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What is Yelping and Shaking?

It can be scary and a little frustrating when your dog starts yelping and shaking. If you are not sure what is causing the yelping and shaking, trying to figure out what is wrong can be extremely frustrating. When your dog exhibits this type of behavior, you need to stop what you are doing and immediately assess the situation. Examine your dog for any wounds or injuries. Also, take note of any environmental factors that may have caused your dog to react with yelping and shaking. 

If there was an environmental factor, such as a loud noise or a severe storm, that caused your dog to begin yelping or shaking, monitor your dog to make sure that they stop their behavior once their environment returns back to normal. This reaction to a storm or loud noise can be normal for some dogs that are naturally more nervous or high strung. Should the behavior not change after a time, you will want to consult your veterinarian to determine what is causing your dog to yelp and shake. 

Some things that can cause your dog to be yelping and shaking include:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Poisoning
  • Fear or trauma
  • Joint or muscle problems

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Why Yelping and Shaking Occurs in Dogs

It is not normal for your dog to be yelping and shaking. When you notice this behavior, you need to examine your dog and determine if it was fear that caused the behavior or if it was a medical condition that needs to be assessed by your veterinarian. 

Pain

Pain can cause your dog to yelp and shake. Your dog may be feeling pain in any part of their body but generalized pain in their neck or abdomen is especially frightening for your dog. Dogs that have been babied and are softer in nature will be more apt to yelp and shake when they are feeling pain.

Anxiety

Dogs that are naturally softer in temperament will be more prone to anxiety issues including yelping and shaking when they feel anxious. Many times anxiety will stem from some type of environmental factor. When your dog’s environment returns back to normal the anxiety will lessen. 

Poisoning

Dogs that are suffering from poisoning can yelp and shake because they are scared and feeling extremely sick. If you suspect your dog has ingested poison of any kind, you need to immediately contact your veterinarian for an emergency visit. Common toxins that dogs get into include chocolate, xylitol and nicotine. 

Fear or Trauma

Many people assume that anxiety and fear are the same thing, however, a dog can be anxious without being actually fearful. Fear can stem from a past trauma or experience that has stayed with them and they will begin yelping and shaking when they are confronted with something that triggers the memory of their past trauma or experience.

Joint or Muscle Problems

Joint and muscle problems are painful. These conditions, such as arthritis, degenerative myelopathy or degenerative joint disease will cause your dog to yelp or shake when they move or attempt to get up. Your veterinarian will work with you to set up a pain management plan for your dog.

What to do if your Dog is Yelping and Shaking

When your dog begins yelping and shaking, you need to stop and assess the situation. If you feel your dog is in need of medical attention, contact your veterinarian immediately for an appointment. If you feel that your dog is suffering from fear or anxiety, try to calm your dog without feeding into their fear or anxiety. Your veterinarian may be able to suggest things to try to keep your dog calm.

When you take your dog in to see your veterinarian, they will do a full assessment to figure out what is causing your dog to yelp and shake. Several diagnostic tests will probably be needed if the cause is not immediately found. Once a diagnosis has been made, your veterinarian will come up with a treatment plan for your dog. 

Medications may be required as well as other therapies and/or surgery depending on the cause of your dog’s yelping and shaking. Long-term pain management plans may be necessary to alleviate your dog’s pain and suffering from joint or muscle problems.

Prevention of Yelping and Shaking

Preventing your dog from yelping and shaking may not be possible if they are naturally anxious or fearful. Reassuring them that all is well with their world will be important as well as adding natural supplements or anxiety medications that will help them be calm.

Regular visits to see your veterinarian is important to catch any changes in your dog’s health. Joint and muscle problems can sometimes be diagnosed early and a treatment plan set in place to give them a more pain-free life for a longer period of time.

Cost of Yelping and Shaking

The cost to treat a medical condition can vary greatly depending on the diagnosis and your location. Diagnostic testing can be expensive and can range from $200 to $2000. Pain management plans can cost around $1600.

Yelping and Shaking Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Lily
American Bull Staffy
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shivering
Yelping

My 3 year old American Bulldog cross Lily has recently started yelping sporadically, there doesn't appear to be any sign of injury. She's always been shaky but nothing as extensive as it is now. She's eating and drinking as normal and is very excitable when it comes to having a treat.
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Lily is crying out and shaking, she may be in pain. It would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian, as they will be able to evaluate her, localize any areas that are causing Lily pain, and recommend any testing or treatments that might be necessary. Sometimes, back, joint and neck pain can be very subtle but can hurt. I hope that you are able to resolve her problems easily!

amy akita did the same thing.He suddenly began to yelp or howl in pain.I rushed him to a dog ER.THey did labs with a diff and several xrays as he is sop large. No source of the pain was found though he did howl in the ER.THey gave him a pain drug .DId the work up and sent me home.
No diagnosis, all work was normal.
He had some spodylosis of spine and she thought maybe it was new onset pain.
Pain meds did help him and he slowly improved for several days only to do it again when the steroids wore off.
I think its some kind of flare up.

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Artie
Basset Hound
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Yelping
Not sleeping
Eating grass
Shaking

Hi, my dog has been acting very weird for the past three days. It started off with him not sleeping through the night. He was up all night crying and even threw up a few times. I also noticed that when he breathes in his old body shakes badly. He isn’t a big eater, but he hasn’t even been eating all of his treats. Yesterday, he was licking his paws when he suddenly yelped and ran off. He did it again twice today. I held him afterwards and his whole body was shaking. He has also been randomly wandering around the house and just stopping and staring at random corners of the house with his head just facing the wall. He is going to be ten years old in three days. It’s heartbreaking seeing him like this and my vet is out of town.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible causes for the symptoms presenting and without examining Artie I cannot determine the specific underlying cause; this may be due to a behavioural issues (stress, anxiety etc…) or a medical issue. If your Veterinarian is out of town, I would recommend visiting another Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian to check Artie over to help narrow in on a cause and to offer some medical management or treatment is appropriate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chewy
Bichon Shih tzu
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shivering
Yelping

My 6-year-old Bichon Shih tzu mix has been yelping. Yesterday when he jumped off the couch he yelped very loudly, but then continued as though nothing had happened. Today, he randomly yelped and jumped, then hopped into my lap and started shivering. We asked him if he wanted to go for a walk, and he jumped off the coach, then yelped again.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Chewy it is difficult to say what the specific cause is, but it is possible that he has injured one of his front legs which is resulting in pain especially when jumping down from a height; you should restrict his movement and visit your Veterinarian for an examination since he is vocalising in pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fang
Rottweiler
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping
Lethargy

Hi, for the last few days my dog has been very tired and sleepy. I assumed it was because of the heat but since yesterday he has began yelping and crying every now and then. It seems to be a muscle or joint problem and he seems to be in pain. He stops when anyone comes to see if he's okay and lies down but is still scared and acts generally unwell and unhappy and stiff. Please help any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to say what is happening with Fang without being able to examine him, general pain and yelping isn’t a specific set of symptoms; since this is so painful for him you should visit your Veterinarian when they open on Monday for a thorough examination to determine the specific cause of the pain and to get Fang some pain management as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Logan
Pit bull
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling
Yelping
whimpering

Medication Used

none

My vet is closed for the day and I am wondering if I should bring my dog to the emergency vet.

My 4 years 9 months old pitbull was sleeping earlier on his side and suddenly yelped in his sleep. we thought that he was just having a bad dream. He then yelped 2 more times while laying down, several minutes apart (probably all within 1hr-1hr 30min). Since then he has been trembling, primarily when laying down. I thought he might be cold so I put on his favorite sweater but he is still trembling and didn't show any excitement to putting on the sweater, which is really unusual for him. I don't know what to do. This all started around 4pm today, it is now 7pm.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It might be a good idea to have Logan seen tonight, as trembling and shaking can be due to pain, and his yelping might indicate that he is in pain. The veterinarian will be able to determine what is going on with Logan, where he might be painful or if something else is causing these signs, and can give him treatment so that he is comfortable again. I hope that he is okay.

My 4yr old pitbull Roxcie, is shaking frivolously. She yelps when attempting to stand, as well as when she's getting comfortable...? She's in pretty bad pain.? We're going to the vet today

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Izzie
Papastzu
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Slow breathing
Yelping
Shaking
Lethargic

My dog started shaking, whining, and crying about 3 hours ago out of nowhere. When I pick her up she yelps, she hardly moves even for treats (which she loves), and she is breathing really slowly. Her pain seems to be under her front legs, her ribs, her neck, and her spinal area. I’ve seen her go potty today do I don’t think it could be GI related, but I could be wrong; every now and then she gets some pep in her step but she becomes lethargic again soon after. Any advice would be great!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Izzy it is difficult to narrow in on a specific underlying cause for the symptoms; spinal issues affecting the neck are a possibility but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to confirm. Also, abdominal pain may look like spinal pain but from your description it seems that the pain is more around the neck and fore legs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boltz
Staffie Bull
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My staffy chewed an ingested a plastic bottle took him to vets an all was well except he wouldn’t poop 3 days later an long walks he pooped but he still shaking an yelps when gets up to greet me an even when just laying

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pieces of plastic show up on x-ray but are very difficult to see, I would recommend having an x-ray done to determine whether there was a shard causing pain whilst passing through; there is little else to say in these situations other than determine what is there and remove it is appropriate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chesney
Dachshund
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dachshund that I rescued from a shelter about 9 years ago started yelping and trembling a few years back. It comes out of the blue and being a retired VET TECH I check him out thoroughly. I don't find any wounds, he does not yelp in pain when I do this. He will not eat anything and he hides somewhere quiet in the house. I bring him to bed where he continues to tremble. Usually next day he will be back to normal. I've been told it could be an upset stomach but this really concerns me. I am on a fixed income now and cannot afford such high costs and do not want to put him down since this happens once in a blue moon. Please help! I'm scared...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sudden pain and trembling may be caused by a few different causes, stomach pain I am a little dubious of but spinal pain is something which is possible; Dachshunds are known for their bad backs and some vertebral instability would show up out of the blue, it would cause severe pain and possibly shaking, as well as popping back if rested long enough in some cases. I believe that is most likely the cause, but without an examination and x-ray I cannot say for sure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Missy
Chihuahua
2 Days
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping, shaking, hunched rear

My Chihuahua is 2 years old and when I got home from work on Wednesday she was all of a sudden walking around with he rear hunched alittle and anytime you touch her she yelps and is constantly shaking. She has no signs of wounds. No limping. She can jump up on the furniture fine. Nothing has changed around the home or food. But she acts like she is in some sort of pain but I cannot figure out where or why.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Missy, I can't determine where she might be painful, or if she is painful, but from your description she does sound like something is wrong. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they can examine her, determine what might be wrong, and get treatment for her so that she is more comfortable. I hope that she is okay.

My 12 week old chiuaghas s is doing the same thing but is running around the house as of she is trying to show me something for 7 hours now its 4am

my toy poodle is having the same signs as Missy's dog. What did the vet say could be the problem?

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Lexi
Maltipoo
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Been to the Vet twice in the past 10 days. Bloodwork and x-rays are all perfect. She pants very hard and shakes uncontrollably. When I pick her up and walk with her, all symptoms are gone.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If your Veterinarian has been unable to find any cause as well as x-rays and blood work coming back normal, I would think that she just wants to be held if she stops all symptoms when you pick her up; this may be due to fear or separation but there may not be a medical issue here just a behavioural one. I would look into speaking with a Behaviourist in this instance as I feel they may be able to guide you about this if all medical examinations and testing came back normal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oscar
Dachshund mix
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping
Shaking

My 11yr old Dachshund began yelping and crying out a few days ago. First time this has happened so I’m a bit freaked. He seems to favor his front left leg and limps a bit. When I try to look him over, I can’t find anything. I can move his leg and apply pressure without any yelping. He’s tense and shaky and I’m not sure if I need to take him to the vet or just give him aspirin and rest. Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You could try giving Oscar a bit of rest over the weekend to see if there is any improvement, but if he is having episodes of yelping and shaking I doubt aspirin would be strong enough to control this; rest is best and don’t allow him to run or jump around. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian on Monday morning for check over and some pain relief as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Chihuahua
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

scared
Yelping
anxiety

I have a 6 year old Beagle, Dachshund and Chihuahua mix that we got when she was 8 weeks old. Overall she is a really, really good dog and listens very well.
The only traumatic thing that I can think of that's ever happened to her is when she was about 4 months old one of my cats scratched her near her eye. Other than that there's been nothing that I can think of.
It seems that she's always been kind of skittish and has a bit of anxiety of someone gets too close like they might step on her or bump into her and she yelps.
I am disabled and have to walk with a cane and I've dropped it a couple of times but never on her or near her.
If she is sitting near one of us while we're sitting down for dinner and someone bumps her with their foot, she yelps.
Our bed is too high for her to jump up on so we have to pick her up to put her on it. Sometimes when I go to pick her up, she yelps like she's scared.
Today I took her outside and we were going to play frisbee. She loves the frisbee and it's our daily routine.
I took the frisbee and threw it into the yard and she started off running towards it and about 10 feet away she yelped and started hobbling on one of her back legs. It appeared that she might have hurt something but as the day went on I tried taking her back out to walk and she seemed to be better as she was walking fine but when we went to come back home, she was reluctant to walk back in our yard, almost like she was scared of it.
When we finally came inside she kept acting like she was reluctant to come to me. She hung around with my wife and wouldn't come to me at all.
She seemed to almost act like whatever happened was my fault and she was scared of me.
All of these years we have never have understood why she had such anxiety like she was going to get hurt in some way and she would yelp out and now with this situation where it seems that she got hurt somehow, she is now even more anxious than before.
I don't get it.....she's never been hollered at, she's been treated wonderfully and she means the entire world to me....Just wondering what I can do....

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These cases can be difficult because what seems strange to us may be perfectly logical to Daisy. It is possible that she hurt herself chasing the frisbee and associates the pain from that small injury with your back garden; since you were there, Daisy may be associating you with the injury. It is really difficult to say, but you should reassure Daisy and show her that there is nothing to be concerned about. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog starting acting the same way. I took her to the vet & no injuries were felt so an antibiotic was given for a possible infection. Her symptomes of yelping & lethargy persit. I think the treatment your dog was given sounds reasonable for the symptoms. I am very curious to know if the streroids, pain medication and muscle relaxant worked and if your dog made a full recovery back to her "usual" self?

Thank you for your advice.
Later the same day I wrote my initial note, Daisy seemed to be favoring her backend more and more. She got to a point where she wasn't eating and didn't even want to go outside to potty unless I put her leash on and coaxed her along.
I ended up taking her to the vet and they examined her and determined that the most probable thing is that she tweaked her back somewhere along her rear end.
They put her on pain meds, steroids and a muscle relaxer.
As of last night she really started to seem to feel much better as she was more than willing to go out for her walk and was no longer anxious about coming back into the yard. This morning she seems to be doing much better.
I know that part of that has to do with the meds she's on but I really feel that she's on the mend.
I still wish that dog's could talk so that they could tell us what's wrong but in the end, my pup is on her way to getting better... :-)

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Mahina
Chiweenie
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Crying,
looking around
Shaking,

My dog is a chiweenie and she woke up form sleeping crying. It has been more than an hour, sense
this happened and its the very first time. I have never seen her like this to we have tried feeding her, taking her to the bathroom to but she is just screaming and crying. We have checked if anything is wrong with her and there is nothing she was shaking and keep looking around, we don't know if she sense's something or something is wrong with her. She hid under our couch. Do you know whats wrong with her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing her, I can't say what might be wrong with Mahina, but that screaming certainly isn't normal. She may have injured herself, and it would be best to have her seen right away by a veterinarian, as they can examine her and see what might be going on, and give her any treatment that she may need.

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Lucky
Chihuahua
3 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yelp

My Daughter has a chihuahua/maltese, he is around two . About a month ago I was given a cat, snow bangel. He is about six months. The chihuahua embraced the cat and they were running through the house playing tag like Tom and Jerry. The cat is so intriguing that he seems to be the bulk of attention.
A couple of days ago my daughter noticed instead of the dog giving her attention, she is his caretaker. He would interact with the sibling instead of her. He would follow the brother everywhere stay underneath him and never leave his side. He would also bark for no reason at everybody else and do a little yelping. We thought maybe he had a sticker in his claw. The dog will not allow anyone to touch his paws. We left his food for him to eat yesyerday and he didnt eagerly eat it as he normally would. He did finish it by the time we made it home that evening. He is really acting like a female dog would when she is in heat. I began to question if male dogs go through the motions of a female dog when IN HEAT? What is your opinion?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Male dogs don't go through similar hormonal changes as a female dog, but there may be an injury or behavioral changes with Lucky that are related to the cat. Since I can't see him, I have a hard time commenting on what might be happening, but having him examined by a veterinarian will allow them to look at him, make sure that there isn't any injury, and see what might be going on.

Thank you. I am leaning towards behavioral. He is not going in my daughters room anymore or playing with the cat. Just wants to be in sons room and around him. I think because my daughter has been spending alot of time with the cat and allowing the cat to go in her room. Thanks again.

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Bobbie
Chihuahua
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping
Shaking

Hi my 10 year old chihuahua started yelping last night. She would sleep then suddenly yelp a few times, get up and pace around. she repeated this several times last night. I'm not sure what's wrong with her. She also seems very shaken up and did enjoy being comforted. She just wanted to move away and pace around. what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes which may cause a dog to yelp and shake, many times this is a response to pain which may be from joint pain, stomach pain (think foreign objects, poisoning) among other types of pain; also fear, anxiety and other behavioural factors may be involved as well. Without examining Bobbie I cannot say with any certainty what the cause is, however if it continues you should have your Veterinarian perform an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mable
Pug/English bulldog
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping and shaking

My dog is screaming and shaking every time I apply pressure to its fronts legs top joint, it goes crazy, it also hasn't tried to jump on us or on the bed which is a normal thing for her but we can't seem to find out what's wrong with her. Its as if her joint was sprained I that's possible

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Joint sprains are common injuries in dogs and if there are changes in activity it is a tell tale sign that there is some type of injury; without examining Mable, I cannot say what the specific cause is but keep her rested and look for improvement. However, you should have your Veterinarian check her out determine the specific cause and to get for her some pain relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mojo
Chihuahua
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping

Hi,
My dog is now 10 yrs old and every time we move near him or simply lift an arm or leg whe he is close, even coming around a corner and he is there, he yelps as if he is in pain. Why is this so? He never used to do this. Hoping you can help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the specific cause of this yelping is, it is possible that you’re startling him and he is generally a fearful dog but without examining him I cannot determine whether there is something physically wrong or if the cause is psychological. You should visit your Veterinarian to rule out medical (physical) causes to help narrow in on a specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizzmo
Labrador Retriever
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

shaking yelping holding leg

my dog just all of a sudden started to shake and yelp while holding his left back leg up. i tried to look but he is trying to bit me because it hurts him that much. i dont know what to do to make him feel better if i dont even know whats going on. and i know for sure theres nothing in his foot

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Gizzmo I cannot say for certain what the underlying cause of the pain and shaking is; hip disorders, spinal disorders, trauma, blood clots among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. You should take Gizzmo to an Emergency Veterinarian if he is still in pain since I cannot give any recommendation without seeing him first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiny
Chweenie
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping

My little dog has recently been yelping at everything. She’s not in pain. If you walk towards her she runs away, if you pick her up she yelps and shakes a little, if we are trying to get her to go outside she hides and if we get behind her to try to get her to go she yelps and runs outside. After her little Yelp of picking her up she starts wagging her tail and let’s you hold her. Nothing has changed in her diet, home, or anything else. She doesn’t lay in the same room as us anymore either.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining her, it is hard for me to determine if she is painful or if she is nervous. It would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian to make sure that she doesn't have joint pain, or mouth pain, that is causing her to cry, If she is given a clean bill of health, she may benefit from some training to build her confidence. An unconfident dog will run and act scared even if they want to be with you, and training classes can make her more confident so that she is able to behave more normally. I hope that she is okay.

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Piper
English Bulldog
3 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Neck Discomfort
Pain
Walking tenderly
Wobbly rear gait

Our English bulldog as been battling bouts of yelping, shaking and pain for the better part of a month now. We have her going to two different vets (for second opinions) and both are stumped as to what the problem could be. We have it narrowed down to a possible neck injury. She is currently taking Gabapentin, tramadol, Methocarbamol, and prednisone to keep pain under control. She has undergone crate rest for the past two weeks straight to some positive results, but she occasionally will relapse when the pain takes over. Blood work and x-rays have come back fine.

We’re over $1,000 in debt to her now and still with no definitive answers. The next step appears to be a CT Scan or a Myelogram, and possibly surgery. We suspect IVDD but aren’t sure.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining her, I cannot say for sure, but if the medications that she is on are not controlling her pain, an MRI or CT scan may indeed be the next step. That test will be able to determine where the problem is, and what the problem is. Some dogs do develop quite profound deep nerve pain, and it can be difficult to discern that from back or neck pain, as they can't tell us. I hope that you are able to get her some relief.

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Logan
Chihuaha Jack Russell
12 Years
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yelp When Lifted

Yelps randomly when petted without visible injury. Stands with slight trembling sometimes for long periods before laying down. Recovers within a couple of hours and behaves normally

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the symptoms you are describing, especially in an aging dog; spinal issues (like intervertebral disk disease) are most common and would need to be seen by your Veterinarian to confirm or rule out certain conditions. A thorough examination is needed and x-rays may be useful too; without examining Logan, I cannot really say what the specific cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi my 10 year old chihuahua started yelping last night. She would sleep then suddenly yelp a few times, get up and pace around. she repeated this several times last night. I'm not sure what's wrong with her. She also seems very shaken up and did enjoy being comforted. She just wanted to move away and pace around. what should I do?

My chihuahua is almost doing the exact same thing except she is comforted when i pet her. she threw up sat 11/15/17.

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Billie
Yorkie-Apso
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Paces
Not going potty
Pace
Shaking

I have a 7-year-old foster Yorkie mix. When he was dropped off at the shelter he yelped at everything, you could get close to him, and he never went outside because staff couldn’t get a leash on him. He has done great with me over the past 2 weeks until this weekend. I was gone for most of the day on Saturday and Sunday, but he was never in his kennel and always with another person. He’s become withdrawn, shaking, yelping to the point that you move positions and he yelps like someone is murdering him. He does have a small bump where the false ribs are on the right side. He’s not eating, not going potty as much. I was told that I could give him 1/2 tab of Benadryl for allergies, but I have stopped that today (no Benadryl). I’m just really concerned at this point. We are waiting for the Vet office the Humane Society works with to get him in for a full exam and full dental. We don’t know the last time he went to the vet. If you have any insight, I’d greatly appreciate it, because he is my first foster dog, and he was thriving. Thanks so much!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like the yelping and shaking may be in response to pain, especially if he yelps when moved; without examining him I cannot say what the cause is but you should take him to the Humane Society Veterinarian as soon as possible to determine a cause and to offer him pain relief as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frankie
Pug
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Yelp
running away
Shaking

My pug is 10 years old and she is very independent and since I have been home on bed rest she is by my side (she normally is when I am home) but 3 am this morning my foot just touched her and she started yelping and screaming as if someone hurt her really bad, I got her to calm down within a few seconds and we both went back to sleep, but now it happened again. We're laying in bed and I move to sit up (not touching her) then she starts yelping again, I examined her to see if she was sore on her body but nothing and I don't know what it could be and I am freaking out she has never done this before (out of fear, she gets excited when someone comes home but she a happy dog).

But i have 4 other dog, could that be a factor as to why she is doing this?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It sounds like Frankie is having painful episodes of some type, and as dogs age, they are more prone to neck and back pain, and joint pain. It would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian, as this seems to keep happening and you need to figure out what the cause of the problem is. A veterinarian will be able to examine her, determine what might be going on, and recommend any treatment that she may benefit from.

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Honey
Chihuahua Papillion
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Whimpering shaking

My dog suddenly started shaking and whimpering when I touch her. It does not matter where she's touched. She yelped when I picked her up. She's also tucking her backside in and sort of hunching over while sitting upright. She's definitely in pain. Any suggestions?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Honey should be seen by her veteirnarian for an examination and pain medication if she needs it - human pain medications can be quite toxic to dogs, and your veterinarian will be able to localize the source of the pain, or anything else that might be causing her signs, and get her some relief. I hope that she is okay.

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Rex
Great Dane
Five Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Neck Pain
body tremors
Yelping when fed medication
Smelly Breath
Mouth Discomfort
excessive sleep
reduced hydration
Reduced appetite
wandering

Medication Used

Gabapentin Cap 600mg

Rex is our 5 year old Great Dane. Two weeks ago he started yelping when we played with a toy or even try to feed him medicine. Pretty soon after he started wandering with his head down and lying under trees or in the flower beds outside. He would not drink water or eat his dog food. We took him to the veterinarian and they ran an x-ray along with blood work and everything came back negative. The emergency vet believes it may be a slipped disk or pinched nerve and he does higher than normal globulin levels. Over the course of last week he was getting better and his appetite began to pick back up with chicken and softer dog food. Unfortunately, it appears all of the symptoms are back this weekend and we have an appointment on Sunday with his doctor. The emergency vet prescribed Gabapentin and while it numbs the pain, it does cause Rex to sleep more and he is still having the tremors. We have also tried a cold compress on the neck and lower back which appears to give him some temporary relief. We are just concerned because the imaging and blood results are not giving us enough information to make a formal diagnosis. Any advice would be helpful, he has lost a lot of muscle tone and I fear he is becoming more depressed along with the physical pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It certainly sounds like Rex may have a slipped disc or similar condition, however a standard x-ray may not show the whole story and either myelography and/or CT/MRI may be required to narrow in on a cause with better detail. At this point, further imaging is the way forward and I would look possibly at myelography before CT or MRI. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Pekingese
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

My dog is half Pekingese half shut I (i don’t know how it’s spelt). Yesterday she jumped onto my bed and started yelping, not shaking yet. But yelping, I didn’t see anything wrong but now she went to drink some water and I tried to see if she could jump onto my bed well she tried but couldn’t so I picked her up to help her and then she started shaking a lot. It scared me. She finally stopped shaking she never yelled tho just shakes but i don’t know what it is. I think she might have joint pains in her lower back around her butt and back leg area.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Possible reasons for that behavior would be anxiety, fear, or pain. She may have injured her back when she jumped on your bed. Without examining her, I can't diagnose anything, so it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they will be able to look at her, assess any pain or abnormal function, and give her appropriate treatment that she might need. I hope that she is okay.

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Sadie
Dachshund
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping
Crying out
Shaking
anxious

My dog Sadie is a weenie dog or a dachshund. She came from a previous owner who treated her poorly such as not feeding her correctly and neglecting her. She was dropped off with me with no types of injuries. After a few months of having her, we took her to the vet to get a check up. She was fine. But, last night and into tonight she has yelped and developed anxious behavior whenever I pick her up, leave the bed, or move her to a different spot on the bed. I’m curious as to what may be wrong with my dog because I love her very much. I constantly give her as much love and attention as I can and feed her regularly.

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Hunter
Chihuahua
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tremor
Yelping
Crying
Shaking

Medication Used

none

My sister's Chihuahua went to get his nails cut a week ago.They had to hold him down with a towel because he gets really aggressive when getting his nails cut. While he was there, they also gave him his rabies, distemper and other vaccinations - 5 total. Since that time he's been having waves of weird actions. For example he'll have tremor-like movements near his shoulder, cry for short periods when sleeping or when nobody is touching him. The worst incident was 2 days ago, he looked like his back legs just gave out and he laid in the hallway. We took him to the vet immediately thinking he had some paralysis. By the time we got there he stood up and even started jumping in his back legs looking for my sister to pick him up. They did a short exam, took his temp, felt his paws/legs, listened to heart and breathing and said everything was normal. Now today he yelped and started with the shoulder/head tremors. The weirdest thing if all is that he does these weird things and then 15mins to an hour later he'll get up and want to play, chase his bone down the hall and run hard. We can't make any sense of it. Has anyone seen this behavior before or know what it could be? Any help would be appreciated

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some local irritation or discomfort may occur after vaccination, but it is usually not as severe or intermittent as what you’re describing; I don’t know how tightly Hunter was wrapped in the towel during the nail clipping or if this is a possible underlying cause. Since hunter received a clean bill of health from your Veterinarian I would try to keep him rested and monitor him for the time being to see if the frequency or severity of these episodes decreases. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
pitbull
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cowering
fearful
Yelping
Shaking

Hello,

I have an interesting behavior occurring with our rescue Pitbull Nala and was wondering if anyone had an advice or has seen something similar before.

Recently, about 75% of guests who come over, Nala will yelp if they even get close to her or try to reach out to her as if she expects them to do something to her. This started as a submissive urination but has evolved into this it seems.

What is very strange is that outside of greeting people at our home; (going to other households, going to the dogpark, going for walks) Nala loves seeing people and approaches them excitedly without any fear so this seems to be isolated to greetings within our house.

We got her when she was 11 months old so this could stem from her past, but this did not occur when we initially got her. When this occurs we normally calmly take her to her crate so that she is removed from the situation, but we would love for her to be comfortable.

Could this be something we are doing? Do you have any tips for trying to make her more comfortable with guests in our home?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There isn’t a simple explanation for this behaviour, especially with rescue dogs which have an unknown history; reassurance and creating a calm environment are important in cases like this. It would be good to work with a trainer/behaviourist to get a better understanding of what is happening. I’ve put two links below to guides from our site to help with fear and being around people; there is also a section towards the bottom of each article where you may ask a certified dog trainer a question. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-being-fearful https://wagwalking.com/training/be-calm-around-strangers

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