pet health


Question by  shawmino (13)

Why does my springer spaniel have a leg that shakes?


Answer by  Charlotte32 (214)

One possibility is hip dysplasia, where the muscles surrounding a dog's hip atrophy and the dog loses strength in the attached limb. You might notice this especially when the dog is standing up. Check with your vet to be sure.


Answer by  SteveW (120)

Depending on age, this could be several things. Arthritis or nerves could be the answer. If it is only one leg, there could be nerve damage. Was there a recent injury? If it is a persistent occurrence, the best advice would be to get a vet appointment to diagnose the problem.


Answer by  ladybud (1069)

Could be a nerve is injured.But also could be nervous tick's.If the dog is older it could be losing power and the shake is from trying to balance.Could be a symptom of some thing serious.Take dog to vet get blood work see if the springer is clean from virus's.


Answer by  susan27 (24)

This can be normal. I have read that this is most common in terriers and white dogs. My wheaten terrier's legs shake when she's nervous or excited. Shaking can, however, indicate degenerative spinal disease or some other serious problem. Study your dog to see if it has any other unusual behaviors. When in doubt, consult your vet.


Answer by  sney17 (66)

It may be something as simple as he pushed his muscles too far that day. However, if this is a continuing issue, it may be the sign of a more serious problem such as muscle deterioration or hip displasia. You should take your animal to the vet if the problem persists.


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

If the dogs leg is shaking constantly , he may have hurt is leg somehow and needs to be taken to the vet to make sure you can cure the problem and the muscle.


Answer by  aleva932 (101)

There are any number of possible reasons. The most likely is just a spasm, he may have ran into something or else overworked a mussel thus sending it into spasm. It could also be a neurological disorder like epilepsy which is treatable in many dogs with medication you should consult with a vet.

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