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Startle-sensitive dog's legs shake uncontrollably

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    September 18, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

    Question submitted as part of the Crash, Boom, Bang: Update on Canine Noise Phobia Treatments webinar:

    I am currently fostering an extremely startle-sensitive dog. She appears to have a compromised back leg control as her back legs usually shake uncontrollably.  Could she be suffering from noise phobia?

    Answer provided by Julia (Julie) Albright, MA, DVM, DACVB:

    The tremoring back leg is more likely to be caused by a different neurologic issue and your dog should be assessed by your veterinarian.  Although tremoring due to fear or anxiety may be more noticeable in certain areas of the body, I would expect tremoring to be seen throughout the body with fear/