Sunday Sep 18, 2022

Why Is My Shih Tzu Shaking?

Why is my Shih Tzu Shaking

Shih Tzu’s are a breed of dog known to be intelligent, active, and full of life. This is a list of possible reasons as to why your Shih Tzu may be shaking and/or acting abnormally.

20 possible causes for an excessively shaking Shih Tzu are:

1)      Stressed/Scared: This reason is the most likely cause for any dog to shake, especially if they are scared of loud noises. If your Shih Tzu is excessively shaking when inside of their own house this would be more than likely the case. Keep in mind that all dogs react differently to stressful situations and that you may not notice your Shih Tzu acting out until they are already shaking.

2)      Infection: This is a possible reason if your dog’s shaking has been going on for more than three days and/or is accompanied by other symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy, change in appetite, or diarrhea.

3)      Hypoglycemia: This is a possible reason if your dog’s shaking has been going on for more than five days and/or they also appear to be weak, tired, and/or experience a loss of appetite.

4)      Head Trauma: If your Shih Tzu is shaking after they have recently been to the vet, particularly if they had an injury around their head.

5)      Substance Abuse: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu appears to be excessively tired and/or not responsive when you call their name or touch them.

6)      Seizure: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu appears to be biting his/her tongue or foaming from their mouth.

7)      Ingestion of Toxic Substance: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu has been excessively shaking for more than an hour and you can see visible signs of trauma on them such as a bleeding wound.

8)      Insect Bite: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu has been excessively shaking for more than an hour and you can see visible signs of swelling around the area where they have been bitten.

9)      Poisoning: If your Shih Tzu has been excessively shaking for more than 24 hours and/or has been throwing up, you should seek a veterinarian as soon as possible.

10)      Severe Pain: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu has been shaking for more than twenty minutes, especially if they appear to be shaking all over their body. 

11)      Muscle Tics: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu has been excessively shaking for more than twenty minutes and you can see visible signs of muscle twitches.

12)      Cushing’s Disease/Syndrome: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu appears to have excess energy and/or is excessively thirsty, hungry, and/or urinating.

13)      Diabetes: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu appears to be drinking excessive amounts of water and has been excessively shaking for more than an hour.

14)      Failure of Kidney: This is a possible reason if your lovable Shih Tzu has been excessively shaking for more than an hour and you notice visible signs of pain when they are touched.

15)      Heartworm Poisoning: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu has been excessively shaking for more than four hours, appears to have difficulty breathing, or shows visible signs of pain in their neck area.

16)      Liver Disease: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu has been excessively shaking for more than five days, appears to be vomiting bile or dark brown feces. 

17)      Drowning: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu has been excessively shaking for more than twenty-four hours and/or appears to be weak, tired, or lethargic.

18)      Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu has been excessively shaking for more than an hour, has not eaten in twenty-four hours, and/or appears to be weak, tired, or lethargic.

19)      Shock: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu has been excessively shaking for more than six hours and you notice that they are breathing quickly.

20)      Pregnancy: This is a possible reason if your Shih Tzu appears to have intense cramping in their abdominal area.

Above are the possible reasons for the cause of shaking in a Shih Tzu.

Here are a few tips for owners to take good care of their Shih Tzu.

1)      Seek a veterinarian’s help immediately if your pet experiences shaking or twitching that lasts for more than an hour or if there is visible damage on your pet like bleeding, lacerations, etc.

2)      Pets that experience shaking or twitching should be kept in a quiet area to reduce stress and ensure that they are comfortable.

3)     keep your pet hydrated by providing them with water and making sure that their bowls do not run out of water throughout the day.

4)      Carefully clean your pet’s wound or injury, if visible.

5)  Ensure that you are using the correct type of flea medication on your Shih Tzu to prevent them from getting bitten by insects.

6)  When walking your Shih Tzu, make sure the area where you are walking is well-lit and that there is no chance of them getting attacked by another animal.

7)  Keep your Shih Tzu’s food ratio to a minimum while they are recovering from their injury or wound.

8)  Ensure your pet gets plenty of sleep, especially if they have been diagnosed with a medical condition such as diabetes or liver disease.

9)  If your pet is pregnant, make sure that you take them to the veterinarian periodically to ensure their health and well-being.

10)  Groom your Shih Tzu’s fur regularly to keep it clean and attractive by brushing and using shampoo when needed.

11)  Protect your Shih Tzu’s eyes by using an eye ointment when they are outside playing or walking around.

12)   Exercise your Shih Tzu daily by taking them out on long walks or jogs around your neighborhood.

13)   Ensure that you do not overfeed or underfeed your Shih Tzu.

14)   make sure that you only use the proper amount of shampoo when bathing your Shih Tzu, if needed.

15)   Do not let your Shih Tzu swim or take a bath with soap as it may damage their fur.

I hope this article has given you valuable information on what you need to do in the event that your Shih Tzu is shaking.


Please keep in mind that this article has been written with the help of my own knowledge and reading through these possible causes for Shih Tzu shaking, there might be other causes or reasons that may not be included here. This article is also based on information from the internet so if the information is inaccurate please notify me by commenting below.

^^^ thank you, I hope this helps your Shih Tzu! 😀

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