Why Do My Schnauzer's Legs Tremble?

by Bill

When my 12-year old miniature Schnauzer, Tasha and I go on our walks, if we stop to look at something, sometimes her back leg will tremble. Many times I've noticed it's when she has her front legs up on the curb. Is this tremor something I should be concerned about?

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Dec 22, 2016
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schnauzer leg tremble
by: John

I have 3 miniature schauzers and only one has a rear leg tremble. Guinness is high strung ...hes done it since puppy hood with no other issues, he's 10. Only happens went he's smelling something

Dec 14, 2015
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Trembling and hip pain in my 2 year old schnauzer Max
by: Anonymous

My two year old salt and pepper schnauzer is also called Max! We have two schnauzers, our older dog is four and has never had shaky legs but the other day Max had a real case of them. It seems he has an issue with his hips and doesn't want to jump up like he used to but apart from that is fine on walks. He seems a bit more subdued generally but apart from that he is OK. We are going to get the vet to look at his hips now as when we took him initially last week they ran his bloods and checked for pancreatitis and all was fine. They gave us some pain killers for him and we gave him some which mostly made him sleepy. My wife remembered him having a spasm previously as a puppy when he literally keeled over but the vet found nothing and he has since been fine. I will keep people posted re the next vet visit. First was eye-achingly expensive at £212. Andrew B

Fingers crossed that he is ok, best wishes, Linda and Max

Jan 07, 2015
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shaky legs
by: chris

1 week age, while out on a long walk my mini shnauzer's front legs started trembling and she refused to walk any further. One vet said get her tested for liver shunt and total profile(cost with consultation £110)All came back clear, so another vet advised cortizone injections. just been to see another vet that says she is absolutely fine. It's just a thing with terrier type dogs and have shorter walks for the time being. This is what I thought, so what a waste of money but at least we got piece of mind.

NOTE FROM LINDA AND MAX:
Yes, shaking with Terriers is not uncommon, Max does nit sometimes. It could also be due to the snow or frost, usually nothing to worry about, as your vet said. Glad your dog's well.

Jan 05, 2015
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shaky front legs
by: chris

My mini shnauzer is 20 months old and last week while it was white over with frost we went on our usual walk. two thirds the way she started trembling in her front legs and refused to walk so we carried her back to the car. I read on one site that its a thing with shnauzers so didnt worry but today the same thing happened. not happy so going to vets in morning.

Jul 25, 2014
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My schnauzer's front legs tremble.
by: Anonymous

I've noticed for years that my 6 year old female schnauzer, Gracie, had shaky front legs when in a sitting position with weight not completely on the front legs. I didn't worry about it until today. Her front legs were shakng when she was standing. We had been on a mile walk and she was panting also. I've been reading on this tonight and one site mentioned the possibility of a liver shunt. She has had a slightly elevated alt liver enzyme for 9 months. Going to the vet next week and will ask if these are related. Has anyone else experienced this? She runs and jumps around most of the day like nothing's wrong.

Jul 16, 2014
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Why Do My Schnauzer's Legs Tremble?
by: Anonymous

I am fostering a 10 yr old male dog right now whose legs do the same. Did you ever figure out the issue?

NOTE FROM LINDA AMD MAX:
It is not unusual, sometimes it doesn't mean anything. Some Terriers' legs also tremble sometimes. Hopefully there is not a serious underlying cause. Good luck with your fostering.

Jul 16, 2014
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Why Do My Schnauzer's Legs Tremble?
by: Anonymous

I am fostering a 10 yr old male dog right now whose legs do the same. Did you ever figure out the issue?

Sep 30, 2013
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Trembling Legs
by: Anonymous

That's good news about Libby - we have a mini who is going to be 11 in November. Griffin's legs shake when he is tired or exited. So far his health has been good except for one big scare 2 years ago - he had bladder stones, and had to go for emergency surgery. (special diet now, no more regular doggie treats). Sometimes we notice his back bothers him, and he is getting odd fat deposits on his body (we've been told that they are benign cysts).

Jan 03, 2013
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legs tremble
by: cori

I took Libby to the Vet, he gave her a shot of rimadyl and put her on prednisone for 8 days. she us doing so much better and walking today. your website has helped me and Libby, thank you so much! :)

NOTE FROM LINDA AND MAX:
That's wonderful news, Cori

Jan 01, 2013
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Back legs shake
by: Cori

I have a mini schnauzer, Libby. She is 14 years old and has had disc disease since she was 4. I got scared last night when she got up from her sleep and started screaming and wouldn't put her back left leg on the ground. She trembled as I held her. I held her until she quit trembling (that's when I knew the pain had subsided), and placed her back into her bed.
She has acted fine up until last night, I'm scared and worried for her, but I don't like to see or hear her in pain. She still has an appetite and her back legs tremble all of the time.

NOTE FROM LINDA AND MAX:
With that amount of pain and at her age, we would recommend a visit to the vet to get to the root of the problem and see if medication is required to relieve pain, stiffness or a neural complaint.

Feb 08, 2012
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minischnauzer trembling back legs
by: Cat

I have a fairly petite, female, miniature schnauzer and her back legs have trembled for many years, during our walks. I don't know if she gets highly excited over everything she sees during our walks, or what. I live in woodlands in a very, very dog friendly community. Everyone has at least one or two dogs. Which hieghtens the excitement for her, along with the scents of wildlife. She hasn't had any major medical problems and is approaching 12 years of age. So, in my case, it doesn't appear to be something to worry about. She doesn't have a lot of arthritis nor hip problems. Thank goodness.

Jul 02, 2011
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Legs Tremble
by: Debbie

Our 12 year old mini started doing the same thing, we cut down on her walks only taking her on shorter walks when cool. We also started making sure we had water on walks. At 13 she started having seizures. We lost her shortly after that.

Dec 20, 2010
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shaking legs
by: Peter Foley

I have a giant schnauzer and his right hind leg shakes while he stands. We went to our vet and he heard a click sound under his belly between the legs when he stretched the rear legs. He suggested we use a different brand of food. So far we have not seen any change except in my food bill. His hips are fine but that leg is weaker than the left one, I can tell when I groom him as his muscles in that leg are not as developed as the other leg. You can see "Kessler" sitting in the water's edge not sure if he wants to swim or not.
I grew up with Irish Wolfhounds and thought they were just the best until I found my giant schnauzer.

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