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Why is my Bichon Frise shaking?

Bichon Frise is a beautiful dog that seems to hold a smile no matter the time of the day. The sunny disposition it carries around never fails to bring a smile to the people around it. This is why it can be worrisome when it just exhibits symptoms of unwellness such as shaking or involuntary tremors. For some dog breeds, shaking can be just a manifestation that their furbaby is happy or excited. They shake to release excess energy which is particularly common among little pups due to their weak grasp on their impulses. There are also instances when shaking among dogs should be a source of concern since it may be due to medical conditions such as dyskinesia, epilepsy, and white shaker syndrome.

If you see your Bichon Frise shakes, then one of the reasons could be the disorder known as bichon dyskinesia. This is a neurological problem that is characterized by involuntary skeletal muscle movement without the loss of consciousness. It is often mistaken for a seizure due to the shakes but this is a different disorder entirely which sometimes affects the limbs and makes your furbaby look uncoordinated. When bichon dyskinesia hits, the symptoms can last just seconds but it can manifest several times in a short period.

Your Bichon Frise may be suffering from epilepsy if you find it shaking. This disorder is often characterized by seizures that usually begin at 6 months to 3 years of age. Bichons Frises suffering from this disorder lose control of their limbs and they also develop froth in their mouth. They also convulse and fall over. If your pet is suffering from this condition, you can help it out by preventing it from hurting itself. However, it is not recommended to go near the mouth area especially since during this episode, your Bichon Frise could accidentally bite you. The episodes could also last mere seconds, but if it still doesn’t stop within a 5-minute period then a trip to the emergency room of your vet is already in order.

Bichons Frises are small dogs that often have a white coat. Unfortunately for this type of dog breeds, they could be affected by a white shaker syndrome. From the name itself, this is accompanied by shaking or tremors and it affects little white dogs aged 1 to 7 years old. Tremors could be severe and there are instances when medications help in preventing this.

When Bichon Frise starts to exhibit shaking, then no matter the cause, a trip to the vet is necessary. This is most especially if the shaking is accompanied by other symptoms. Vets could help check the causes and the right treatment for your furbaby. They could also help bring back your Bichon Frise to a healthy condition. You may also want to film the episodes when you witness it to your furbaby. In that way, your vet could see what he is dealing with and could provide the right assessment.

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Written by Susan Sullinger

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