White Dog Shaker Syndrome

Common info

White dog shaker syndrome is a disorder that causes the dog’s entire body to shake. The symptom will get more severe in stressful conditions. The disease often found in small-sized dog breeds, including West Highland, White Terrier, Maltese, Bichon Frise, Poodle, and many other breeds. White dog shaker syndrome occasionally found in cats. The most common symptoms in dogs with white dog shaker syndrome are entire body shaking, difficulty walking, paralysis and seizures, etc.


Cause of the white dog shaker syndrome may be unknown but it is most often associated with the central nervous system. 


A disorder that causes the dog’s entire body to shake can also be referred to as “Idiopathic cerebellitis”, which describes an inflammation of the cerebellum for an unknown reason. This part of the brain is responsible for the coordination and regulation of muscular movement. 


  • Muscle incoordination
  • Entire body shaking
  • Low body temperature
  • Difficulty walking
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis

The symptoms found in white dog shaker syndrome are muscle incoordination, entire body shaking, low body temperature, difficulty walking, paralysis and seizures.  

Treatment and Prevention

Treatments vary based on the degree of tremor.  In case an illness is caused by tremor or contains a predisposing cause of tremor, such as infection, dogs will need to be hospitalized until being recovered. 

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