4 Reasons Why Your Dog is Shaking and Not Eating/Drinking
A dog shaking and not eating or drinking is definitely a sign that something could be seriously wrong and often times will require vet attention. While sometimes the reason is simple and not too serious, it’s always best to take your dog to the vet if you see this behavior lasting for more than a few hours. Below are some of the most common reasons as to why your dog is shaking and not eating or drinking.
1.Your Dog is Suffering from Illness
An illness could be the reason why your dog keeps shaking and is not eating or drinking, and some of these illnesses can be life-threatening if not treated quickly. Canine distemper, generalized tremor syndrome, liver disease, and kidney disease are all possibilities. Fleas, ticks, intestinal worms, and neurological issues might be the culprit.
Other medical issues such as a fever might also be causing these symptoms in your dog. The most common reason for a fever in dogs is kennel cough, which is similar to the human flu. Kennel cough is an infection that will go away by itself after about a week. You should never give your dog human antibiotics or other medications in hopes to resolve the issues because that could cause more damage.
2. Your Dog Has an Upset Stomach
An upset stomach could be causing your dog not to eat or drink and to shake, and it’s something that should resolve by itself after a few hours. Upset stomach could be caused by numerous things such as eating too quickly, eating something your dog shouldn’t have, and going through some motion sickness.
Your dog also could have an upset stomach if they have to take medications as many medications can cause nausea. There are more serious reasons for an upset stomach that could require vet attention, such as your dog eating a toxic plant or other toxic materials. If you suspect toxins are the cause, you should take your dog immediately to the vet to be checked out because it could be life-threatening.
3. Your Dog is Super Stressed or Anxious
A dog shaking that isn’t eating or drinking could simply be too anxious or stressed out. Even small changes you might not think about could cause stress or anxiety in your pet. If you have moved to new surroundings, you could see the stress of that situation play out with your dog not eating. Dogs also can get motion sickness, so if you have been traveling with your pet you should be aware of that. Motion sickness in dogs, just like in people, will result in your pet not wanting to eat anything.
4. Your Dog is Cold
Certain dog breeds like chihuahuas and greyhounds can be sensitive to the cold. In addition to their body shaking and trembling, you may also notice signs and symptoms like cold ears, lethargic movements, and whining. In this instance, a warm coat will do the job. A dog raincoat may also be appropriate for dog walks so that your dog’s fur and coat doesn’t get wet.
What Do You Feed a Sick Dog with No Appetite?
A dog that has no appetite is difficult to feed because they don’t want to eat anything. There are certain foods that might help your dog so the focus should be on these types of foods. Pumpkin and sweet potato are both high in fiber and can help ease digestive issues, such as an upset stomach. Canned pumpkin will work well or you can add up to four tablespoons of pumpkin to some dog food to entice eating.
Shredded chicken or chicken and rice are mild foods that are often found in dog food. It’s easy to eat and process so it’s a good starting point. You also can use baby food, specifically, the baby food that has meat chunks in it. Baby food is also a great way to feed your dog medications if the shaking and not eating was caused by an illness or other medical issue.
Stories from dog owners
Here are some stories that you may relate to when it comes to dogs that shake and stops eating.
Story #1 – Not eaten in 2 days
My poor dog is constantly shivering and hasn’t eaten in 2 days. He hasn’t been showing other concerning symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea. I haven’t been able to take him to the vet yet as they are closed. What could be causing my dog to shiver like this?
Story #2 – Shaking and eyes closed
Recently, my dog’s body has started to shake more often than usual. His eyes are also a bit red and seems closed all the time. He doesn’t want to eat anything we give him, even if it’s his favorite treats!
Story #3 – Shaking after a vet visit
My dog went to get her yearly shots at the vet yesterday. She was fine during the car ride back but started shaking as soon as we got back home. She refuses to eat or drink. The strange thing is what happened this morning. It’s been about twelve hours since she got her shots so we decided to take her out to the yard. As soon as was outside, she was jumping around like crazy and being her usual active self. She started shaking again, however, when we went back inside.