Why Is My Dog Shaking? 6 Possible Reasons

Dogs often tremble for harmless reasons, but sometimes that tremor becomes a cry for help.

Here are 6 common reasons why your dog wobbles and what you can do about it.

Shivering in cold environments is an involuntary response designed to pump blood to raise body temperature and prevent hypothermia.

1. Cold

Some dogs tremble when happy or excited. The reason for this is unknown, but one theory holds that it is a manifestation of intense emotions.

2. Excitement

Other intense emotions that can trigger chills are fear and anxiety. The shivering itself in this case is not harmful.

3. Stress, Anxiety and Fear

However, if you rush to comfort your dog every time he is shivering, he may learn that shivering is a good way to get your attention.

4. Seeking Attention

A tremor can indicate that your dog is in pain or has an illness. Tremors and muscle tremors can be symptoms of a serious medical condition.

5. Pain or Illness

As dogs age, it's not uncommon for their leg muscles to weaken and develop tremors, but tremors can also be a sign of arthritis or joint pain.

6. Old Age

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