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    Senior Member stevenham's Avatar
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    My dog is shivering.

    My dog has started shivering time to time starting a few days ago. I am pretty sure its not because he's cold because it isn't cold in the house.

    I quit smoking 2 weeks ago, so I must admit that my patience level is very low and I get irritated and frustrated very easily now. I am aware that this is probably effecting my dog in a very negative way. I am not as friendly to him, and I think I have been getting more strict (in a scary way for the dog) because I can't tolerate some of the small things he does that never bothered me before. I don't hit him, but I'm sure he can sense the irritability and anger in my voice and eyes. I feel really bad for the dog, because he seems to shiver when he's on my lap or when I look at him. There's really nothing much I can do to control my patience and frustration, and I am certainly not going to start smoking just to make the dog feel better.

    I don't think the situation is going to get better any time soon. Is it selfish to just let the dog be afraid of me (if that's what it is) for the next few weeks or months? I don't want to sound selfish, but as much as I love my dog, my well being is much more important than the dog's.

    Just some random thoughts...could it be that my dog was addicted to nicotine and he's acting this way because he's not getting his fix? I didn't smoke in the house, but he is usually sitting right next to me while I smoke outside, plus all the smoke on my clothes couldn't be good either. I smoked a pack a day, so he must have been exposed to a lot of nicotine.
    I also know hes been suffering from constipation and diarrhea for the past 3 weeks after changing to hypoallergenic food. Could it be that he's trying to tell me that he's not feeling well?

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    Re: My dog is shivering.

    I think a lot of people will disagree with me. I am going to say that, Yes you are irritated because you are going through nicotine withdrawal. Since you know that then it is your choice and yours alone on how you respond to those feelings. It is not the dogs fault. If the dog is irritating you, you need to find a coping strategy. That might mean finding a way to distance yourself from the dog. If you really believe he is not feeling well, you may want to take him to the vet. Sounds to me like he really may be phsycally ill. Dogs do shake when they are nervous, but do it more so when they are in pain. Please don't let this slide. I know you love your dog so do what is best for him and take him to the vet and try to be patient when you are around him. Kudos to you for kicking the nicotine habit, I hope it makes you feel better both phsycally and emotionally. You should be very proud of yourself, most people don't even try.
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    Re: My dog is shivering.

    One of my dogs shivered when he herniated a disc in his back. My guess is that either your dog is in pain or scared. I don't know for sure, but doubt it's the nicotine. Especially since you quit smoking 2 weeks ago and he's just started shivering. Did you quit cold turkey? Would it help to quit more gradually with gum or a patch? I've never smoked, so I don't know what it feels like. My ex smoked and every once in awhile would quit and would be extremely grumpy. Is there anyway that you could do yoga or something else relaxing? Just trying to think of ideas for you.

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    Re: My dog is shivering.

    I just went cold turkey. I've tried to quit more gradually, but it never worked. Ive been chewing a lot of gum, but my craving for actually holding a cigarrette and smoking it is much much stronger. I usually like to relax by just watching some tv, but there are just those times/situations throughout the day that trigger my irritation. The busy schoolwork doesn't help at all either.

    I am starting to think that it may be because he is in pain. I took him out for a walk, and he tried to poo, but nothing came out. He just had a bit of diarreha in the house about an hour ago and I have noticed that he has stopped shivering. I would think that if he was shivering because he was scared, he should be trembling with fear right now... He is sitting on my lap and he is fine now. I'd like to just go to the vet, but I know that they will not even give me a clear answer and simply push all sorts of tests. Ugh..damn petsmart vet.

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    Re: My dog is shivering.

    Congrats on stopping smoking!

    If you think that your dog tried to go to the bathroom but could not, you may be dealing with some sort of blockage and DEFINITELY need to get him checked out. He may also have eaten something that he was not supposed to or he may be struggling with (or allergic to) the new food. How slowly did you transition him from one food to the next?
    As for being grumpy, know that he loves you and trusts you to care for him and provide for him. While quitting smoking was a GREAT decision, the fact that you are going through withdrawal should have NO impact on how you treat him. Just remember, he is the same cute dog that you tolerated three weeks ago...he hasn't changed! =) Best wishes.
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    Re: My dog is shivering.

    My dog is a Maltese and has been diagnosed with something called "White Shaker Syndrome." He will shake for minutes at a time. The treatment is a course of Prednisone, which will cause him to drink a lot more water (which means more walks!) and possibly a small amount of weight gain. Maybe you need to take your dog to the vet.

    He will shake when he has to go to the bathroom - he would apparently shake himself to pieces than pee/poop on the peepads.

    He is also nervous about going someplace in the car (but will sleep like a baby on the way home.)

    He just had a bit of diarreha in the house about an hour ago and I have noticed that he has stopped shivering. I would think that if he was shivering because he was scared, he should be trembling with fear right now...
    Your attitude on this scares me to death and is 100% wrong. If he's had the runs for weeks but you haven't accommodated him by taking him out more often, and if you can't be understanding about his discomfort, then YOU are the one with the problem.

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