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Help ASAP; Dog is shaking uncontrollably?

Asked by NostalgicChills (2774points) November 1st, 2012

My dog is an 8 year old schnoodle. He is a perpetual wagger- he’s always happy. Today I went downstairs to the kitchen where the dogs are, and I saw him under a chair TREMBLING and panting pretty heavily. He was fed breakfast and lunch and there is plenty of water in the bowls. I suspected that the cause of his anxiety was due to the noise being emitted from the fire alarm in my room because the battery died. Every time it goes off, he seems to scurry with his tail in between his legs. So I changed the battery, and it stopped beeping. I even took him for a walk and he was completely fine then. So what could be wrong with him? He was like this the day of Hurricane Sandy before the actual storm arrived, but I figured it was normal because animals can sense storms.

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KNOWITALL's avatar

Shock, dogs are susceptible. You should give him a puppy xanax immediately if you have one. Otherwise I would get him in a quiet, semi dark room and keep him calm for awhile. He’s probably also feeling the tension in the atmosphere and it’s rubbing off on him. Stay with him awhile if you have to until he calms down.

bhec10's avatar

That’s been happening to my 10 year old labrador for the last 2 years. She starts shaking uncontrollably and all I can do is tell her some kind words to calm her down a bit. The veterinary told us it’s very early stages of epilepsy and was related with stress and anxiety. But since it happens so sporadically (like twice a year max.), it’s not something to be too worried about, although it is very frightening to see it happen.

ccrow's avatar

Even if your smoke alarm isn’t beeping anymore, he’s probably still afraid it’s going to… the dog that’s my avatar was like that too. I’d be able to tell the smoke alarm battery in my cellar needed replacing by her behavior, because the little low battery chirp didn’t register in my brain. My poor girl! It would take her quite awhile to calm down. Being calm and reassuring, and acting like everything is fine should help your pup after a bit.

NostalgicChills's avatar

I stayed by him and he eventually calmed down- thanks everyone!

SpatzieLover's avatar

Maybe you need to buy him a Thundershirt and have some calming meds on hand in case this should happen again.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I hear those Thundershirts actually work really well.

SpatzieLover's avatar

They do @uberbatman. The same technology is used for autistics. It’s a life saver for any one with anxiety due to sensory overload. The same thing can be done in a pinch with a good, long lasting squeezy hug

NostalgicChills's avatar

@SpatzieLover @uberbatman
Do Thundershirts work for general anxiety as well? Because today, the same thing happened with my dog when the lights started flickering. He starting shaking because of that.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Yes, that and Rescue Remedy or a similar calming med. I prefer the stuff I get from my vet, as it seems to allow the dog to calm down quicker, but I also find one Benedryl affective at konking out my “shy/anxious’ dog.

KNOWITALL's avatar

The Thundershirts stressed my old boy out even more, he didn’t know what it was and got hot in it. Now I just cover him with a blanket and we cuddle until the thunder or whatever is done. Doggie xanax is a wonderful thing for the really tough or extended episodes.

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