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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-07-2009, 04:40 AM Thread Starter
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Sudden shuddering in older dogs

My Meg is 14 years old and, for the past year, she has been shuddering every now and again. It's at certain when I've just put the dogs' food in their bowls or I'm going to get a treat from the cupboard. Sometimes, it will be before I open the door for us to go out. She'll walk normally and then her eyes will blink continuously. She doesn't go over to any particular side but she has to sit back on the floor while her body shudders and her eyes blink. She's totally consumed by it for a few seconds and then recovers. I asked the vet and he said to just keep an eye on it! He didn't think it was epilepsy but maybe a heart problem. I was just wondering if anybody here has ever had a similar problem. She goes out all the time and still likes to run for the ball etc. I have another dog, Isaac, and he's 12 but he's a smaller dog and still really agile and bouncy! Meg is a Labrador-Collie cross and Isaac is a collie crossed with a Lhasa Apso (strange boy he is).

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If you think it is really taking over your dogs health I would take her back to the vet.

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My first dachshund used to do that. I always thought it was because he was excited. He would do it whenever food was out. He also had seizures though. During these shivering episodes, he didn't have dilated pupils like he did when seizing. Louie lived to be about 16 years old and he did the shivering thing for several years.

If she's having a seizure some of these symptoms could help you identify one:

  • drooling
  • dilated pupils (they will be quite large. you can check this with a flashlight if you can't tell from just looking)
  • tensed muscles (some seizures involve staring and not moving)
  • unable to respond when called, like she doesn't hear you
Those are just some things that can happen during a seizure episode. If you see any of those things, talk to your vet about it. With my dog's seizures there was nothing that could be done and he lived with them for years without issues.


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My Lady started doing the shaking thing a few weeks ago, the vet told us its common in older dogs, but she also did blood work just in case...She does it when shes excited, but also when shes overwhelmed it seems, since I am with her pretty much every moment of the day I have watched her closely...its a wierd thing

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-08-2009, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all your help...Meg's in and out of the vet for checks and things...she's had quite a few operations over the past couple years. She doesn't do anything else other than what I've explained and it's always when she's excited or looking forward to going out for her walks or something. I always tell the vet that she's still having these episodes and all three vets that work at my local surgery are convinced it's just a problem with her age and nothing else. It's a strange thing to see but, straight afterwards, she'll take her treat and run off to devour it as if it never happened. It's the blinking that's most creepy. The vet is at the end of my road so I'm always in there with one or other of my animals. I just wanted to know if anybody else had similar experiences and it's nice to know that it may just be something she has to live with and not something fatal! Thanks again!
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