Dear VetBabble: Why is My New Puppy Shaking and What Can I Do to Help?
My 7-week-old puppy, Coco, keeps shaking and it looks like she’s been crying. I just got her yesterday. Is this something to be concerned about? What could be causing the shaking and what can I do to help her feel better?
It can be quite distressing to see your new puppy shaking and seemingly upset during the first few days. It’s essential to understand that shaking can be a sign of pain in puppies, fear, or even feeling cold. Here, we will discuss three possible reasons behind your puppy’s shaking and how you can address each issue to ensure she adapts to her new home smoothly.
1. Fear and Anxiety
Moving into a new home can be very stressful for a puppy. As a result, it’s understandable that she might be fearful, and her shaking may indicate her anxiety. In this case, giving her time to adjust to her new environment is crucial. Make sure she feels safe and secure by providing her a comfortable place to sleep and access to toys that keep her entertained. You can also spend more time with her to build trust and establish a loving bond. For more information on how to deal with anxiety in puppies, you may refer to our article on Dealing with Anxiety in Dogs.
2. Feeling Cold
Puppies, especially those as young as 7 weeks old, are still developing their ability to regulate their body temperature. If the environment is too cold, your puppy may shiver to generate heat. Ensure that she stays warm by providing her with a cozy blanket or a dog sweater. You may also want to monitor your home’s room temperature, ensuring it stays within a comfortable range for your pet to prevent hypothermia.
3. Tiredness or Lethargy
As your puppy is adjusting to her new home, she may be feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, which can cause shaking. Like humans, puppies need to rest and sleep to ensure they are energized and healthy. Ensure that you provide sufficient downtime for your puppy, and you can refer to our article, Is My Puppy Tired or Lethargic?, to determine if her tiredness is normal or something to be concerned about.
If your puppy’s shaking continues or you notice other concerning symptoms, it’s essential to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for a thorough examination. In some cases, shaking can be a sign of an underlying health issue. Early intervention is vital to address any potential problems.
Additionally, socialization plays a significant role in helping your puppy feel comfortable in different situations. It’s crucial to expose her to various experiences and environments at an early age, which can help reduce anxiety and fear. You can learn more about puppy socialization and its effect on behavior in our article, Puppy Socialization and its Effect on Behavior.
Lastly, remember that this is a massive change for your new puppy. The first night home can be challenging not only for your pet but also for you. To know what to expect during this phase, you can read our article on First Night Home with a New Puppy. What to Expect. With patience and understanding, you will develop a strong bond with your new puppy, and she will feel more comfortable and secure in her new home.