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What is Vomiting and Shaking?

A dog that is vomiting and shaking together may present clues to a set of problems that are different from vomiting or shaking alone. It can be somewhat common for dogs to vomit bile occasionally, and they may vomit their food if they eat too fast or too much. It is also normal for a cold dog to shiver; no underlying illness is indicated. However, if a dog simultaneously vomits and shakes (or shivers), you may be facing a more serious problem with a deeper cause, that will take some focused attention, and possible medical intervention, to resolve.

  • Emotional upset
  • Glucose imbalance
  • Poisoning
  • Metaobolic disease

Vomiting and shaking together are indicative of an overall imbalance in your dog’s physical condition. If the cause is anxiety, fear, or excitement, the vomiting and shaking should subside within 30 to 60 minutes of the stimulus being removed. Glucose imbalance may or may not be a sign of a much more serious condition. Poisoning and metabolic disease are very serious health disorders. Without immediate medical intervention, each can prove fatal to your dog.

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Why Vomiting and Shaking Occurs in Dogs

Your dog may simultaneously vomit and shake from either an emotional or a physical disorder. Emotional disturbances are typically of shorter duration than physically triggered vomiting and shaking.

Emotional Disturbance

Smaller dog breeds and puppies are most likely to respond to anxiety, fear, or excitement by vomiting and shaking. For example, a toy poodle who is sensitive to the sounds of fireworks, skateboards, and other loud noises might respond by vomiting and shaking. 

Diabetes

Glucose imbalance can cause your dog to vomit and shake. When this occurs because the dog has gone too long without eating, the problem may be solved by adhering to a more regular feeding schedule. However, vomiting and shaking may also be a sign of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a very dangerous complication from diabetes. Diabetes is more likely to occur in female dogs who are middle-aged and overweight, and especially in Schnauzers, Dachshunds, and Poodles.

Poisoning

There are many substances your dog may encounter in his normal everyday life that are fine for you to ingest but poisonous for your dog. Chocolate, grapes, and raisins are common examples. Rat poison and snail bait are poisonous for anyone, and your dog may also ingest things you might not consider, such as poinsettia plants at the holiday season, petroleum products, or antifreeze that has leaked from a car. 

Metabolic Disease

Diseases of the organs can be acute or chronic. Acute organ disease might come on suddenly, but may be treatable.  Older dogs can develop more chronic forms of organ disease, and some signs can be managed. 

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What to do if your Dog is Vomiting and Shaking

If your dog is vomiting and shaking because of an emotional upset, he will need some time to calm down. Watch your dog carefully to see if his symptoms subside, continue, or even worsen. Check his gums by pressing them gently with your finger. Unless there is a problem of physical origin, their normal pink color should return within two seconds. If any other symptoms are present, such as an unusual noise while the dog is breathing, changes in the dog’s pulse, or loss of consciousness, there is probably something else wrong. If the vomiting and shaking do not subside within about half an hour, or if it is accompanied by other symptoms that are out of the ordinary, your dog should immediately be examined by a veterinarian. 

Diabetes is diagnosed through blood tests and urinalysis. If your dog is found to be diabetic, your veterinarian will discuss treatment and prescribe a home care routine, which will include daily insulin injections, regular blood glucose readings, a specific diet, and regular exercise.

If poisoning is suspected, your veterinarian may try to clear the dog’s stomach, depending on the timing. Poison control may be consulted to get a more accurate treatment plan for a specific toxin.  

 Lab testing will likely be needed to determine metabolic disease, whether acute or chronic. Your dog will likely be hospitalized to receive fluid therapy and medications, and your veteirnarian will be able to advise on what to expect.  

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Prevention of Vomiting and Shaking

If you know that your dog responds to excitement, anxiety, or fear with vomiting and shaking, take care to minimize its exposure to situations that trigger these emotions. 

Diabetes is less likely to develop if you keep your dog at a healthy weight. Do not let him get obese. Keep all toxins and poisons safely stored and away from your dog so that he is not poisoned. 

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Cost of Vomiting and Shaking

The cost of treating vomiting and shaking depends on the cause. Your dog may be prescribed a drug for anxiety, but working to keep your dog calm has no cost. The cost of treating diabetes can range from $500 to $3000. Treatment of poisoning varies between a $150 to $1500.  

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Written by a lover hannah hollinger

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Published: 06/19/2017, edited: 02/26/2021

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I'm sorry she is so unwell. Vomiting can have many causes including toxin ingestion, an obstruction, parasites, an infection etc. Puppies need to eat 3 to 4 times a day or are at risk of hypoglycaemia and dehydration. It sounds as though she is very unwell indeed so should go to a vet right away.

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My puppy is just 3 weeks old and doesn’t seem to want to latch on to the moms nipples, he just threw up & was shaking uncontrollably like if he was having a seizure

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This is very abnormal and the pup could have a congenital issue or low blood sugar from a failure to feed. They need to be seen by a vet immediately and may need bottle feeding going forward.

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I'm sorry to hear this. Vomiting can have many causes. Shaking can occur due to nausea, pain, stress, toxicity etc. I would want to know if she has eaten something she shouldn't or had a change in diet? The risk with excessive vomiting is that she may be come dehydrated or develop low blood sugar or abnormal salt levels. She should be checked over and may well benefit from medicine such as an anti-nausea injection.

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Thank you for your question. It sounds like she may have gotten into a toxin of some type, I think it would be best to take her to the ER right away, as they will be able to evaluate her and see what might be going on. Once they know more, they will be able to let you know what treatment she needs.

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Thank you for your question, I'm sorry that your puppy is not feeling well. Puppies are very prone to parasites and intestinal infections like Parvo virus. If your puppy threw up three times today and is still shaking and not feeling better, there are not really any home remedies, and it would probably be best to have your puppy seen as soon as possible by a veterinarian. They will be able to examine your puppy and see what's going on, and let you know any treatments that might be needed.

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I have a border collie that is 2 years old. She started vomiting 2 nights ago. on the first night she was puking up food and yellow bile. last night it was just yellow bile. she has started to have a tremor in her head. it is not constant. but it comes on and off from time to time. just the head, shaking left to right. her ears look clean. no discoloration in her eyes. her poop and pee is normal with no blood. no blood in vomit either. she is playing fine. waging her tail / playing with a ball. i haven't seen her eat anything out of the ordinary. my husband just started a job 2 days ago, and they are very close, i would say her best companion. he has been gone now for about an hour and she is now sleeping and i haven't seen any shaking/tremor in about 30 minutes. she did have parvo when she was about 6 months old, and was hospitalized and cured.

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I have a border collie that is 2 years old. She started vomiting 2 nights ago. on the first night she was puking up food and yellow bile. last night it was just yellow bile. she has started to have a tremor in her head. it is not constant. but it comes on and off from time to time. just the head, shaking left to right. her ears look clean. no discoloration in her eyes. her poop and pee is normal with no blood. no blood in vomit either. she is playing fine. waging her tail / playing with a ball. i haven't seen her eat anything out of the ordinary. no wheezing when she breaths. i put my ear up to her stomach and listened, i didn't hear anything that sounded like a blockage. my husband(her best companion) has just started a job 2 days ago which is when the symptoms started. She did have parvo when she was about a half a year old and was hospitalized and cured.

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