My 12 year old beagle mix named Jinx has been shivering and shaking for 4 days straight now. When she inhales, her body quivers like she’s cold or scared. She’s also been extremely needy. She wants to be close to us all the time and when we’ve been out for a bit she barks and whines way more than usual when we get home. She shivers in the night and can’t seem to find a comfy place to lie down.
She isn’t eating much, although she will eat cheese and every so often she’ll take a few bites of deli meat, but she won’t touch her normal cooked food or her crunchies.
She’s displayed similar behavior during spells of moodiness (she’s a very moody dog) and it goes away, but the cause is always pretty obvious and it’s never lasted this long, nor has the shaking been so intense, plus her whimpering is new. Also, she’s at her favorite place (my parents house) and always surrounded by love and attention and parental pampering.
Lastly, she’s been farting a lot the last month and this very last week she’s been eating a lot of grass, like her stomach is upset or something. However, I haven’t seen her puke.
I’ve been to the vet twice with no significant conclusions. Her vitals are normal. We took a simple blood test and stool sample and both came back negative. We’ve X-rayed her abdomen, which looked at her uterus, digestive system and bone structure–again nothing significant minus a slightly larger than usual uterus. The first doctor noted a slight sensitivity in her abdomen upon palpation, but the second noted nothing. Second doctor mentioned that Jinx flinched slightly when she put pressure around her spine and suggested maybe she has a slipped disk or something. She prescribed two pain medications (one an opioid and the other and anti-inflammatory). Unfortunately Jinx’s behavior has not changed at all with these meds. She’s just a little drowsier, which is a side effect of the opioid. And both doctors agree that Jinx is experiencing something more serious than moodiness.
She seems to be moving around great. When she’s up and walking around or hopping up and down into the car or onto the couch, she isn’t hesitant or overly cautious. When she’s resting or lying down is when the shaking is the worst.
Her normal diet is cooked meat, brown rice and veggies like pumpkin or potato. We supplement with crunchies.
Other things of note: She’s had watery eyes for about a year now, but with no other symptoms. She isn’t spayed and three years ago she had a little infection in her uterus. It wasn’t pyometra, but whatever it was, the antibiotics killed it. Also one of her teeth look a bit damaged and I believe she has mild gingivitis. On her last chest Xray (about 6 months back) there was a slight darkening in her lungs but the doctor said this was extremely common in older dogs, especially those living in a city, and that it was nothing to be concerned about.