White shaker dog syndrome is a condition that most often occurs in white dogs. It is known by a handful of different names including white dog shaker syndrome, shaker syndrome, shaker dog syndrome, little white shakers syndrome, idiopathic steroid responsive shaker syndrome and idiopathic cerebellitis.
Common Symptoms of White Shaker Dog Syndrome
Shaker syndrome in dogs occurs when the cerebellum becomes inflamed for one reason or another. The cerebellum is responsible for normal movement and coordination in dogs. If it is not functioning as it should, your pet may exhibit some or all of the following symptoms of shaker syndrome:
- Generalized Body Tremors
- Nystagmus (Abnormal Eye Movements)
- Difficulty Standing and Walking
- Loss of Coordination
- Falling Over
- Constant Tilting or Bobbing of the Head
- Seizures (Severe Cases)
Affected Dog Breeds
As stated above, this condition primarily affects dogs that are white; however, colored dogs can also develop white shaker dog syndrome. White dog shaker syndrome can occur in either sex and at any age as well. Nevertheless, breeds that are most predisposed to this pet health issue are as follows:
- Bichons Frise
- White Poodles (All Varieties)
- West Highland White Terriers
- Yorkshire Terriers
Possible Causes of White Shaker Dog Syndrome
While it is not clear as to the exact cause/s of shaker syndrome in dogs, it is believed that it may be due to swelling or viral infections of the cerebellum. Still others have theorized that shaker syndrome is the result of a malfunctioning immune system or diseases of the central nervous system.
Treatment plans for shaker syndrome in dogs will vary depending on the severity of your pet’s condition. Fortunately, so long as you seek veterinary attention immediately following the first signs of the condition, the prognosis for shaker syndrome is excellent. Listed below, you will find typical treatments for this pet health issue.
- Corticosteroids (Typically Predisone)
- Short-Term Hospitalization
Before closing, it is essential to note that there is no cure for white shaker dog syndrome. White dog shaker syndrome is a pet health condition that will require lifelong treatment. Nevertheless, it is an extremely manageable condition, and pets on medication have been known to live well into their senior years.