Last Modified on Sep 04, 2013
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.
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[SIDE EFFECTS] 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.