I'm not sure if this is one for the veterinarian or not.

Cubbe has been shaking, not quivering or shivering, but a full body shake, the sort that a dog does when wet. At first it was when putting a leash on her, a little annoying but not terribly so. I knew I should train her not to shake while I'm putting on her leash, but it had become her habit, and I wasn't sure how to go about breaking her of it. Then she started shaking at various times during the day. That's well within the rules. If she wants to give herself a nice shake when lying down, getting up or for the sheer joy of it, that's O.K. with me.
Last night, at 3:00am, while sleeping under my bed, Cubbe gave herself a shake. That meant whapita-whapita hitting the bottom side of the mattress. I went back to sleep, but she was doing it every few minutes. She finally emerged from under the bed, and I slept in the other bedroom.

I can't find anything the matter. She eats, sleeps, eliminates, and exercises like her usual healthy self. We've handled her ears and all over, and nothing is sore. She doesn't seem to be favoring one side of her head. Back in January, shaking her head was the symptom of the ear infection, but it doesn't seem like the same thing at all.

Do I race her off to the veterinarian? Or is this her new hobby? Help!

Lia
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I can't find anything the matter. She eats, sleeps, eliminates, and exercises like her usual healthy self. We've handled her ... the same thing at all. Do I race her off to the veterinarian? Or is this her new hobby? Help!

Frequent shaking of the head is usually a sign of ear trouble in my dogs. Maybe it's a yeast infection... Chile gets these occasionally, and they seem to itch, but her ears aren't tender to the touch. She shakes her head a lot and scratches at her ear.
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Frequent shaking of the head is usually a sign of ear trouble in my dogs. Maybe it's a yeast infection... ... itch, but her ears aren't tender to the touch. She shakes her head a lot and scratches at her ear.

I think you're on to something so I'm making a vet appointment first thing Monday morning. As I was giving Cubbe a hug, I noticed a distinctive smell around her ears. It wasn't a bad smell, maybe sort of sweet, definitely not the usual doggy smell I like. I immediately wondered why I'm not in the habit of smelling her ears all the time. I recall the vet in New Orleans who used to smell Genny's ears as part of a regular check-up.
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I think you're on to something so I'm making a vet appointment first thing Monday morning. As I was giving Cubbe a hug, I noticed a distinctive smell around her ears.

I wouldn't mess with this. Duncan has substantial hearing loss which I believe is the result of frequent ear (yeast, usually) infections.

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Frequent shaking of the head is usually a sign of ... shakes her head a lot and scratches at her ear.

I think you're on to something so I'm making a vet appointment first thing Monday morning. As I was giving ... time. I recall the vet in New Orleans who used to smell Genny's ears as part of a regular check-up.

Another thing, and one that's not so easy to pick up on in the beginning is demodectic mites. If Cubbe is one of those dogs that stresses easily, and is scratching more often than usual, it's one of those things to keep in the back of your mind. And, a dog can stress about things we might not even think about (such as a work schedule change for you, you being sick, addition or subtraction of a person or pet in the house).
Coda is a healthy guy, but when Guiness was in her final days and not doing well at all, he was more stressed than usual. Never before, and never since, but being stressed put him in enough of a compromised position w/ his immune system to allow an outbreak in one of his ears.
For this, they would have to do a skin scraping. Coda's ears aren't very hairy, pink and easy to see all around the pinna. If your vet can't get a really good look into Cubbe's ear, and there aren't any funky smells, it's a place to start.
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I wouldn't mess with this. Duncan has substantial hearing loss which I believe is the result of frequent ear (yeast, usually) infections.

Thanks for the warning. I checked with the vet, went into some detail of symptoms over the phone and decided that this one is not an emergency. She has an appointment for tomorrow.
Lia
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Cubbe has been shaking, not quivering or shivering, but a full body shake, the sort that a dog does when wet. At first it was when putting a leash on her,

So this is mostly a head shake,then?
a little annoying but not terribly so.

Annoying?
I knew I should train her not to shake while I'm putting on her leash, but it had become her habit, and I wasn't sure how to go about breaking her of it.

Oh so the shaking has always been?
Or is this shaking different?
Then she started shaking at various times during the day. That's well within the rules. If she wants to give herself a nice shake when lying down, getting up or for the sheer joy of it, that's O.K. with me.

OK?
Last night, at 3:00am, while sleeping under my bed, Cubbe gave herself a shake. That meant whapita-whapita hitting the bottom side of the mattress. I went back to sleep, but she was doing it every few minutes.

Well, perhaps she has an ear infection. How do her ears look? Smell?
She finally emerged from under the bed, and I slept in the other bedroom.

You must be a light sleeper, I take it?
I can't find anything the matter. She eats, sleeps, eliminates, and exercises like her usual healthy self. We've handled her ears and all over, and nothing is sore. She doesn't seem to be favoring one side of her head.

OK
Back in January, shaking her head was the symptom >of the ear infection, but it doesn't seem like the same thing at all.

There are al sorts of ear infections. Any brown gunk?
Do I race her off to the veterinarian?

Yes, she should go to the vets.
Or is this her new hobby? Help!
Maybe.
My dogs love to shake the most when they come home form duck hunting, all over me.
Of course I love the smell of wet gun dog ; )
Let us know what is up with Cubbe.
Lia

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Some of you may remember the saga of "All My Vets" in which Jim and Julia go off into the wilds of New England searching for a veterinarian who is close to home, reasonably priced, has boarding, gives good diagnoses and medical advice and does lightening fast exams given that Cubbe does not tolerate being held still and prodded well.

Today we decided to forgo the close to home part and drive 40 minutes out of our way to the vet we used to go to before he moved. Then we learned that the guy we liked was working in the surgery so we drove all that way to get a different lady who turned out to be quite nice (and from Russia which is cool), but if we were going to try someone new, why do all the driving.
To make matters worse (or better in that ironic way), Cubbe does NOT have an ear infection. Her ears are fine. There's no evidence of bacterial or yeast infection at all. The only thing Olga could recommend was to give her more exercise so she'll be more tired at night and not wake me up with shaking. She thought it might be allergies, but we checked her for fleas, and she's not chewing on her forelegs. In any case, she said we might give her Benedryl to see if that helps, and we have some earwash we can squirt in.
Jim suggested (through gritted teeth) that the problem is psychosomatic, and not on the dog's part. (He never thought the problem warranted a vet visit in the first place.)
Basically, Cubbe has a new hobby, and that's shaking. She even demonstrated in the office as we were getting ready to go by shaking 3 times in succession. I have to conclude that shaking has become, for Cubbe, a superstition in the way Karen Pryor uses the word. At some point, Cubbe shook, and got rewarded by having her leash put on for a walk. Now Cubbe shakes several times in the process of being hooked up. If we take our time putting on coats or making sure we have plastic bags, she shakes several more times. She shakes coming in from a walk; she shakes when she wakes up; she shakes when getting comfortable. I have no idea what goes on in that doggy brain when it comes to shaking.

Lia
I don't remember it, but we have a few VERY good ones here.
who is close to home,

How close? Within a half hour or less?
reasonably priced, has boarding, gives good diagnoses and medical advice and does lightening fast exams given that Cubbe does not tolerate being held still and prodded well.

Did you ever ask the shelter where you got Cubbe from, who they used?
Today we decided to forgo the close to home part and drive 40 minutes out of our way to the vet we used to go to before he moved.

That is a bit too far. You have told me the area you live and there is one closer to you that does boarding,is reasonable, is good, and efficient.
Then we learned that the guy we liked was working in the surgery so we drove all that way to get a different lady

Oh you see that would bug me, I would have had to wait and see the vet I wanted to.I mean how long would it have been? MAX an hour?
who turned out to be quite nice (and from Russia which is cool), but if we were going to try someone new, why do all the driving.

So you find a good vet that had all the requirements you want, then?

Is she going to stay there? Or is she just there for a short time?

Cubbe liked her? No problemos?
To make matters worse (or better in that ironic way), Cubbe does NOT have an ear infection. Her ears are ... all. The only thing Olga could recommend was to give her more exercise so she'll be more tired at night

Dogs do need lots of physical and mental exercise.
and not wake me up with shaking.

Do you have a collar and tags on Cubbe? Is that what wakes you up?
She thought it might be allergies, but we checked her for fleas, and she's not chewing on her forelegs.

How about her rump?
In any case, she said we might give her Benedryl to see if that helps, and we have some earwash we can squirt in.

Why? If she has no problem with her ears? Make sure that you dry them after, so they do not stay moist.
Why not take Cubbe down here for a swim in the ocean?

Does Cubbe like the water?
Salt water helps a lot of skin problems.
Jim suggested (through gritted teeth) that the problem is psychosomatic, and not on the dog's part. (He never thought the problem warranted a vet visit in the first place.)

Heehehe
Well if Cubbe was doing the head shake it is suspect to an ear infection.
Basically, Cubbe has a new hobby, and that's shaking. She even demonstrated in the office as we were getting ready ... I have to conclude that shaking has become, for Cubbe, a superstition in the way Karen Pryor uses the word.

I do not believe dogs just start up something for the heck of it.

There is probably something that is bothering her.
At some point, Cubbe shook, and got rewarded by having her leash put on for a walk. Now Cubbe shakes several times in the process of being hooked up.

By shake you mean like when they come in from being wet?
If we take our time putting on coats or making sure we have plastic bags, she shakes several more times. ... when getting comfortable. I have no idea what goes on in that doggy brain when it comes to shaking. Lia

If this has just started happening it could be neurological

Keep an eye on it and write down exactly when the shaking syndrome starts and stops and the WHYS.
Paulette~
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