Doberman Forum : Doberman Breed Dog Forums banner

1 - 19 of 19 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hey guys,

Ripley has started a new thing recently and I'm starting to get worried. It's getting colder here so at first I dismissed his shivering as a reaction to the weather but now I'm starting to think it's something else. It's been going on for about two weeks now. I've done everything I can think of to warm him up but nothing is working. Last night he crawled up on the bed with me and I buried him in blankets and he still shook.

On top of the trembling I haven't been able to get enough water in him. He will drink until he's sick and then he'll drink some more. I've caught him licking the bath tub more than once. I work during the day but I leave a bowl of fresh water for him in the kitchen and then try and give him as much as he wants when I get home. Except he can't get enough!

I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this? Maybe he's super dehydrated somehow and that's why he's shivering?

Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated!
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,011 Posts
Ruger seems to do that too. Only when he is real tired and ready to fall asleep. I have no problem with water though. I think his shivering is from just being tired, or at least I hope so. I will keep tabs on this thread just in case.
 

·
In training
Joined
·
1,263 Posts
Drinking that much water is not normal. I'd say see a vet. Trembling always makes me think of Addisons because that's what we first noticed with our sick bull terrier.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,449 Posts
2 weeks is a long time to be having an issue. I'd get him to a vet for an evaluation.
 
  • Like
Reactions: LindaH

·
Registered
Joined
·
855 Posts
If it were just the trembling I wouldn't be terribly concerned. Tater does the same thing as Doberdeer's dog. The drinking is what would have me worried and is worth a vet visit.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,803 Posts
Trembling can also be a sign of a fever, what is his temp? Drinking a lot of water is a big concern, it is a symptom of many diseases/conditions and should be looked at promptly.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,355 Posts
Let us know what you find out.....
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
21,746 Posts
I would get a full thyroid panel run if he's shivering all the time. Low thyroid can cause a decrease in actual body temperature.
 

·
denormalized
Joined
·
5,824 Posts
That was my first thought ^^^ - get a thyroid panel done. My hypothyroid dog has to sleep under the bedclothes in winter. I made him his own quilt and he sleeps on the bed snuggled up to one of us with the quilt on and we keep the house at 63*F in winter. He shivers easily and gets hot easily. He will start wearing jammies during the day soon, and he drinks a lot of water when his thyroid meds are too low. (At least that's how I remember it). Now that he is on full meds, he still gets cold and he will never get over that. He has a good coat and his hair grows in quickly from an injury and he eats an awful lot and is not fat normally, but he still feels the cold. Sometimes he actually feels warm to the touch when he is shivering but if I feel his breath it is coming out cold - usually after he has been outside for too long without jammies and it is freezing (like this morning).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,434 Posts
Nietzsche trembles a lot, and he gradually got worse over the past year or so. I had his thyroid re-tested, and his levels were almost undetectable. Now that he is on meds, his coat is slowly improving, and he doesn't seem to be quite as chilly all the time.

He definitely does not complain if you throw a blanket over him though. ;) His ears turn into popcicles during the winter. I think I'm going to get/make a snood for him this year.
 

·
terriorist entertainer
Joined
·
2,404 Posts
I noticed no one mentioned full liver test too. ...shivering and thirst were Zil's first symptoms.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Checking on the vet visit for trembling and excessive water drinking...

Hi Parker,

I just posted something similar with my dog Lexi and we've been to the vet the past 10 days doing *alot* of tests. Wanted to see if you found out anything?

Thanks in advance. Hope your Ripley is ok. :heartforyou:
 
1 - 19 of 19 Posts
Top