Sudden unexpected onset of Anxiety (shaking)
My four year old (soon to be 5) female GSD comes from a reputable breeder, strong, confident, playful, brilliantly intelligent, loving, socialized and well trained. Two weeks ago for no reason (in evening) she started shaking as if having a panic attack - very fearful and glued herself to my leg. She followed me everywhere - ears back and trembling.
I called the vet and they suggested 3 25mg benedryl to get through the night - that worked. They suggested medication if this continues. To be frank, I have had 4 GSDs and this is odd behaviour I have never experienced with this breed. A very strong confident dog suddenly becomes paranoid fearful and trembles - I worry about her heart if this continues.
The incident passed and then a few days later it started up again - at night as it did before. Only this time she was afraid to get in our bed and slept in the bathroom on the floor,which isn't far from our bed.
Yesterday we were visiting a friend who has two dogs that have been playmates since they were very young - best friends. Emma feels at home there as if it is her second home. After about an hour she suddenly started shaking and came to me in panic. We took her inside and my friend suggested a thundershirt - we put one on her and she finally fell asleep.
Last night, same day, I went to bed with her to watch a movie and she fell asleep in pure bliss! When I went downstairs to collect the rest of my family for bed she suddenly changed. When i returned to my room she was trembling. I put the thundershirt on her and tried to calm her ... she eventually fell asleep -but this life of her keeping me up all night is affecting my health.
What happened? What can I do? I bought her a collar that releases some kind of a smell only dogs notice when they are afraid.. it will take a few more days for that to take affect. I'm not sure the thundershirt is working but most importantly these are things I am doing to treat the symptoms. What about this behaviour? She is a healthy GSD - fit, trim, excellent diet, exercised daily ... when she isn't trembling she is happy and alert.
At first we thought it was a mouse because we live in a house near a field and occasionally get mice. But when she experienced this attack at my friends i ruled out mice.
Last edited by debsilverman; 12-13-2015 at 11:41 AM.