If you suspect that your Maltese may have white shaker syndrome, you should bring him to the veterinarian right away. It is recommended to video your Maltese during an episode(s), as this can help the vet understand what is happening.
There is not a diagnostic test for white dog shaker syndrome. For this reason, it is diagnosed by noting how a dog presents, ruling out all other possible causes, and seeing how a dog responds to treatment.
Testing to rule out other issues will include:
- Physical, neurological and orthopedic exams
- CBC (complete blood count) and chemistry panel
- EMG (if muscle disorders are suspected)
Conditions and issues that will be ruled out include: Stress, anxiety, hypoglycemia, idiopathic head tremors, epilepsy, toxic poisoning, low body temperature (hypothermia), reaction to medications, and viral infection including distemper.