Help for a Trembling Dog
by Robert J. Childs and Vet Suggestion on how to help a trembling dog
(Annapolis, MD 21403)
Reader question for our Vet on possible causes of a dog trembling symptoms shown by a Jack Russell Terrier
Harry Brown is a Jack Russell Terrier, 14 years and 2 months old. About 3 years ago his bright white coat began to look dingy and he developed a distinct tremble, almost a shiver at times.
The vet thought the tremble was excitement at first. Then the fur on top of his tail began to fall out and not re grow. Currently he shakes, shudders and shivers frequently and has a dingy brownish coat. The top of his tail is bereft of fur.
The shudders can be interrupted if you get his attention abruptly. He is also slowly but surely losing his hearing and vision, which I would believe are age related.
We had extensive testing done and the prognosis was a hormone imbalance which was probably not treatable. They alluded to the fact that fur growth on the top of the tail was attributed to a single hormone. (I don't believe they really had a clue as to what any of the symptoms pointed to after we spent about 4 thousand dollars on tests.)
No disrespect to our caring Veterinarians.
Do you have an opinion?
Annapolis, MD Vet Recommendation for Dog Trembling
I’m afraid that without seeing the results of Harry Brown’s work-up I can’t really give you an informed opinion about what might be going on with him. As you have already unfortunately discovered, diagnosing the cause of hair loss, particularly when it is not associated with itching, can be very difficult.
A hormonal imbalance is certainly a strong possibility, and some do not respond very well to treatment.
If you still have questions about Harry’s case, it might not be a bad idea to collect the results of all the testing that he has undergone and make an appointment for a second opinion. A board-certified internal medicine specialist or dermatologist might be your best bet.
If you can provide copies of your records to the veterinarian before your appointment, he or she can perform and exam, ask any questions that arose during the records review, and perhaps give you some additional insights.
Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM