Last Modified on Jun 16, 2014
Shaker Syndrome or white shaker syndrome is a poorly understood malady, largely affecting small dog breeds, that causes uncontrollable shaking. White shaker usually strikes dogs when they are young, and seems to strike dogs with white fur most often, which explains the name. An autoimmune and neurological interaction seems to be at fault, but generally dogs are able to endure the condition, which can be kept at bay through various therapies.
Natural Pet Care for White Shaker Dog Syndrome
If your dog is suffering from white shaker syndrome and you're looking for an effective pet remedy the place to start would be with our resident naturopath's recommendation to give your dog supplemental L-histidine in order to moderate immune function. Also be aware that this may be a side effect of certain dog vaccinations.
10/23/2011: Pilarcita from Apple Valley, CA, USA: "I have a six yr. old white maltese that started shaking vigorously two days ago. I thought he was afraid of new dogs and puppies that we have in the house but it has continued and he seems to have weak limbs to jump on the sofa. He only wants to seat and is not eating very much unless I bring the food up to him. He's always been a very active dog, very happy, he is not like that anymore. I looked it up in the internet and came across a syndrome on maltese and white dogs called White Shaker Syndrome, which describe exactly what is happening to my dog Coco. I was planning on taking him to the vet this Monday but I have read also that the meds given to dogs for that are not good for them "PREDNISONE". They sometimes called this syndrome seizures... Will coconut oil be good for treating him? Please tell me what you recommend for treating him naturally.. I am a Reiki healer and have also been doing reiki on him... He has improved from two days ago, but I want him to be back to normal and want to treat him naturally.... PLEASE HELP.. Thank you... Rocio"
11/12/2011: P. from Anonymous: "Hello Ted, I am very concerned about my 6 yr. old maltese dog. He has always been a very active, happy dog until two days ago. He started shaking vigorously and would not eat and seemed to be terribly afraid to just move. His limbs became very weak and is difficult for him to even jump on the sofa anymore. His gums look healthy and I checked his limbs for breakage and he's ok. My bf brought his dog to stay wt us and ended up being pregnant and having puppies, I thought he was reacting to the change of having puppies and all the attention on the other dog. I looked it up on the internet and found that these small white dogs can suffer from a syndrome called white shaker syndrome. They are usually treated with PREDNISONE which I have read is not very good to give to animals because of the side effects. I am planning on taking him to the vet this monday to get a diagnosis but I do not want to treat him wt drugs, I want to treat him naturally. He has improved in the past day though. I hand fed him and he looks a little more relaxed. I am a Reiki healer and have been doing reiki on him also. Can you please let me know the best way to treat him... I will greatly appreciate it.. Could you also start a new entry under ailments for this syndrome... I'm pretty sure there are many of us that are looking for a natural treatment for this syndrome...
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11/12/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "The white shaker syndrome is best handled by lowering the autoimmune where lymphocytes are found in the brain as a result of mainly l-histidine deficiency, which we would lower that instead of suppressing with prednisone. Histidine is taken at 500 mg per day until symptoms vanish, there are other supporting remedies, such as some vitamin C and B complex that can be given. Although a little hard to find you can get L histidine in the internet.
06/16/2014: Rocio from Corona, Ca replies: "Hello Ted and thank you for helping with this issue...my dog is experiencing the same issue again..the shaking, tilting of the head, and very uncomfortable ... how much vitamin C can I give him? and B complex? Do I use the same pills that I buy for us to take? Thanks for your help..."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 04/14/2008: Dee from Redmond, OR: "Beardsley is a two year old Miki; mix of Maltese, Papillon and Japanese Chin. My vet mentioned that about six weeks after the injection some of the small dogs loose the hair at the site of injection. Instead, five weeks after the injection Beardsley has developed an autoimmune neurological disorder, White Shaker Syndrome. He has fairly violent full body tremors. Steroids are slowing them down, but I have yet to see if the steroids will put him into a full remission and there is a possibility of relapse under stress or with annual vaccinations for the rest of his life. A holistic vet tells me it is possible to get a waver for the rabies vaccine with a neurological disorder. It seems a bit late, but perhaps he will gain a full remission and become himself again. His former animated self is under the bed the majority of the time and quivering uncontrollably, especially with noises like the phone ringing. I did this so he could go to an obedience class, that he can not now attend. Ironic, eh?! -Dee L."