My Cocker Has A Pulled Muscle
(St Ccharkes, MO)
Maxamillion - aka Max - Owner's Cocker Spaniel
My 6 year old cocker spaniel started limping yesterday so I suspected he had gotten a thorn in his paw as he squealed when I tried looking at it. Today he is shaking/shivering, stiff, and lying around. I took him to the vet who suspected a pulled muscle and gave him pain killers.
He has always been in good health prior to this but the shaking is what has me nervous...is this normal for a pulled muscle?
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
No, I've not heard of a dog shivering or shaking with a pulled muscle, but that's not to say it isn't true. Muscles often 'twitch' if they're overworked so I guess this could be normal in the circumstances.
Equally, your dog may be 'in slight shock' and that may be causing him to shake. It should settle down soon but if it doesn't and you're still worried, take him back to see the vet and let him know that you're concerned about your dog's shivering and shaking.
Ask him to explain to you exactly why your dog is shaking and what makes the vet believe it's only a pulled muscle. Perhaps a more detailed explanation from him will help to settle your mind.
Either way, it can't hurt.
As for being stiff and lying around that could well be the result of a pulled muscle as it will be painful for your dog to walk properly. And if it hurts him to walk all he'll want to do is lie quietly.
I hope your dog is better soon.