Shaker Syndrome in Dogs

Shaker syndrome is the term that refers to a disorder which causes a dog's entire body to shake. Also known as White dog shaker syndrome, idiopathic steroid responsive shaker syndrome, shaker dog syndrome and "little white shakers" syndrome; Latin name Idiopathic Cerebellitis, the disorder is due to inflammation of the cerebellum (part of brain that controls movements) for unknown reasons.

There is a sudden onset of the disease at one to two years of age. It is more likely to occur, and the symptom is worse during times of stress. Nystagmus, difficulty walking, and seizures may occur in some dogs.

While dogs of any age and breed can be affected by this disorder, the condition is predominantely seen in small, white dogs like maltese, bichons and west highland white terriers.

Symptoms associated with this disorder are:

Diffuse body tremors

May be mistaken for anxiety, or low body temperature (hypothermia) 

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