Why Is My Dog Shaking?

There are many reasons why your dog may be trembling or shaking. It is important to find out why.

Like humans, dogs can shake for many possible reasons. Some causes are nothing to worry about. However, your dog may be showing signs of a serious health condition that needs immediate attention. It is vital to recognize the signs and to know when to consult your veterinarian.

Why Your Pup is Shaking?

There are many possible reasons why your furry friend may be shaking or shivering, such as pain, fear, anxiety, excitement or simply, the cold. Worst case scenarios point towards food poisoning and serious diseases, in rarer cases.


Shaking in dogs can be a cause for concern. If you feel that your dog has been poisoned, is in pain or has a serious disease, seek medical attention immediately. Your veterinarian will be able to determine the cause of your pups shaking and provide the correct medication if neccessary.

Read on to find out more about the most common causes and their treatments.

Fear and Anxiety

Shaking is a very common reaction to anxiety and fear. Humans can shake when they are scared or nervous, and so can dogs. If your pup is also panting, this can be a clear indication that he is stressed. Most unnatural fear responses can be unlearned by exposing your dog gradually to the stressful situations. The important thing to remember here is to remain calm yourself and speak to your dog in a reassuring voice.


Shaking when excited is a normal and healthy reaction. Your pup may get excited when seeing you, or overly hyper while playing their favorite game outside. You can ignore hyperactivity and reward only calm behavior.

Dog shaking


Unfortunately, shaking may be a sign that your dog is experiencing pain. Check for other symptoms, but if nothing else is obvious, you can try a buffered aspirin.

Administer one baby aspirin per 15 to 20 lbs of body weight, or one adult aspirin per 60 to 80 lbs of body weight. Do not use any more than once.Do not use any other pain medications for your dog without first checking with your veterinarian. If the pain persists, be sure to consult your pup’s vet.


Poisoning in dogs, from food or other sources, can be very serious. Dogs will often shake when they have ingested something poisonous. Other signs to look out for are vomiting, diarrhea, fever, drooling, stomach pain.

If you suspect that your dog has induced something poisonous, do not induce vomiting. Contact your veterinarian right away.

Chronic Disease

Distemper, kidney failure, Addison’s disease and brain disease are some of the more serious conditions that may cause shaking in dogs. If you have been able to rule out all of the other causes of shivering in your dog, your veterinarian should examine him in order to diagnose the problem and proceed with the appropriate treatment.

Final Thoughts

As loving pet owners, we always try to do what is best for our precious pooches. It is worrisome when we see our dogs shaking and we have no idea why. We want to help them, but we do not always know how.

Be warm and comforting, stay calm and hopefully, it is nothing serious. When you need to intervene, do so with caution and a solid knowledge base.

Do not give your dog any medications that are not approved for dogs If you have any doubts, something doesn’t feel right, and you are worried about his condition, contact your veterinary professional right away.







About the author

Melanie Fox

Hi there, I'm Melanie Fox, editor at Beloved Bark. We look to provide people with the knowledge and tools to make smarter, more educated choices for their dogs. We have made it our mission to inform our followers with expert advice and recommendations, that will make a difference in your dog's life.

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