like this, I would recommend discussing this with a pest control company as they may be able to set certain contact plates which will catch anything microscopic flying in the air and can then examine under a microscope; it is a long shot, but I do not know what else to suggest. It is possible that your two dogs are sensing something or they may be picking up on your distress. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chuy
French Bulldog
19 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking/shivering

Hey I have a French bulldog he is 19 months he is playful / very lazy yesterday mid evening out of no where he began to shiver then a few hours later shivered again this morning he was shivering and a while ago when I got hom and he saw me and he's sleeping at the moment I pulled out a laser to play with him to see what he would do and he was going crazy chasing it like he normally would I believe he suffers from anxiety do to the fact that he can not hear He normally greets me buying running to me and taking me a toy to play with this time he did not he just shivered/shaked i'm wondering if I should be concerned he was never shivered / shakes before thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Shivering may be caused by a few different issues which may include pain, feeling cold, stress or a neurological issue; ideally a visit to your Veterinarian should be made to rule out any medical issues of shivering or shaking. Bulldogs may be affected by idiopathic tremors which normally affect the head, they are not painful and we do not know why they occur; again other possible causes would need to be rule out first before making a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Evie
Cockapoo
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking, unable to stand, lethargy

My 5 and half month old cockapoo Evie suddenly started shaking one evening. This happened when we moved her crate and toys and her to the basement to make space for the cleaning ladies to clean. My kids were with Evie in the basement when she started shaking and threw up in between. She couldn't stand up and kept falling over. We took her to the ER and they did some blood work and kept her for observation and finally sent her home when she was fine. They said it could be a lever shunt or some neurological issue and did blood work and amonia test. Everytime was normal. This shaking happened for about 3 hours. Then a week later, Evie started shaking again, unable to stand or eat, was very scared of everything and I held her in my lap for a long time but she continued shaking so we took her to the vet who repeated the tests. Evie continued shaking and threw up and then finally stopped shaking and was perfectly normal the next morning. The vet called and said blood work is fine so it is mostly not liver shunt and we should consult a neurologist. They have never seen anything like that. We are very confused as to what could be going on. Already spent $1000 in these 2 visits with absolutely no direction as to what is going on. Appreciate your response and guidance. TIA.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If blood results are normal, the two main possibilities are a neurological issue or a behavioural issue (something is triggering this behaviour); it is unlikely that two Veterinarian and two different blood tests would have missed something, I would recommend visiting a Neurologist but before you do I would suggest noting behaviour and trying to look for any patterns in behaviour or any noises/people/places/objects which may trigger an event. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 4 year old wire haired terrier threw up last night and had what looked like a seizure. He has got a hold of pasta salad with onion and garlic in it. He seemed fine since he threw up but this evening he ran to me scared and started shaking uncontrollably. He was awake and aware but kept licking his lips and shaking. I just talked him threw it and he seems fine. What should I do?

Thank you very much for your advice. Can shaking due to behavioral issues last for few hours? I was also reading about Addison's disease and White shaker dog syndrome (Evie is white). Do you think it sounds like any of these?

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Sadie
Chihuahua
6 Days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

My mother’s chihuahua is 6 years old and has never exhibited the type of behavior she has recently- last night, she was walking upstairs and appeared to be spooked and started shaking and panting. She eventually calmed down but was out for a walk this morning and it happened again when she sniffed around some bushes.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that there may be something in the area that is scaring Sadie - dogs are very intuitive, and she may sense something in the area that you are not aware of. If the behavior does not resolve, it would be best to have a consultation with your veterinarian to see if she needs anti-anxiety therapy. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Otter and mimi
Rat Terrier
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shivering
barking

My boy dog lays down on his stomach when he sees a dog larger than him. He then starts to shake like he's freezing. Once the dog passed he gets up and starts barking and looks like he wants to attck. My girl dog whines then starts to bark wanting to attack.

If it was a larger dog further away my boy dog is ok but my girl dog will want to bark at the dog. My girl dog usually triggers my boy dog. I try to hold my girl dog next to me while kneeling but she still barks and wants to attack. She also whimpers after the larger dog is out of sight.

Girl (mixed German Shepard and Chihuahua) is about 3 and the boy (malamute and rat terrier) is about 4.5 yrs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This all comes down to training and socialisation, there is no quick fix or one fix for all; you should look into our training guides (link below) to look into different articles we have on training for a variety of different issues, in severe cases you may need to consult a Behaviourist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training

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Darcy
Australian Shepherd
16 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling, hiding

My deaf dog has recently started acting strangely. She is normally high energy and affectionate, but for the last two days she has been hiding in the bathroom and trembling on and off. She refuses to come out of the bathroom and we have to drag her outside so she doesn't have an accident in the house. She seems to drink when I put her bowl in the bathroom, and she eats chicken and treats.

She is afraid of smoke, and we recently cooked something a little smokey, so I understood why she seemed stressed out that night, and the next morning she seemed fine. She was eating and playing with our other dog, barking at the window, asking for pets. But I left the room, cooked a grilled cheese, and she went back to trembling and hiding, which has been this two day episode. She went to daycare today (her favorite thing) and only played for the first 40 minutes before she was hiding there as well.

There are no other symptoms, no vomiting, no diarrhoea, just the trembling and hiding.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If you're not able to pinpoint the reason for her fear, it might be a good idea to give her some anti-anxiety medication until she starts to act more like herself again. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her, determine whether she is having a physical reason for her behavior, and prescribe medications if they think they will help. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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