By James Witherspoon
It is not unusual for a dog or cat to occasionally shake or tremble. This behavior usually occurs on a normal basis when the pet is enduring a behavior which makes it uncomfortable and anxious such as going to the vet or being bathed. But the shivering should cease after the anxiety provoking experience is over. It is only when a dog or cat has long bouts of shaking or trembling for no apparent reason that it may be necessary for the animal to be checked out by a veterinarian.
Shaking can be a sign of a number of issues in dogs and cats. It is very difficult to know when the behavior is something to worry about and when it is nothing, but it is always better to be safe than sorry so if a pet is shaking when there is no obvious anxiety trigger, it should be taken to the vet.
The Main Causes of Shaking and Trembling in Pets
There are a number of things that shaking can indicate. Some of the more common issues that shaking may be a result of include:
Hypoglycemia-hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. This is perhaps the top cause of shivering or trembling in dogs and cats and occurs when the animal has gone for an extended period without food.
Metabolic abnormalities-digestive upset such as vomiting can result in shaking.
Elevated body temperatures-shaking can be a sign of a serious fever in a pet. If the pet is also sleeping on the bathroom floor or other cool surfaces, there is an additional call for worry.
Small dogs and cats often shake routinely for no evident reason.
To find out more about shaking and shivering in dogs and cats, visit the website of your Austin Vet Clinic today.
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