Why Does My Dog Shiver When He Sleeps?


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There are many reasons why your dog may shiver in his sleep, starting from harmless reasons to showing signs of real ailment in your dog. There are many reasons, such as:

• If this is a one off thing, your dog may be having an epileptic fit or a seizure in his sleep, meaning that you need to take him to a vet as soon as possible to get him diagnosed and get him tablets to stop it from happening. Epilepsy in dogs or in any animal or human can be deadly if you don't get it checked out and get the medication that is required to keep your illness in check. When fitting, people or dogs can bite into their tongues or do other random things that can cause them great harm.
• Your dog may also be in some sort of pain if you notice him shivering when he is sleeping, so you may wish to take him to the vet just to be on the safe side. He may have accidentally hurt a limb during the day whilst out on a walk, without you realizing.
• Your dog may be having dreams which result in him shivering in his bed, dogs can have nightmares too! It would be better just to take him to the vets anyway for a check up to ensure that it's nothing more sinister. When a dog, or any dreaming organism goes into REM sleep, they tend to twitch and act out their dreams whilst sleeping, despite the fact that they're actually unconscious.

You can make an appointment to see a veterinary nurse within a matter of minutes on the phone and then take your dog within the same day. It is better to catch things before they get too bad, in the case of your dog having something that is a lot worse than the odd nightmare. Hopefully, however, your dog will be fine and the vet will send him home good as new.

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