Pregnant dog shaking

Welcoming a new litter of pups is an interesting and exciting time for any dog owner, and if your dog begins shaking or trembling, your head will explode, especially if you are a first-time dog owner.

There are various reasons why your pregnant dog shakes so much, including hormonal changes, physical discomfort, temperature regulation, and pre-labor signs.

In this well-researched piece, we delve into the complexities of maternity while also discussing the reasons given above to continue reading.

Why is my Pregnant dog shaking

Dogs have a natural tendency to shake, particularly when they are delighted or awaiting something. However, if the shaking grows more intense, particularly in a pregnant dog, it signals a need for treatment.

There are four main reasons why your dog shakes while pregnant, which include:

Hormonal Changes

During pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations may lead to mild tremors or shaking as your dogs adapt to the new changes occurring inside. According to research on canine reproductive physiology, these physiological shifts during gestation can manifest in observable tremors as the body responds to hormonal variations.

Stress and Anxiety

A dog’s hormonal changes can make her more vulnerable to stress. Imagine it like this: if she encounters new places or other animals around her, these changes in her surroundings may cause her to feel anxious.

This anxiety can prompt her to start shaking because her body responds to the stressor linked to the adjustment in the environment during this crucial time.

Physical Discomfort

As the days pass, your dog may get uncomfortable, especially in the later stages. Just like we humans (women) experience labor in the final stages of pregnancy, dogs face discomfort, which we may interpret as their way of indicating that they are in labor.

At this stage, owners must pay attention to their signs and give their pregnant dogs attention and care so they can successfully deliver their puppies.

Temperature Regulation

Hormones can make it difficult for a dog’s body to regulate its temperature while pregnant. So, shivering is the best way for her body to stay warm.

This shivering helped her create heat and was her body’s response to the temperature variations caused by hormonal alterations during pregnancy. It’s a built-in response to ensure the puppies grow in the proper settings.

How to stop pregnant dogs from shaking?

You can’t take away someone’s nature, but you can make modifications. For example, shaking is a dog’s nature, which you can’t take away, but you can alter it when it’s excessive.

First, if you are unable to tolerate the shaking of your pregnant dog, you should contact your veterinarian to ensure that everything is fine. Your veterinarian can perform a comprehensive checkup and provide relevant instructions.

After the vet visit, if your dog is still uneasy, tidy up her space and move her around. Ensure that her chamber is as silent as a graveyard, devoid of any play, music, or interruptions.

Just let her sleep. It is not a terrible idea to get her involved in light workouts such as short walks, swimming, and pregnant yoga. Also, make sure your dog’s nutrition is balanced and appropriate for her pregnant stage.

When you should visit the Vet?

Knowing when shaking for dog has gone out of hand is critical, such as avoiding heartfelt stories.

Because if the shaking is caused by stress, it may result in higher cortisol levels, which might have an indirect effect on the pregnancy.

Furthermore, if the shaking is caused by an underlying health condition, such as an infection, it is critical to address the problem as soon as possible to avoid complications.

So when should you Exhibit Concern?

Excessive or Prolonged Shaking: if the shaking continues for an extended period, it’s a cause for concern.

Abnormal Behavior: if you start behaving strangely, like being wild, alongside the shaking, like disorientation or lethargy, don’t hesitate to call your vet or visit your vet.

Changes in Appetite or Water Intake: Significant shifts in eating or drinking habits could be indicative of an underlying issue.

Best Food to Give Dog During Pregnancy

As a dog’s pregnancy progresses, her energy needs grow. The quantity of energy required in the first week of pregnancy may differ dramatically from the energy requirements in the fourth week of pregnancy. Dogs obtain their energy only from their meals, which Must be high in nutrients.

Inadequate nutrition during a dog’s pregnancy can lead to underdeveloped puppies, an increased risk of birth abnormalities, impaired maternal health, and reduced milk production.

Providing the appropriate nutrients is critical for the well-being of both the mother and the developing litter.

The following subheading offers a nutritional table that you should use to ensure that your dog is well-nourished during her pregnancy with her puppies.

Pregnant Dog Nutritional Table

Nutrient Foods that Contain It Recommended Amount for First Week
Protein Chicken, Turkey, Eggs, Fish 25-30% of total diet
Fats Chicken Fat, Fish Oil, Flaxseed Oil 15-20% of total diet
Calories High-Quality Dog Food, Adjust Portions Adjust based on size and breed
Calcium Dairy Products, Bone Meal Balanced ratio with phosphorus (1:1 to 2:1)
Phosphorus Meat, Dairy Products, Bone Meal Balanced ratio with calcium (1:1 to 2:1)
Vitamins and Minerals Fruits, Vegetables, Balanced Dog Food Well-balanced dog food or as recommended
Fiber Whole Grains, Vegetables 2-4% of total diet
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fish Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Canola Oil Include sources like fish oil, flaxseed oil

Feeding Instructions for the First Week:

  • Divide the daily recommended amount into smaller, frequent meals.
  • Ensure fresh water is always available.
  • Monitor your dog’s weight and adjust portions accordingly.
  • Consult with your veterinarian for any necessary supplements.


There you have it. Not everyone pregnant has happy or sad shakes; it depends on the environment or physiological systems. So, whenever your dog shakes excessively, check to see if she’s pleased or sad.

See you on the next one!


Hello, and welcome to my blog! My name is Dr. Fatsull, and I'm a veterinarian with over 3 years of experience in the field. I'm passionate about providing the highest level of care to every animal I treat, and I'm committed to educating pet owners about the best ways to care for their furry friends. On this blog, you'll find a wealth of information on topics such as pet nutrition, behavior, and wellness. I'll be sharing my insights and expertise on everything from common health issues to the latest trends in pet care.

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