White Dog Shaker Syndrome
General information on White Dog Shaker Syndrome
White dog shaker syndrome occurs primarily in small breed dogs with white coats, hence the name, but can affect any breed. In this disease, there is a sudden development of continuous tremors or shaking. The disease can be mild to severe and in severe cases, the tremors can be bad enough to cause the dog to have difficulty standing or even walking. There appear to be no other neurological problems other than the tremors and there are no other health concerns. However, the tremors can be disabling. There is no known cause for this disease.
Symptoms of White Dog Shaker Syndrome
The symptoms for white dog shaker syndrome may be the sudden appearance of continuous and uncontrollable tremors, spontaneous and random movements of the eyes, and trembling of the entire body and head. The dog typically does not shake while it is sleeping. The tremors typically become worse the more the dog moves.
Treatments for White Dog Shaker Syndrome
The treatment for white dog shaker syndrome is usually just corticosteroids. These steroids typically begin to reverse the tremors within a few days. Some of the dogs with this disease will require an extended treatment and may even retain some degree of the tremors for the rest of its life. Sometimes, in rare occasions, a dog with this disease will spontaneously recover.
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White Dog Shaker Syndrome experience by - April
At about 1 1/2 years old my Maltese starting to shake uncontrollably out of the blue to the point where it was hard to walk. I took her to the emergency vet the next day -- saturday -- and they gave me antibiotics, which didn't help at all. I took her to my vet on Monday and she was put in care for poisoning to have her stomach pumped, thinking she had eaten something bad. When that didn't help, my vet uncovered white dog shaker syndrome. My dog was given steriods and improved within five days. She was on them for the next two months and is now six years old. The condition has never returned. To the person that posted before whose vet told them the dog might die from this needs to get the dog on the steroids and get a new vet. There is no reason for a dog to suffer from this condition at all, let alone die from it.
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