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Old 01-12-2013, 08:21 PM
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It could be a seizure. This was the problem with my dog. Nothing to be too worried about, but it should be taken into consideration. If it doesn't straighten out ask the vet if this could be a possibility. If it is there is medication available that will take care of it.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:18 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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folks- this thread is almost FOUR years old even though it does have some similar inquiries ONLY 2 years old.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:45 AM
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Originally Posted by no kudzu View Post
folks- this thread is almost FOUR years old even though it does have some similar inquiries ONLY 2 years old.
City Data encourages members to revive old threads if additional helpful information can be provided.

On that note, I'll share what I learned recently about shivering and panting from the vet that cared for my dog during my road trip. Shivering can be due to many things ranging from excitement to pain. Panting means a dog is in discomfort (i.e., pain) and some other things. Since most people assume panting means a dog is thirsty, here's a detailed webpage about various causes of panting: Dog Panting | Excessive Heavy Panting in Dogs

Based on my personal experience, if a dog is trembling, panting AND staying near me, that dog is in pain. It could be just stress, anxiety, fears, but I'd definitely have a vet do a workup to rule out physical causes that could result in pain before I discounted it as all in their heads.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:56 AM
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My dog, Shebie, has recently been having similar problems. They started about a week ago. She's absolutely fine some of the time, and then she starts trembling and panting a lot. She's also become a lot more clingy than usual. Nothing in her life has changed, and I don't understand what's wrong with her?

Also, the other night she went crazy- she jumped up at the door loads, as if desperate to get out- something she never usually does at night time. She was also barking very loudly.

If you get any good answers to what might be causing this or what we can do to help please let me know! Thanks very much
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:10 AM
Location: Under the Redwoods
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In the oldest of posts it was mentioned that no food changes had been made. However, while one my buy the same food, the food can change without our knowledge.
My jack-rat terrier started shaking and panting from a food allergy. She also developed hives.
Shaking is 'normal' for her, she vibrates often even when wearing her sweater. So the shivering did not tip us off, but the panting sure did.

It seems odd to me that this is only happening at night, or just on occasion. What a strange mystery.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:12 AM
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Default PLEase help me

Did you ever figure out the problem my pit bull is acting literally the exact same way but does not swing from brances. she is acting very strange also she jumped in the bath water with my daughter just stood there and shook! please let me know if going to the vet is nessisary expenses are high and im not in any position to take her at the moment! she acts like she is scared of the house we have been living there almost a year now! she just pants and shakes at night and finally she relax and fall asleep! the acts normal at times as well too

Originally Posted by cconti77 View Post
Just started with my 6-7Yo Pitbull, she has never acted like this before. All same symptoms, starting shaking a lot, panting / heavy breathing, follows me around, climbs onto weird furniture, sits by door, follows me around, acts very anxious and nervous, timid. Always wanting to go outside.This lasts for a half hour to a few hours then stops completely and she is back to normal then sometimes happens again. More often at night I have found but not limited to.

She seems to stop shaking and get back to her normal self if I take her outside but then as soon as we are back in the building she doesnt want to come in?? Like there is something evil in the apartment, then sits by door??? We have lived here for almost 6 months and no issues. Up until this point she was very very happy here as it was a upgrade.

Strange thing is this all started a week or two ago, first time after swinging from a branch in the park (with jaw, she loves to play) and lasted on and off for a few days. Then again also after another session on branch, could be unrelated but for now this is all I have to go on. Currently trying to determine type of tree.

Very strange???? I dont have much money at the moment so lots of vet visits are not an option. Very worried about her tho.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:29 PM
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My dog just started acting the same way in the last 3 days. This happened about 4 yrs. ago and I to her to the vet and they gave her a shot for anxiety and she was fine till now. She is an 8 yrs old maltese and has always been in great health. We are going to the vet today. I cannot take another night of this. I cannot even get any sleep.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:35 PM
Location: South Carolina
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she sounds horribly stressed and my dog does this very behavior whenever we have a thunder storm . Yeah i would definately try and get some kind of med for the dog from the vet so whenever she exps this you can keep her calm with meds . Good Luck to you .
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:52 PM
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Default German Shepherd Problem

We have a 3 year old German Shepherd. She is fearless and has never been scared of anything. About 2 weeks ago she started the same behavior as described in many of the above posts. She starts by getting quiet and will not eat anything, even her treats. She starts shaking hard followed by moderate to heavy panting. She also licks her lips. She then wants up on my lap and very clingy. This lasts anywhere from a few minutes to almost an hour. She then gradually starts to go back to normal. During these episodes she is alert, her eyes are not dilated and they react to light appropriately. We took her to the vet and her blood work came back normal, but they did put her on an anti seizure medication called Gabapentin 300 mg, twice a day. Almost immediately, within one day she stopped these episodes. That lasted about 3 days. We failed to give her the morning dose. We did give it to her later in the morning, but this afternoon she had a very bad episode. Not sure if it is because we skipped the dose on time or something else triggered it. I am not sure what is happening. It came on so sudden. We are going to follow back up with our vet a couple of days before she runs out of her medication to see where we go from here. The only thing that came up slightly abnormal on her blood work was her sodium was one point high, which they said was nothing to worry about.
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:07 PM
Location: SE Michigan
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My standard response: Vets are not infallible. Also some symptoms are very confusing.
If a vet can't figure something out quickly, get another opinion. Preferably from a veterinary specialist.
Your current vet should have a whole file of specialists to refer clients to, if s/he cannot figure something out right quick. IMHO, a vet that does not do this is negligent.

Do not wait until your meds run out, call ASAP and insist on a referral. Strangers on the internet cannot diagnose your dog. That is what you paid your vet do do...if s/he can't do that, find another vet.
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