Chihuahuas are well known to be forever shivering and shaking. Sometimes they shake so much that often owners that have very little experience are concerned that there is something seriously wrong with the Chihuahua’s health. As a result of this their carted off to the emergency vets when there is nothing wrong with them.
So, what causes your Chihuahua to shiver and shake? If you’re wanting to know the basic facts, this article has covered the main reasons behind this. If you are concerned for your pet’s health then you must visit the vets for expert advice.
The facts listed below are not exhaustive and your pet may need medical attention if you have any concerns.
First and foremost, one of the main reason your chihuahua shakes is because their cold. They weigh on average a small 2-4 pounds and are one of the smallest dog breeds on the planet; therefore, they are more likely to feel the cold then other dog breeds. Just like humans, Chihuahuas shiver when they are cold. This is to help speed up the blood through their body so they don’t become ill with hypothermia.
During the colder months, this dog breed doesn’t cope well with the drop-in temperature. If they had the ability to speak they would soon let you know that they were cold and needing a warm coat. The best way to tackle this is to purchase a couple of small jumpers from your local pet store and a blanket for their bed. Chihuahuas love to snuggle and bury themselves under a blanket. You shouldn’t let them shiver uncontrollably when their cold.
You can also hold them close to your chest so they can warm up if they’re still shivering when outdoors in the cold.
Like other small dog breeds, Chihuahuas shiver and shake when their nervous or frightened. If they have done something naughty you will find them in their bed shaking uncontrollably, nervous waiting for your reaction. You should never punish or shout at your dog, as you will make them more anxious. Instead use a firm voice (not raised) and tell them off in the right way. As their so small they are easily scared than most other dog breeds.
Chihuahuas are also prone to shaking when confronted by a larger dog breed when their close by. If the dog breed doesn’t seem too friendly, your little Chi is most likely to shake and their fur stand on end as they feel threatened and frightened. In this instance, you should separate both dogs as the Chi will try to attack as they feel threatened and they will most defiantly come off worst.
Excited for play
Chihuahuas are prone to shaking when they’re at the brink of receiving way too much excitement. It’s often cute and no cause for concern, but if their unable to stop, then you should probably stop the fun and games until they have managed to calm themselves down.
The sound from opening up their treat jar can send them into absolute meltdown with excitement! Remember not to give them too many treats, as small dog breeds are prone to becoming overweight and obese.
Suffering with hypoglycaemia
Unfortunately, Chihuahuas suffer with hypoglycaemia, which is low blood sugar and it is estimated that up to 10% of the chi population are suffers. Some of the systems include, no energy, uncontrollable shaking, lethargy. If this is left untreated they can then suffer with seizures and in some cases, it can be fatal.
Fortunately, this can be treated by feeding your Chi small meals throughout the day to keep their sugar levels up. You can also add a small teaspoon of sugar to their water in case of an emergency.
If your Chi shows are signs of a hypoglycaemic attack, then you must try and give them some water with added sugar to bring their sugar levels up. If you’re unsure of anything then it’s also recommended to visit the vets.
Finally, the shivering and shaking could also ne a sign of allergies or an allergic reaction. If they have in jested something or you have given them new food or new treats and the start to shake and show other signs then this might indicate that they’re experiencing an allergic reaction. If this is the case you must take the food away and closely monitor them and take them to the vets so they can have the once over. Allergic reactions can be serious and should not be taken lightly.