Have you noticed something weird and funny about your dog or pup lately? It might have been just sticking its tongue out and shaking for no apparent reason. You may have tried to stop them or even offer your dog their favorite treats to distract them. But nothing seems to work. Are you worried about this changed behavior of your dog? Let’s see what you need to know about your dog’s behavior.
It is not uncommon for dogs to stick their tongues out and shake as they need to cool themselves down. They can be seen doing this very often, but sometimes you may notice them do this regularly. Especially after they have indulged in some physical activity, shaking vehemently can indicate serious physical ailments and should be addressed on time.
Five Clear Reasons for Your Dog to Stick Their Tongues Out and Shake
As already mentioned that although dogs stick their tongues out, they do not shake very often, that too, for no reason. Therefore, it is recommended to visit your dog’s vet if the condition persists in the long run. Also, try to record your dog, especially when they are shaking, as it helps the vet determine the cause and think of the remedy accordingly.
Let us quickly look at the top reasons for making your dog behave in such a manner.
1. They Have Been Affected by Some Stimulants
To begin with, this erratic and irrational behavior might be a result of some stimulant, which your dog has probably eaten. It may even be due to some jarring or unpleasant noise that they have heard. Under the normative circumstances, once the immediate effect of the stimulant wears off, your dog should be normal, but try to ascertain if there is any change in the behavior of your dog.
Besides, keep in mind that this behavior may be connected to your dog’s medical history. So, consult your vet accordingly, and inform them about any change you may notice in your dog and your pet’s medical history.
2. Your Dog is Suffering from Seizures
Seizures can be one of the worst nightmares for your beloved canine friend. To start, ensure that your dog is on the ground and not standing on any high platform so that it doesn’t fall on the ground with a thud and hurts itself. Remember that if your dog is shaking due to a seizure, it has no control over itself and may accidentally bite you if you try to pull its tongue.
Seizures can lead to a gradual increase in your dog’s body temperature, and in that case, try to apply cold and wet towels to them to bring down their body temperature. Besides, seizures are not to be taken lightly, as they may indicate something wrong with their vital body organs like the liver, kidneys, or the heart. Hence, you should consult your vet as soon as possible, and they will probably run a few tests to determine the seriousness of the condition and prescribe medication accordingly.
3. Your Dog is in Pain
Pain could be a reason for making your dogs stick their tongues out and shake. They may be experiencing grimacing pain due to various reasons, and if you think that your dog’s unnatural behavior is due to pain, you need to take your dog to the vet to ascertain the reason for the same. Your dog’s vet can determine the cause and provide them immediate respite from the pain.
Depending on the gravity of the situation and the nature of the pain, your vet may administer medication, apply muscle relaxants, or suggest anti-inflammatory drugs. Please remember that if you are taking care of your dog at your home while recuperating, try to stop your pet from running around or climbing up the stairs. Ensure that they get ample rest, and they should not be further injured.
4. Your Dog is Suffering from Poisoning
The chances are that your dog has accidentally ingested something, making them stick out their tongues and shake. The toxins from the ingested substance are causing them to behave in such a manner, and in this case, home remedies are the least efficient. So, without wasting any precious time, you have got to take your dog to the vet.
Apart from your vet’s medication, you may also have to admit your dog to a veterinary hospital as they need intensive care until the toxin is flushed out from their bodies. Although your vet may advise you to induce vomit in them to flush out the toxin, which you can do at your home, do not try these tricks on your own, and it is advisable to seek professional help.
5. Your Dog Has Grown Old
Time flies, and as dog parents, it is hard for us to face the ugly truth that dogs tend to age much faster than human beings. Unfortunately, old age and age-related problems can also be one of the reasons which are making your dog shake while sticking its tongue out. It is equally unfortunate that you can’t do anything specific to provide them respite from this condition in this scenario.
You need to take care of your dog as much as possible and ensure that it is getting a proper diet and rest. Besides, you can engage your dog with some mental activity, as, with age, their capacity to indulge in physical activities is curtailed to a great extent. Moreover, after consulting with your vet, you can begin administering certain medicines and health supplements to ensure that they remain healthy and live fulfilling lives.
What to Do if My Dog is Sticking its Tongue out and Shaking?
Now, since we have ventured deep into the probable reasons that are causing your pet dog to stick out its tongue and shake, let us also look at some of the solutions to this problem.
1. Keep Your Dog Warm and Relaxed
Please remember that it is probably the stimulants which is causing your dog to shake while sticking their tongues out. As a dog parent, you should ensure that your dog is calm and relaxed.
Besides, when your dog is shaking, try to keep it warm by wrapping something around it like a warm quilt. Many times, shaking stops when they are warm, calm, and composed, and you should try and make your dog comfortable.
2. Consult Your Veterinarian Immediately
Please be sure that the shaking part is not just a regular occurrence in your dog. If it is, your dog needs professional help. If you find these symptoms recurring from time to time, it is best to take your dog to the vet and let them know about the recurring symptoms and the health history of your canine friend.
Let them run a few tests on your dog and administer medication to relieve your dog from this uncomfortable situation. Besides, your vet is trained and more experienced in dealing with dogs and should be able to guide you better about taking care of your dog at your home.
3. Avoid Certain Foods Which May Act as Stimulants for Your Dog
As mentioned earlier, there is a huge probability that your dog’s weird behavior is due to something that they may have ingested. And it’s also true that as dog parents, you may not often be aware of certain foods that can potentially harm your dogs.
In case you find that your dog is shaking, it is best to avoid certain food items like nuts (which have a high percentage of salt and fat), especially macadamia nuts, which are toxic and have adverse effects on canines of any sort. Besides, food items like chocolates can be poisonous to your dog and should be avoided at any cost.
4. Try to Engage Them More in Physical and Mental Activities
One of the quick remedies to deal with this situation is a distraction, and you may try doing so in a lot of ways. Apart from giving it regular treats, you can try to engage them more in physical or mental activities. While the physical activities may include regular walks or hiking, mental activities may include giving them new toys, introducing them to new faces, or letting them be a part of the household chores, which they enjoy.
While indulging your dog in physical or mental activities, don’t forget that these exercises may not have immediate effects in the long run, but eventually, they may help. Also, the level of physical activity depends on your dog’s physical age and fitness. For instance, if your dog tends to stick its tongue out and shake due to sheer old age, you can’t expect it to take long walks with you. So, decide the level of physical activity accordingly, and if required, take help from professionals.
While it is common for dogs to stick out their tongue if they are shaking at the same time, it is a bad indication and is probably an indication of some major ailments that they are suffering from. Therefore, as a responsible dog parent, you need to be careful and notice how these behavioral patterns affect your dog’s mood and temperament.
Besides, it is always better to be sure, and you should be seeking professional help from a veterinarian or a dog behaviorist. They will be able to ascertain your dog’s physical and mental health implications.