why does my dog tremble and pant
If your generally healthy dog suddenly appears to take a funny turn and begins acting oddly, panting or breathing heavily and shaking or tremoring, this can be very concerning for the owner, who may not know what is amiss or what to do next. Just as people can be taken ill rather suddenly on occasion for various reasons, so too can dogs, and panting, shaking and shivering are all very generalised indications of something being wrong. In this article, we will look into panting and shaking in combination in more detail, what can lead to this happening, and what you should do. Read on to learn more about panting and shaking in dogs. Panting and shaking in combination may come on suddenly or develop over a period of time, and knowing when the problem started can help you to narrow down the potential causes. If your dog has already been diagnosed with any form of ongoing health condition, it is wise to talk to your vet in-depth about what you can expect from this, and if symptoms or funny turns including panting and shaking can be expected, and what to do about it. In combination, shaking and panting can be caused by or be indicative of a whole range of potential conditions, from heart problems to overheating and a whole range of other things besides. Some of the most common causes of panting and shaking are covered below. If your dog is hyperventilating, gasping for air or panting heavily but is not tremoring and shaking, this can be indicative of simple exertion that will ease off when your dog calms down. First of all, take them to a shaded area, keep them calm and give them some water to see if the panting eases up on its own. If your dog has overheated badly, such as by taking part in high energy exercise on a very hot day without taking time to cool down regularly, they may be suffering from heat stroke, which is the most common cause of panting and shaking in combination. While heatstroke is something that most people are aware of and that afflicts a reasonable number of dogs every summer, it is still a serious situation that can quickly escalate to emergency status, so check out
for full details on the symptoms of heatstroke in dogs, and how to avoid it. In serious cases, panting and shaking that is acute or that occurs regularly may be indicative of heart problems in your dog, as if the heart is enlarged, it can press against the lungs and occlude breathing.
Your dog may then also begin to shake, as the blood cannot get enough oxygen to properly aerate the major organs. If your dog is running a fever as the result of an infection, this hyperthermia (abnormally high temperature) can cause panting and associated shaking, as your dog s body works to try to lower their core temperature. Infections can come in many forms including viral and bacterial, and if they have gotten to the stage that the infection is causing fever and shakes, this means your dog needs to see the vet ASAP. Low blood sugar or hypoglycaemia can lead to panting and shaking, and this is one of the main indicators of low blood sugar in diabetic dogs. However, it is not only diabetic dogs that can suffer from low blood sugar, and small, delicate breeds such as the and the are often very sensitive to fluctuations in blood sugar, and its associated side effects too. If your dog has eaten something that is toxic or poisonous to them, the early symptoms of poisoning can include panting and tremoring, as their bodies fight to deal with the attack. If you suspect that your dog may have got their teeth into something that is toxic, such as certain types of plants, grapes, chocolate or xylitol (a common artificial sweetener) take them to the vet ASAP, as early intervention may save their life. If your dog is in severe pain, this can lead to symptoms such as panting and shaking as a side effect of this, so try to work out if your dog is ill or injured, and if they are displaying any other symptoms. If you are not sure, get them to the vets as soon as you can. A dog that is very frightened will exhibit a range of signs of fear including panting and shaking, as well as potentially other signs of distress such as defensive aggression, hiding, or running off. Many dogs are very fearful of loud noises, and so events such as bonfire night or New Year s Eve when fireworks are being set off may greatly affect your dog. Finally, if you cannot ascertain why your dog is shaking and panting, you may have to consider the possibility that they have internal injuries or some form of illness that is causing them significant pain and discomfort, and that is manifesting as tremors and panting. If for any reason you cannot work out what is wrong, get your dog to the vet to be on the safe side.
I love old dogs. I love their wizened, grey muzzles. I love their peaceful, cloudy eyes. I love that mostPhave acquired a certain wisdom and mellowness. They have seen a lot in their lives, and their feathers usually aren t easy to ruffle. ManyPthings change inPdogs. The lenses of their eyes develop a blue, cloudy tint. This normal phenomenon, called nuclear sclerosis, is harmless and does not compromise their quality of life. Many dogs develop arthritis, and their gait may become stiffer ( Pshould discuss with their vets options to improve mobility). The hearing of old dogs is not as keen as it once was. Elderly dogs also may need to empty their bladder more frequently than younger counterparts (and they may therefore be more prone to accidents in the house). Old dogs tend to sleep more heavily. Although the changes in the eyes sometimes alarm owners of old dogs, most of the others don t usually cause much distress. They happen in people, too, and they re considered a normal part of aging. However, two additionalPcommon changes often do cause consternation. Old dogs tend to pant more than young dogs. They also are prone to trembling. Over the years, many people have asked me why these two things happen. There is no simple answer. Panting and trembling are two of the least specific symptoms a dog might exhibit. Anything that might cause a person to sweat or tremble might cause a dog to pant or tremble. In the case of panting, there is a common and I m happy to say generally benign cluster of factors that may cause the behavior. As dogs age, the diaphragm and intercostal muscles, which are used to breathe, become weaker. Elderly dogs may also be prone to additional adipose deposits (which is a fancy way of saying they may be fatter) in their abdomen and on the body wall. As a result, they may sometimes find it easier to pant, which involves less use of the diaphragm and muscles in the chest because breaths taken while panting tend to be shallow. Those shallow breaths also encounter less of the resistance on the diaphragm that is caused by abdominal fat. Trembling, too, may have relatively benign causes. Surely you have noticed that elderly people often tremble the hands and mouth may be the most common sites for trembling in senior citizens.
In dogs, a similar type of trembling (which most often affects the limbs and jaws) may occur. It appears to be linked to weakening of muscles with age, along with mild degeneration of the nervous system. Older dogs seem to be more reactive to excitement and adrenaline. Therefore, when an exciting or fearful situation presents itself, the stimulation of the event may collaborate with the above factors to trigger or exacerbate panting and trembling. If your older dog is panting or trembling more, you can take some solace from these facts. However, you should not become complacent. In some instances, both panting and trembling may be signs of a more serious problem. Obesity, unfortunately, is common in older dogs. Although the panting caused by obesity isn t harmful on its own, being significantly overweight It can exacerbate arthritis and mobility concerns, as well as heart disease and other respiratory ailments. Pain may cause both panting and trembling. An older dog who pants more may be suffering from back pain or arthritis pain that is impactingPhis quality of life. Heart disease and breathing problems such as chronic bronchitis, and laryngeal paralysis may lead to panting. Glandular conditions such as Cushing s disease may cause panting as well. Certain metabolic conditions also may cause both panting and trembling. Brain disease may cause panting and trembling. Sudden onset of panting may be a sign of a very serious problem. Panting is a common and sometimes the only symptom of gastric dilatation with volvulus, also known as. This condition, which is most common in older, large dogs, is an emergency of the highest order, and it canPcause death in hours if not treated appropriately. Finally, should be considered as a cause of panting in elderly dogs. Panting caused by dementia may occur primarily at night and may be accompanied by restlessness and movement of the dog to atypical areas of the home. However, if your dog suddenly starts exhibiting these behaviors, remember that bloat also occurs most often at night and may trigger restlessness. Although muchPof the panting and trembling done by older dogs has aPbenign cause, there is no guarantee that such behaviors in an elderly dog are harmless. Any owner of an elderly dog who pants or trembles should have a vet evaluate his pet.
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