Most dogs often shake and shiver when they are cold or got wet. Small breed dogs sometimes shake or tremble for no apparent reason. If your pet is shaking or shivering for a long time then you need to take your dog to your veterinarian and check the eyes, heart, respiratory rate and other check up to get accurate diagnosis of the cause of shaking. The check up will also cut out the wrong assumption of other type of serious illness symptoms.

Causes of dog symptoms shaking or shivering

  • fever
  • feeling cold
  • scared
  • addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism)
  • outer ear infection
  • ear mites
  • food allergies which lead to itchy ears
  • loss of balance


  • Dr. Winnie, Veterinarian

    Dr. Winnie earned a Master in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria's Veterinary School. She is a full-time Veterinarian specializing in internal medicine for companion animals.