If your dog developed an upset stomach and is shaking, you may be worried by these events. As if seeing your dog vomiting wasn't worrisome enough, now you must also be concerned about the additional shaking. So why is your dog shaking?
There may be various possibilities, but as always, only your vet can really determine the exact underlying cause for your dog's shaking after having an upset stomach. A good place to start if your dog is shaking after vomiting, is to perform a quick health check-up. Following are some guidelines.
Quick Health Check-Up
Start by checking the color of your dog's gums. They should be a healthy bubble gum pink. Then, press on the gums, how long does it take for them to return to their normal color? The color should come back very quickly. According to veterinarian Ron Hines, the color should preferably come back within 1.5 seconds and no more than 2 seconds. Pull the skin over your dog's back to check for signs of dehydration. In a well hydrated dog, it should spring back immediately. Take your dog's rectal temperature. Normal temperature in dogs is between 100.5 and 102.5.
If you notice pale gums, a delay in capillary refill time (the time it takes for the gums to return their normal color after you press on them) a delay in your dog's skin springing back or an abnormal temperature, see your vet immediately. If your dog checked out fine, here are few possible causes for his shaking and upset stomach, but consider that these may still warrant a vet visit.
Not Feeling Good
This is often seen in small dogs who are more likely to easily shiver. Min pins and Chihuahuas for example are known to shiver a lot whether they are excited, frightened or simply in discomfort, explains veterinarian Denise Colgrove. These dogs aren't necessarily in pain, but may feel uncomfortable. The shivering may occur before vomiting or having a bout of diarrhea and may continue if the dog is still not feeling too well. Typically, the shivering is off and on, off and on, as when they are cold. These dogs may stop shivering once they start feeling better and the nausea subsides.
While it's true that not feeling well is enough to cause shaking in small dogs before, during or after having an upset stomach, it's also important to consider that small dogs and young puppies are also prone to developing a glucose imbalance. Basically, in small dogs their blood sugar levels may drop low especially if they haven't eaten for some time. According to veterinarian Dr. Fiona, in a small dog, blood sugar levels can drop low pretty significantly when they go as long as 6 hours without eating.
To remedy this, you can rub about 1/2 teaspoon of karo syrup, corn syrup, honey or pancake syrup (make sure these don't contain any artificial sweeteners) on the dog's gums or let the dog lick your fingers. This should perk the dog up and reduce the shivering within about 10 minutes if that's the problem, but should the shivering continue and the dog appear lethargic, see your vet at once.
A Sign of Pain
In some cases, dogs shaking with an upset stomach can be a sign of pain. There are many gastrointestinal conditions in dogs which can cause abdominal pain. Often shivering will be accompanied by other signs of pain such as whining, stretching, heavy breathing, panting, a distended abdomen and growling. If your dog appears in pain, see your vet as it can sometimes be suggestive of serious conditions such as bloat, pancreatitis or an intestinal blockage.
Exposure to Toxins
[adinserter block="5"]The inquisitive nature of dogs along with their past as scavengers may predispose them to ingesting things they aren't supposed to. There are several toxins that can cause tremors and shaking in dogs. For example, chocolate, xylitol, snail baits are just a few products that may lead to muscle tremors.
Symptoms of exposure to toxins may vary but usually include tremors, weakness, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. If you suspect your dog ingested something potentially toxic, call your vet right away or call the Animal Poison Central at 888-426-4435 (a consultation fee applies).
Sign of Kidney Failure
Often seen in elderly dogs, kidney failure is known for causing affected dogs to feel under the weather and sick to their stomachs. The shaking in a dog with kidney failure can be due to weakness or little control over electrolytes such as potassium and calcium which are known to affect muscle function, explains veterinarian Dr. Dan. Unless the dog has kidney stones, kidney failure is not painful per se but affected dogs will often feel tired and their stomach may be upset.
As seen, there are just a few of various causes of dog shaking with an upset stomach and these can range from mild to even life-threatening. If the shaking doesn't subside and your dog presents accompanying symptoms, it's always best to play it safe and see the vet.