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My maltese is shaking uncontrollably the last half

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My maltese is shaking uncontrollably for about the last half hour. A minute of quite vigorous shaking and then a lull of a few minutes with some gentle movement. He received an injection from his vet this morning for a skin allergy he has around his paws. We also gave him tablets earlier this afternoon that the vet gave us.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hello Dr. Jo.
Hi! Glad you're there. While it's important to emphasize that it's illegal, unethical, and a violation of the terms of use of this website for any vet to offer a diagnosis online, I want to ask you if you've ever heard of white shaker dog syndrome?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No I have not.
That's the first thing to come to mind when I read your description of what Toby is doing. You can learn more about it here...
Other things to consider are seizures or possible toxicities. Those would both cause him to be alarmingly affected in a very short amount of time and clearly in an emergency state. Constant tremors but otherwise acting okay is more typical of Shaker Dog Syndrome.
Interestingly enough, if this is WSDS, Toby's trip to the vet this afternoon and medications would just be a coincidence.
Is Toby arousable? Is he alert and responsive when you try to get him to take a treat or offer a car ride or other favorite thing?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
HIs vision seems to be poor as well in the last fifteen minutes though he is moving around more easily now.
Did he drool a bunch, vomit, have diarrhea, or urinate during the episode?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Some drooling but none of the others.
And is he still shaking, or has that subsided?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Not as bad as before but it is still following the original pattern of quite rigorous shaking and then a lull with gentle movement.
It is still possible this is a type of seizure behavior. Because of that possibility, the safest recommendation I can make is for you to take him to your closest emergency vet. If this is a seizure, you won't want to wait to get treatment for him. I'm sorry. I wish I had better news for you, but it's better to be safe than sorry in a situation like this, especially with such a tiny dog.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is there anything I can do for him to help?
I know it's awful to feel this helpless, but if this is a seizure, there isn't any help you can give him at home. All you can do is keep him as comfortable as possible and prevent him from hurting himself by falling. He needs medical attention.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for your help.
I'll keep my fingers crossed that he gets better quickly. Thank you for using our website.