Wondering why your dog’s back legs are shaking? My shih-tzu looked like he was having muscle spasms, but in his case it wasn’t anything to worry about. I was concerned at first because tremors were one of the symptoms my American Eskimo had before she died. The reasons why a dog’s back legs shake can range from a serious medical problem to anxiety. When in doubt it’s best to seek professional veterinary care to rule out health issues.
Is Shaking the Only Problem?
Shaking was one of the first problems I noticed when my American Eskimo dog fell ill. However, it wasn’t the only issue she had. The dog’s symptoms were loss of appetite, shaking, rapid weight loss, and loss of bladder control. I knew it was serious. I took her to the vet for blood tests, and she was diagnosed with advanced kidney failure. She was declining very rapidly, and to save her from suffering I had her put down. That’s not to say that your dog has a serious medical problem, but it’s important to watch for other symptoms. Shaking alone isn’t a reason for concern, but it’s a reason to pay closer attention to your dog’s overall behaviour and condition.
Shaking in Dogs May Be Caused by…
Is it possible that your dog is cold? Shih-tzus are just one breed without a warm undercoat. Their fur is more like very fine human hair, and they’re highly susceptible to hot and cool temps. They’re not outdoor dogs. Now that my dog is a senior citizen he becomes chilled more easily. I keep a sweater on Zeus during the cooler months, and I bought him a dog heating pad to keep him more comfortable. Even an air-conditioned home may be too cool for comfort.
Why Your Dog’s Back Legs Are Shaking: It Could Also be…
Anxiety is another one of the reasons why dogs shake. My little dog shakes when he wants a bite of my food. He shakes because he wants it very badly. Tremors also come and go in waves when he hears thunder, gun shots, and other loud noises too. I bought him a Thunder Shirt to wear on the 4th of July, New Years, and during thunderstorms. Along with noise therapy CDs for dogs it’s a tremendous help. However, he still shakes sometimes when he’s nervous or chilled. Shaking is common in older dogs.
Can Shaking from Fear Hurt a Dog?
Now that you know why your dog’s back legs are shaking, will it cause harm? Seeing a dog shake with fear is painful for people who love them. After all, no one wants to see their four-legged family member trembling. It looks excruciating! I brought it to the attention of the vet, and he said that dogs don’t die from shaking. As long as it isn’t a symptom of a more serious health problem, it won’t hurt the dog.
Keep in mind that shaking doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog has a neck or spine injury or a neurological disease, but if you’re still concerned it would be best to ask your veterinarian. In most cases it’s either anxiety, a chill, or tremors that come with age.