Holistic Tips to Calm Shaking & Trembling in Older Dogs

Do you have an older dog that has begun shaking or trembling?

Vet doesn’t have a clear diagnosis?

Have you been unsure what to do to help your faithful companion?

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Here some common reasons for shaking and trembling in older dogs, easy to overlook reasons and, Holistic tips that can help your dog feel better while helping you feel more empowered as well!

First, check with your vet for an underlying medical cause. Please note that according to many Vets, shaking and tremors can be difficult to assess.

Common Medical Problems

Pain, anxiety, thyroid issues, low blood sugar, toxicity, head injury, serious allergic reactions to medication, arthritic pain, hip dysplasia pain, fever, parasites, poisoning, seizures, epilepsy, disk, spinal or other clinical issues. Getting a senior blood panel and exam is a good place to begin.

Additional Reasons for Shaking and Tremors

  • Body Temperature: Sometimes the dog is actually cold.  Check the temperature of your dog’s ears.  Are the ears cool or cold?  This can be a good preliminary way to check body temperature.  As dogs age, some are not as able to regulate body temperature.  Make sure they are warm. Sometimes they need a blanket, increase the heat, make sure there is no draft where they are lying down.  Check even when we think they should be warm.  I have seen older dogs with long full coats be cold on days that seem warm to us. Even when this never used to be a problem for them earlier in their lives.
  • Low Blood Sugar: When was the last time your dog ate?  Smaller, more frequent meals may be needed for dogs as they age.  We don’t often think of Low Blood Sugar for dogs, but see if this helps.
  • Pain & Discomfort: Chronic low-grade discomfort can build up and add up and more easily generate shaking as a dog ages.  See upcoming tips in addition to seeking medical diagnosis.
  • Anxiety/ Fears: Sometimes anxiety can bring on shaking or tremors. A shaky nervous system can get more easily activated or ‘inflamed’ from anxiety as they age.  In other words, as they age, they may simply be more sensitive then they used to be.  Try the next tips listed.
  • Leaving the Body: This one is not something you might typically hear about and may sound a bit weird for some people.  I have seen some dogs partially leaving their body to check things out in the spiritual world as they age.  Some dogs are not always so good at navigating all the way back into their bodies after this little ‘adventure.’ An energy healing ‘tune up’ combined with animal communication can be helpful.  How to do this?  Click for more info.

What Can You Do to Help?

  • Tellington TTouch can calm their nervous system, enhance body awareness, improve coordination and focus – in other words helping them ground in their body again.  Any of the TTouches can be helpful here, especially; Ear Strokes; Clouded Leopard Circles: TTouch Body Wrap
  • Essential Oils: Valor, a few drops of this essential oil blend can be wiped along their back for calming, steadying, grounding and overall energy balancing. White Angelica, an exquisite blend that gives a sense of protection.  Most animals get very relaxed with a few drops on your palm then wiped down their back, legs, chest, shoulders.
  • Flower Essences Green Hope Essences has some great essences for animals in their wellness line for animals. All my elders have been on this combination: Senior Citizen – helps adjust to changes of elder years and Transition – great long before they are ready to actually leave

Getting Professional Help

  • Energy Healing: As we age our physical bodies ‘just ain’t what they used to be.” Energy Healing can clear, ground and strengthen our physical body. Clearing through Energy Healing is like getting a ‘tune-up.’
  • Animal Communication: Having a ‘Chat’ with them via animal communication about the process they are in and what is happening, and, find out from their perspective what they are experiencing. This can go a very long way in helping both the dog and the person to better understand what is happening.  This can be both calming, comforting for the person as well as their animal. How many times have you felt better after talking with someone who really listens, reflects things back to you, and helps you get clearer on what is going on?  Same thing here with Animal Communication.

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Sandy Rakowitz of One Heart Healing Center helps people and their animals resolve conflict, assist communication, aid health issues and deepen bonds with one another. She has 20+ years experience in the field of Holistic Wellness.

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