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Our dog Bonnie has started shivering uncontrollably, No.

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Our dog Bonnie has started shivering uncontrollably
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did this shivering start? Have you noticed any coughing, limping, or drooling as well?
Customer: No. Started about 20minutes ago.
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bonnie aged 18 months
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: Not really. She's been perfectly healthy.
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.

I am sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Bonnie.

What breed is she?

Any other signs such as panting, a limp, a fever or vomiting?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Cavapoovhon. Panting s bit
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Thank you.

Are there thunderstorms where you are?

Has she been running about outside?

Any chance she has hurt herself or ingested a toxin?

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

I'm afraid I cannot make calls but can continue talking via typing if that is ok.

Are there thunderstorms where you are?

Has she been running about outside?

Any chance she has hurt herself or ingested a toxin?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
No storms
She has been in all day apart from a short walk.
Don't think she's hurt herself or ingested a toxin.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Thank you.

Has she been spayed?

Is she off her food, vomiting or passing loose stool?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
she's been spayed.
She's been eating normally and no vomiting or loose stools.
She's just standing and shaking
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Bless her, ok.

Is she physically able to walk across the room without limping?

Does she seem weak or wobbly?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
she just followed me to the toilet
Doesn't seem weak or wobbly but looks like she's in distress.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Understood, ok.

And any other signs at all?

Perhaps bum scooting, red gums, head shaking, a smelly ear or paw licking?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
No, none of that.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Ok, thank you.

And would you say she is getting better or worse in the last 20 minutes?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
About the same.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Okay.

Thank you for all of these answers.

So sudden shivering and panting can have several causes including:

  • A source of pain like abdominal cramps or an ear infection
  • Anxiety (perhaps due to something going on that is not obvious to humans; like wildlife in the garden or a change in the air pressure)
  • An unseen toxin ingestion
  • A fever
  • Nausea

If she is really not herself, to the point it concerns you, a vet visit now is best.

This is so we can check her over and determine what exactly is going on.

She may well need some medicine such as anti inflammatories, pain relief or anti nausea medicine.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
OK. How can I get the medicine at this time of night?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

You need to bring her to an out of hours clinic.

All vets offer out of hours services, but they may be based at their clinic or elsewhere.

If you call the vet where she is registered, they will direct you where to go.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
OK thanks.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Not at all.

Hopefully she soon settles and is feeling better.

This window will remain open and you can check back in at any time.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Thanks
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.
Hi there, how is Bonny doing?
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
She recovered after half an hour and was fine yesterday.
Thanks for asking.
Phil
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.
Oh good! Thank you for letting me know.