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Posted : 3/12/2008 7:14:56 PM
i have noticed that my dog trembles or shakes after he eats. its not severe, just a slight trembling for a few seconds, then it stops, then starts again. this happens for 15-30 minutes after he eats, and i was wondering if anyone has seen this before or knows why it would be happening??
Posted : 3/12/2008 7:22:19 PM
Sorry I need more specifics. Shaking where? Limbs? the whole body? jaw/head?
I've known lots of dogs who got so excited about food that their head/jaw would tremble (I had one girl whose teeth would chatter!)
How old is the dog? Is it when the dog is standing? Lying down? Does massage alleviate it?
Posted : 3/12/2008 7:24:55 PM
Posted : 3/12/2008 9:21:34 PM
his whole body trembles, but its very subtle, and its after he eats, so i dont think its being excited about food.. he is 4 years old, and it happens when he is sitting or lying down.. if i put my hand on him and rub him it usually stops.. and only happens after eating.. i will call the vet tommorow and ask but i wanted to see if anyone here had advice..
Posted : 3/12/2008 10:11:37 PM
I've seen dogs tremble with the effort of standing too long .. but if he's doing it lying down as well ... altho I'd wonder how scared he is of being attacked for his food (altho you'd think that would manifest WHILE eating not after).
Posted : 3/13/2008 7:37:36 AM
Are you feeding your dog a raw diet or homecooked diet? If so, you might need to adjust his calcium/phosphorous or calcium/oxalate ratio. Phosphorous and oxalates bind with calcium in the bloodstream, if your dog's diet is imbalanced and not high enough in calcium to balance out the phosphorous and oxalates, it could cause trembling (muscle tremors) -- the information below may give you more insight into this.
Posted : 3/13/2008 6:30:06 PM
nope- not a raw or homecooked diet- he gets Canidae ALS with some Wellness wet food (95% salmon/chicken/turkey)
Posted : 3/14/2008 5:33:38 PM
This could be some type of digestive pain (gas, ulcer, etc.). Have you tried a digestive aid like Bertes Digestion Blend(link)? Smaller more frequent meals might help.
L-Glutamine(link) helps to heal the digestive tract. 500 mg per 30 pounds of body weight
Slippery Elm is a good herb to use to soothe the digestive tract.
I mentioned that Ginger is a good herb to mix with Slippery Elm to insure against an unusual overcoating of the intestines. In fact, Ginger is a good addition anytime because it significantly increases the focus and action of Slippery Elm in every way. I would mix 1/4 to 1/2 part Ginger for each one part Slippery Elm. Most often the powdered form works best for these mixtures, yet chunks of each herb, simmered together, make a potent tea or decoction.
Please be sure not to pet or cuddle the dog when he is trembling!! That will teach him to tremble to get attention. You would never know when he is well.
Posted : 4/5/2008 6:21:34 AM
There is a post on this board about Canidae ALS and dogs getting ill from it. I don't know if there is any truth to that but I would check this link http://forum.dog.com/forums/t/77476.aspx
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