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What are Head Tremors?

This condition is considered idiopathic because the cause is still unknown. There are many theories about possible causes of head shaking such as seizures, nervous system disorders, or head injuries. According to the veterinary care professionals, head tremors are not usually related to any other symptoms, although some dogs have shown signs of other illnesses in addition to head tremors. These may or may not be related to head tremors. This condition is usually seen more often in immature to middle aged dogs and some breeds are more susceptible than others. Head tremors have also been suspected as being reason for the condition called white dog shaker syndrome.

Head tremors (idiopathic tremor syndrome) in dogs are characterized as an involuntary side to side or up and down movement of the head. The movement has been referred to as a head bob like a bobble head doll. Head tremors have also been compared to Parkinson’s disease in humans. It is not a voluntary shake of the head as with ear itching or infections. Some of the breeds most often reported as having head tremors include Boxers, Spaniels, Chow Chows, Samoyeds, Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers, Dalmatians, Pitbulls, and Bulldogs.

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Symptoms of Head Tremors in Dogs

The symptoms of head tremor in dogs include:

  • Head bobbing back and forth (similar to bobble-head doll)
  • Shaking head up and down (like saying yes)
  • Shaking head (like saying no)

Types

  • Cerebellar head tremors (intention tremors) can be related to damage to the cerebellum, which is the part of the brain that controls coordination; these are usually noticed when your dog is intending to do something such as reaching to his food or water bowl
  • Toxin related head tremors are caused by the ingestion of some toxins such as rat poison, slug or snail baits, or compost
  • Drug related head tremors have been reported in dogs that have ingested certain drugs like antidepressants, amphetamines, and anti-emetics
  • Idiopathic head tremors are the most common and include any form of head tremors in which the cause is unknown

Causes of Head Tremors in Dogs

The most common head tremors have an unknown cause, but there are other types of head tremors that have certain causes such as:

  • Hereditary
  • Injury or trauma to the head
  • Certain medications
  • Extreme pain
  • Renal (kidney) disorders
  • Low blood sugar
  • Low calcium level
  • Toxicity from chemicals or plants
  • Central nervous system (CNS) disease
  • Swelling of the brain

Diagnosis of Head Tremors in Dogs

Diagnosing head shaking is extremely difficult to diagnose, especially when it is idiopathic. However, the veterinarian will do this by excluding other causes and narrowing it down. The first step is to perform a comprehensive physical examination. This usually includes a complete assessment of your dog’s entire body, including vital signs, auscultation, and palpation.

The veterinarian will also need your dog’s complete medical history and immunization records. Be sure to mention any medications you have given him. Laboratory tests are done next, which usually include a complete blood count, blood urea nitrogen, blood sugar, urinalysis, fecal examination, and electrolyte analysis. Finally, your veterinary care provider will get some head and spinal x-rays and possibly do a CT scan, MRI, and ultrasound.

Treatment of Head Tremors in Dogs

Treatment for head tremors involves addressing the underlying illness or condition your veterinarian finds. This may be medical or surgical, depending on the cause.

Medical

If your dog is suffering from some sort of treatable condition of the cerebellum, the veterinarian may prescribe an anticonvulsant drug such as potassium bromide, diazepam, or phenobarbital or an immunosuppressive dose of corticosteroids. If your dog is suffering from a toxin or drug ingestion, an emetic will usually be used to induce vomiting and an antidote will be given, if available. Intravenous fluids are given to flush the system and prevent dehydration. Mannitol may be given for CNS problems. Kidney disorders may be treated with medication or surgery, depending on the case.

Surgical

If your dog has a CNS condition or cerebellum damage, a surgical approach may be the best option. In some cases, the pressure may need to be relieved from the brain and the veterinarian may place a shunt to redirect the fluid.

Hospitalization

If your dog is having trouble breathing or needs to be stabilized, the veterinarian may admit him to the hospital until he is stable. The length of stay depends on your dog’s condition and the cause of the head tremors.

Recovery of Head Tremors in Dogs

While head tremors may seem like a serious condition, in the majority of cases it is an idiopathic tremor that is not dangerous and probably bothers you more than your dog. In fact, he may not even know it is happening. However, if your dog has a serious condition or needs surgery, his prognosis depends on the case. Generally, the overall prognosis is good.

Head Tremors Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Baelor
Australian Shepherd
21 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Trembling

I noticed the head tremors this evening. She looks at me as though she's looking through me. She hasn't been acting like a normal dog in the last couple of months but I figured it was because we moved. I can't lose my baby girl, she's all I have.
Unfortunately I can't pay for my own medical issues let alone hers...

Our 14 month old black lab just had his first set of head tremors yesterday. Of course, we had no clue what was happening and after two episodes brought him into the ER vet. After reading up on these last night on our own, it’s most likely this is what he’s experiencing. My question: do they outgrow these? How many do they usually have? (Daily/weekly?) They are heart-wrenching to watch (although thankful they are not harmful to him!)

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Baelor
australian shepherd mix
21 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Trembling

I noticed Baelor having head tremors this evening, she has such a lost look to her eyes as though she's looking right through me. I don't know what to do... I don't want to lose my girl but I can't afford to pay for my own medical issues right now let alone hers...

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Zoey
Bulldog
22 Months
Mild condition
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Our 1yr female bulldog has had a few head tremors.I have done some research that they aren't harmful we thought of breeding our girl should we do that ?????

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head tremors are considered idiopathic (unknown cause) so we cannot really attribute them to a genetic condition although they are more common in Bulldog breeds. They are harmless and cause no pain or loss of consciousness; I cannot advise against breeding as I have no scientific evidence to support a case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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I have a 1 and a half year old whippit Cross staffy. And her head has just randomly started shaking really fast every couple of minutes. I'm really panicking as she's my best friend I don't know what to do she's never done anything like this?

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I am 63 years old, I was diagnosed of Parkinsons disease at the age of 57. I had severe calf pain, muscle pain, slurred speech, frequent falls, loss of balance, difficulty getting up from sitting position. I was placed on Sinemet 3 times daily, it helped me but not very much. My neurologist advised me to try natural treatments and introduced me to NewLife Clinic Parkinsons Disease Herbal formula, I read alot of positive reviews from other patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on the treatment. I had great improvement and relief with this treatment, total decline of symptoms. Great improvement with speech, co-ordination, balance, muscle, mood etc, I gained back my life with this treatment and can never be thankful enough. Visit NewLife Clinic official website ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com.

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Murphy
Cocker Spaniel
2 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

Almost 2 year old cocker spaniel started having head tremors today. One at 7 AM, then at 4, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:15. Episodes getting progressively longer. Seem to present when he is relaxing. Fits all descriptions of idiopathic tremors: seems alert, no other symptoms, plays, can be distracted to stop it. I'm freaked out because this is the first time its happened, and they're getting more frequent.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Idiopathic head tremors are not typical for this breed but may occur; other causes would need to be ruled out by your Veterinarian like cervical vertebral instability, trapped nerves, poisoning (unlikely) and other causes before settling on an idiopathic diagnosis. These tremors are harmless but will leave a loving owner concerned, have your Veterinarian give Murphy a once over to make sure that there isn’t any other condition which may be causing these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I am 63 year old who was diagnosed 8 months ago with Parkinson's. I had severe calf pain, muscle pain, slurred speech, frequent falls, loss of balance, difficulty in getting up from sitting position, I was having a problem accepting my diagnosis, even though I read every thing I could find to read. I was put on Sinemet 3 times daily but it didn’t seem to be helping. After 4 months of been diagnosed I was having difficulty writing. Getting in bed, turning over. There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. So this year our primary physician suggested I started on Natural Herbal Gardens Parkinson’s Herbal formula which eased my anxiety a bit,We ordered their PD herbal treatment after reading alot of positive reviews, i am happy to report with the help of Natural Herbal Garden natural herbs I have been able to reverse my symptoms using herbs,8 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of Slurred Speech, loss of balance, or weakness. Visit Natural Herbal Gardens official website www. naturalherbalgardens .com This Herbal Protocol is Incredible!! My life is back.

Adopted a rescue mutt pup. 1yr.old. Bobble head tremors but runs like lightning etc. His hind legs are awkward unless he's in motion. Story was: he got stuck in birth canal & c section was done. Lack of O2 to brain? He's great but shakes and loud sudden noises ( sneezing , coughing) freak him out. We named him Bam because he occasionally walks into walls. We love him. Any meds to correct or aid?

I am 63 years old, I was diagnosed of Parkinsons disease at the age of 57. I had severe calf pain, muscle pain, slurred speech, frequent falls, loss of balance, difficulty getting up from sitting position. I was placed on Sinemet 3 times daily, it helped me but not very much. My neurologist advised me to try natural treatments and introduced me to NewLife Clinic Parkinsons Disease Herbal formula, I read alot of positive reviews from other patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on the treatment. I had great improvement and relief with this treatment, total decline of symptoms. Great improvement with speech, co-ordination, balance, muscle, mood etc, I gained back my life with this treatment and can never be thankful enough. Visit NewLife Clinic official website ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com.

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My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease nearly 7 years ago, when he was 49. He had a stooped posture, tremors, right arm does not move and also has a pulsating feeling in his body. He was placed on Sinemet for 8 months and then Sifrol was introduced which replaced the Sinemet. During this time span he was also diagnosed with dementia. He started having hallucinations, and lost touch with reality.I searched for alternative treatments and and started him on Parkinson's herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, Just 7 weeks into the Herbal formula treatment he had great improvements with his slurred speech, there is no case of Rigid muscles and Slowed movement (bradykinesia) since treatment, visit Health Herbal Clinic official website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email [email protected] healthherbalclinic. net. This treatment is incredible!

My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease nearly 7 years ago, when he was 49. He had a stooped posture, tremors, right arm does not move and also has a pulsating feeling in his body. He was placed on Sinemet for 8 months and then Sifrol was introduced which replaced the Sinemet. During this time span he was also diagnosed with dementia. He started having hallucinations, and lost touch with reality.I searched for alternative treatments and and started him on Parkinson's herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, Just 7 weeks into the Herbal formula treatment he had great improvements with his slurred speech, there is no case of Rigid muscles and Slowed movement (bradykinesia) since treatment, visit Health Herbal Clinic official website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email [email protected] healthherbalclinic. net. This treatment is incredible!

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Peppers
Shih Tzu Pomeranian
16 Weeks
Serious condition
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My puppy is a Shih tzu Pom. My puppies head has been bobbing for past 2 hours. He is very sleepy and just had his 16 week shots yesterday. We went to the vet and they said they couldn't bill us so we had to leave. What should we do? Should we give him syrup for his sugar levels? please help.

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Head tremors or bobbing are a noted adverse reaction to vaccination in dogs; these types of reactions are usually short in duration and do not cause any distress to the dog. Without examining Peppers, I cannot tell you for sure that this is the cause, however there is a known relationship. Keep a close eye on Peppers and if you don’t see any improvement visit a charity clinic in your area if available. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4572830/

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Nilla
Pomeranian
12 Weeks
Mild condition
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Wobbly,
Wobbly

My Pomeranian puppy is about 12 weeks now and recently started having these episodes where her head moves from side to side similar to a bobble head. She will run around and play but a little uncoordinated and will even fall over at times. It usually happens in the evening and will go away after sleeping overnight. She doesn't seem to be in pain but it's happened about three times now and I'm starting to get worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the head tremors or bobblehead symptom which may include idiopathic head tremors, cervical vertebral instability, hydrocephalus, head trauma, focal seizure among other causes. A visit to your Veterinarian is required to determine the underlying cause as there are a few different possible causes; if the cause is idiopathic head tremors, they are painless and a dog remains conscious throughout but all other causes need to be ruled out first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Axell
French Bulldog
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

My 5 month old puppy has been shaking his head (I believe head tremors) since the day we got him. It did seem to be worse when he was younger but he still does it every day. He almost seems to do it when he is nervous, trying to smell something or trying to focus on something. His head shakes every day - multiple times a day. I don't think he notices it but people always bring it up. I wasnt too concerned but others are worrying me. Is it something to be concerned of?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Idiopathic head tremors occur in all breeds but some breeds like Bulldogs are over represented, but before a diagnosis of idiopathic head tremors can be made it is important for your Veterinarian to examine Axell to rule out other possible causes of head tremors. Idiopathic head tremors are not painful, occur for a few seconds and a dog remains conscious and responsive throughout. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Xara
Doberman Pinscher
13 Weeks
Mild condition
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My 13 week old Doberman Xara started having tremors a few weeks ago. She's been on here infection medicine for the last two weeks and just finished up her jealo been on here infection medicine for the last two weeks and just finished up her prescription. The tremors have been a little more spacious but instead of just doing then when she sits she is now doing them when she stands as well. Contacted the breeder none of her doberman from this with you or previous ones I have ever had the idiopathic tremors. Not really sure what to do we were told if we are too worried to go to to go to a neurologist. Everywhere research only gives vague answers just trying to make sure that my puppy is ok. Daily lifestyle and activity level have not changed. Any advice helps

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Idiopathic head tremors have been reported in Dobermans and have an unknown cause, they are not painful and a dog remains conscious during an episode. Before a diagnosis of idiopathic head tremors can be made, all other possible causes like trauma, infection, vertebral anomalies etc… need to be rule out first. Keep a close eye on Xara, but if you are concerned, a visit to a Neurologist would be your next step but they may just give a diagnosis of idiopathic had tremors as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Darla
Shih Tzu
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Lethargy
Head Trembling

Medication Used

Robaxin

I have a 6 year old shi tzu who's been having tremors for 3 days. It looks more like her head is twitching or ticking. The tremors have improved a bit now but I'm concerned as this has never happened before and she has been feeling very lethargic and unwell. Not sure if her lethargy is due to the tremors or a side effect of the meds for muscle spasms the vet prescribed her. She had her lab work done at the vet but her report was unremarkable. Do you think her symptoms are idiopathic or does it seem more like a neurological problem? She has an appt with a neurologist tomorrow.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a Shih Tzu, I would be siding more towards a neurological or spinal issue compared to an idiopathic head tremor as Shih Tzu’s are not a predisposed breed to idiopathic head tremors. The Neurologist will perform a full examination and most likely will take some x-rays which may be with contrast media (myelography) to help with the diagnosis. The blood work you mentioned as being unremarkable so many internal conditions can be ruled out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lulu
English Bulldog
4 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

My family just adopted an almost 4 yr old bulldog. We've had a little over one week. She's doing great with her food, no allergies, a little hip dysplasia, all in all a pretty healthy pup. This morning when going over to her as she was waking up I noticed her head was shaking. It continued off and on for about 2 minutes. She couldn't stop it but could control her limbs and the rest of her body. Any ideas? She I get her to the vet immediately?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bulldogs are prone to idiopathic head tremors which are non-painful tremors which occur for an unknown reason; other causes needs to be ruled out before a diagnosis of idiopathic tremors is made which include spinal injury, nerve injury, poisoning, behavioural issues among others. Have your Veterinarian check her over at her next check up; if the issue gets worse or more frequent an earlier visit may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nola
Pekinese/shih tzu
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head shaking with some distress

My 7 month pekinese/shih Tzu cross was knocked doen by a car 2nd Sept resulting in 4 pelvic fractures, broken rib and severe bruising of the lungs. She was successfully operated on, on 6th Sept. Tonight while holding her on my lap her head started shaking from side to side and her breathing got pretty rapid.This has happened several times since thenCan this be caused by her recent trsuma, or something else. She has been through so much and this has me worried.

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It is very likely that the head bobbing and shaking is due to the recent road traffic accident; trauma to the brain can be difficult to assess with some symptoms brain injury being delayed weeks or even months especially in younger dogs. Brain swelling, neck injury among other issues may be causing the shaking, it would be best to return to your Veterinarian to see if a course of steroids or other medication (depending on the cause) may help control the shaking. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tanner
Labradoodle
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

8yr old labradoodle, head tremors with NO other shaking througout entire body....he was at groomers and they didn't want to groom because concern of agitating possible condition. He's very healthy with regular checkups.....I have never seen a tremmor outside of what groomer shared. Couldn't anxiety cause the tremmor...and would some type of med (valum type)before going groomers be the solution????

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Tremors caused by anxiety would normally affect the whole body, I cannot condone the use of Valium (diazapam) for this type of tremor - I’ll not comment. Labradors and Labrador crosses are susceptible to idiopathic head tremors which may be the cause which was brought on by a visit to the groomers. It is important to visit your Veterinarian to rule out other possible causes of head tremors before any decision is made. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease nearly 7 years ago, when he was 49. He had a stooped posture, tremors, right arm does not move and also has a pulsating feeling in his body. He was placed on Sinemet for 8 months and then Sifrol was introduced which replaced the Sinemet. During this time span he was also diagnosed with dementia. He started having hallucinations, and lost touch with reality.I searched for alternative treatments and and started him on Parkinson's herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, Just 7 weeks into the Herbal formula treatment he had great improvements with his slurred speech, there is no case of Rigid muscles and Slowed movement (bradykinesia) since treatment, visit Health Herbal Clinic official website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email [email protected] healthherbalclinic. net. This treatment is incredible!

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Pop
Labrador
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi.
Our 1 year old Labrador has recently been having small head tremors. We first noticed this when she was playing with her ball and we took it out her mouth. However last night she did a small tremor lasting only a few seconds without playing with her ball. Our vet has done a full physical examination and took a blood test which came back fine. We are booked in for an MRI scan on Monday. We believe it’s likely they are idiopathic however we are understanbly very worried.

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Labradors are prone to idiopathic head tremors; normally if the tremor stops when you divert their attention or lasts a short period of time then idiopathic head tremors are a strong possibility. However, it is important to rule out other causes with a neurological examination and an MRI in order to make a diagnosis of idiopathic head tremors. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bosch
Boxer
1 Year
Mild condition
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My one year old boxer started having head tremors today. He has had 3 today, they don't seem to bother him and he happily wags his tail at all the attention he is getting. They last for less than a minute and seem to occur as he is waking up or relaxing. He is otherwise happy and healthy. Should we have him looked at? I'm concerned about the cost of tests but also terrified something will go undiagnosed.

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Idiopathic head tremors are common in Boxers and are not painful and there is no treatment; some Veterinarians will run tests to rule out other possible causes to be on the safe side whilst others will just diagnose it as idiopathic head tremors given the breed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zeus
Golden Retreiver
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Head Trembling

Golden Retriever, 8yr old, being treated for skin condition with steroids and antibiotics currently. He is near the end of the treatment and started the head trembling 2 nights ago. He did it for about 1-2 min and stopped. It happened again just now, about 36 hrs later, also for about 2 minutes. I got it on video this time. He shows no discomfort and responds to commands while it is happening, just seems involuntary. Very concerned and wondering what could cause this.

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It is possible that Zeus is having tremors due to current treatment or due to another cause; most causes of head tremors are idiopathic (we don’t know why) and it is always best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to rule of other possible causes of tremors before making a diagnosis of idiopathic head tremors. If the cause is idiopathic head tremors, they are not painful and a dog remains conscious and responsive throughout. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Niella
Golden Labrador
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Not Eating
sick
Sleeping alot
Throwing up any water she drinks
Head Tremors

Helllo. My name is Jennifer and my dog's name is Niella. I need some serious advice about what could possibly be wrong with her. She hasn't eaten her food for four days, drinks water but throws it up (there is no blood in her poop or throw up), she sleeps more than she is active, and she has just been really sick. I don't know what is going on, but I would really like some help.

Thank you.

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Head tremors may or may not be connected to the other symptoms; idiopathic head tremors may occur in Labradors and we don’t usually know why but the tremors may also be due to other causes including head trauma, neurological issues, poisoning, pain, spinal disorders among other issues. Given her age and symptoms, you should have her taken in to be seen by your Veterinarian (you can also discuss spaying as well) because there are various possible causes and since she is vomiting up water after drinking I am concerned with dehydration. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brewster
Boxer
2 1/2
Fair condition
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I have two boxers, Max is 6 yrs old and has have head bobbing up and down seizures for a three years now. He has been on phenobarbital and has reduced the number of seizures while on it. I got another boxer who is now 2 and half and just starting having the same seizures that Max has. I think this is so weird, I know that medication is very expensive, so is there anything else I can do for Brewster during his seizures, they only have been lasting a minute but he has never has any trauma to his head. Now max has had trauma to his head, so that I do understand why he has this. But Brewster is a mystery. Should I be taking him in or do these seizures really do not bother the dogs and really not harmful to them. Is there anything else naturally I can give him to reduce the numbers of seizure he has if he has more today. So far one last night and one this morning. oops he is having another one as we speak. That is too frequent. Just want to make sure not harmful to him.

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Boxers are prone to head tremors where the head bobs either up and down or side to side, during these tremors a dog is responsive with no loss of consciousness and responds to be being called; these tremors are harmless and unfortunately have an unknown cause. If there is an actual seizure, then this is more serious and would need to be evaluated by a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 2 year old Doberman who has ear/allergy problems. But yesterday was not his typical ear head shake. It was involuntary twitching. I of course freaked out thinking he was gonna die or something. I got a treat to see if he could snap out of it. And he did. It continued for about ten minutes off and on. Not sure what to do. Vet or no vet.

Am a male aged 60 and diagnosed with Parkinson"s at 59. I had some symptoms for a few years before diagnosis; stiff achy right arm and ankle, right hand tremor when typing, tiredness, body shivers, falls due to tripping. I was always active, bicycle riding to/from work daily and putting in 2 to 3,000 miles on my bicycle per year. i was on Mysoline 250mg in 3 doses for the essential tremor. Madopar 200mgfour times a day. Sifrol 1mg three times a day, I started on Health Herbal Clinic Parkinsons Disease Herbal formula treatment in November 2016, i read alot of positive reviews on their success rate treating Parkinsons disease through their PD Herbal formula and i immediately started on the treatment. Just 8 weeks into the Herbal formula treatment I had great improvements, my hand tremors seized. I am unbelievably back on my feet again, visit Health Herbal Clinic official website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email [email protected] healthherbalclinic. net.My have reduced my symptoms have so much reduced that now I hardly notice them.

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Kenai
Black Labrador
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Wont sit still
agitated
whimpering
heavy breathing

My dog started having these tremors, side to side, this evening. She responds when spoken to and they stop briefly. She is very agitated and uncomfortable. Won't sit still and is whimpering. Are these other symptoms common?

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Some dogs are prone to a condition called idiopathic head tremors where the head tremors for no known reason, it isn’t harmful and it rarely escalates; just something to keep an eye on. Other causes may be due to ear infections, you can smell the ears for any unusual odor or redding of the ear canal; tumours; or a focal seizure. I would keep an eye on Kenai and if the severity increases or you are generally concerned, visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lady
Catahoula Leopard Dog
4
Mild condition
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I have a 4 yr old Catahoula Leopard dog who just presented with short left-to-right head tremors. I think she was excited about the chicken in the kitchen. I noticed it immediately and it only lasted less than a minute. I went over to give her attention and calm petting and calming talk to her and it stopped. Is this idiopathic in this breed. No other symptoms are present.

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Idiopathic head tremors or bobbing may occur in this breed, but before a diagnosis can be made the other possible causes of tremors (focal seizures, head trauma, poisoning etc…) need to be ruled out first. If Lady is responsive and the tremors stop when she is called or interacted with then the chance of idiopathic head tremors is higher but cannot say with any certainty; I would suggest that you keep a note of frequency, behaviour before and after, duration, eye position and other noteworthy information before you visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tallulah
Golden Retriever
1.5
Moderate condition
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Head Trembling

My puppy (almost 1.5 years old) has been having head tremors for at least 6 months now. We didn’t notice anything before that, but it’s possible it was happening. We adopted her so we’re not totally sure what mix she is, but our next guess is golden retriever and Australian cattle dog. She has tremors (that we notice) at least 2x each month. She’s currently having an episode... it’s been about 10 minutes. She does stop for about 30 seconds here and there to move or give kisses, and she’s responding to her name but won’t come when called. Just kind of lifts her head and rolls on her side. Is this something to be concerned about?

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Head tremors are common in Labradors and are usually nothing to be concerned about and don’t usually cause any pain, the cause is unknown but they do occur; it would be best to have your Veterinarian check Tallulah over to be on the safe side as there are other possible conditions which need to be ruled out before a diagnosis of idiopathic head tremors can be made. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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cupcake
crossbreed dog
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Twitching

My dog was diagnosed with distemper on her 6th month (October), and she is cured with canglob 10 shots, but she suffers from the side effect of the virus which is the tremor. Can the tremor be treated?

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Thank you for your email. I'm glad that Cupcake recovered, many dogs do not, sadly. The long term effects of Distemper can be variable. it really is very individual whether they continue to have tremors, or whether that is a long lasting effect. Time will tell if her tremors resolve. I wish the best for her.

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Diesel
Pit Bullmastiff
3 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
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Has Symptoms

Head Trembling

My dog Diesel, just started having having head shakes this morning... Doesn't seem in pain or irritated. Responds to me when i call his name. But they've been on and off when hes relaxed for the past 30minutes. He has also been refusing to eat the past 3-4 days.. We figured it was just him wanting people food (he gets our leftovers sometimes). Its starting to scare me a little bit.. As theyeve been almost continuous unless hes being active. Should we take him in? We don't really have the money to take him to the vet right now....Any advice would be great!

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Thank you for contacting us about Diesel - I'm sorry that he is having these signs. Because he has stopped eating and is having neurologic signs, he should be seen by his veterinarian, as there aren't really any things that you can do at home for him at this point. He may have low blood sugar, and he may be having partial seizures. Is it possible that he got into any toxins? Some veterinary clinics offer a 'free first exam' that you may be able to use, and most clinics do offer CareCredit to help cover unexpected expenses. I hope that he is okay, I can tell that you are worried about him.

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Milly
Lhasa Apso cross
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

My dog is an old girl she is 17. I know she is near the end and that she doesn’t have long left 😥but she has developed this odd head shake that sounds like head tremors or brain zapping and panting on and off. What I want to know is: Is she in pain? Does it give them a headache? I do not want to cause her stress by taking her to the vet unless I absolutely have to.

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Thank you for your question. It is so hard when our pets get old. She may be having a problem with her equilibrium, or she may be developing a tumor in her brain, or she may have some systemic disease that is affecting her blood values and causing these tremors. It would be a good idea to have her seen by your veterinarian, as there may be some medication that would help her, and I can't tell if she is in pain without examining her. I hope that she continues to do well otherwise.

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in my mid to late 40's. I had hand tremors for several years. Gradually becoming worse. I then noticed when I was tired the tremors were worse. I started falling for no apparent reason. I Later had stiffness in my legs and need to walk with 2 canes or a walker. I was very slow getting around. I am now 54 years old. I was forgetful at times and had difficulty expressing myself. I had difficulty swallowing at times. I become tired easily.Now am Parkinson's disease free,after using the Parkinson's disease herbal formula i purchased from BEST HEALTH HERBAL CENTRE for 6 weeks,tremors disappeared,No more legs stiffness,energy increased,walking without cane. All thanks to God for leading to BEST HEALTH HERBAL CENTRE. please visit their website for more information.. w w w. besthealthherbalcentre. c o m

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Philae
Jack Russell Terrier
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

Hi - I have a 7 year old Jack Russell who was diagnosed with epilepsy at 2. She’s on phenobarbital and libromide to control her seizures. She’s recently developed these head nodding episodes - they can last for 10 minutes to a couple of hours - they are every couple of days now. She responds to her name and can walk around. She’s been to the Vets and they’ve recommended her to see a neurologist for a MRI scan. In your experience would you link this to a brain tumor? Many thanks!

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There are various causes for head bobbing which in many cases may be caused by cervical vertebrae instability or idiopathic causes; other causes like brain tumours, poisoning or inflammation of nerves are also possibilities. An MRI would be useful to rule out causes like brain tumours or other lesions but may be cost prohibitive, x-rays of the spine and a neurological workup should be carried out before moving on to more costly imaging studies. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in my mid to late 40's. I had hand tremors for several years. Gradually becoming worse. I then noticed when I was tired the tremors were worse. I started falling for no apparent reason. I Later had stiffness in my legs and need to walk with 2 canes or a walker. I was very slow getting around. I am now 54 years old. I was forgetful at times and had difficulty expressing myself. I had difficulty swallowing at times. I become tired easily.Now am Parkinson's disease free,after using the Parkinson's disease herbal formula i purchased from BEST HEALTH HERBAL CENTRE for 6 weeks,tremors disappeared,No more legs stiffness,energy increased,walking without cane. All thanks to God for leading to BEST HEALTH HERBAL CENTRE. please visit their website for more information.. w w w. besthealthherbalcentre. c o m

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King
Doberman Pinscher
18 Months
Mild condition
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Head Trembling

I have a Doberman that is 18 months old. We have recently in the past couple of months noticed the sporadic head tremors. There doesn't seem to be any other symptoms other that the shaking head. last night was the worst one as he was slobbering a bit. Once my husband talked to him and gave him a treat he was fine. Any suggestions?

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Thank you for your email. It would be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian. Doberman's are prone to Wobbler's syndrome, and a good examination from your veterinarian will allow them to assess his neurologic function and decide if he needs further testing. It would be a good idea to video the episodes if possible so that your veterinarian can see what his behavior is even if it isn't happening during the exam. I hope that everything is fine with King.

My dog is 13 years of age, and he's been doing this wobble side to side all night long, I've given him 2 sleeping pills, 2 pain meds, and 2 benadryl since 5 am and its noon and he still hasn't laid down or slept,,,help!!

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Mac
Border collie jack Russell mix
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

I have an 10 and a half year old jack russell border collie mix, her name's Mac, I've noticed some head nodding or twitching, it's only for a few seconds she plays around and walks fine doesn't lose balance, she had a physical exam the other day and we were told she looked perfectly healthy. What could this be and should we get blood work done?

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Thank you for your email. It would probably be a good idea to have some senior lab work done by your veterinarian, as she is becoming an older dog, and many things are easier to treat if caught earlier. If the head tremors persist or become worse, it may help to video the episodes so that your veteirnarian can see them, as she may not do it during her examination. I hope that all goes well for Mac.

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Chopper
English Bulldog
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Tachycardia

I have a 1&1/2 year old English bulldog who showed signs of a idiopathic head tremor last night, we didn’t know what it was at first so we took him to the vet and they treated him for arrhythmia because his heart rate was over 200. They did a ECG on him, everything normal. He’s due to see a cardiologist in a few days, but the head tremors happened again tonight. Is there a correlation between the tremors and his heart rate being so high? Could it be an arrhythmia or just eleveated because it was his first time experiencing the head tremor and maybe he was afraid or anxious?

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It is difficult to say as typically dogs are not aware of the head tremors, although a elevated heart rate may be related. Thankfully, idiopathic head tremors are not painful as normally dogs are not aware of the tremors; you should discuss with the Cardiologist at your appointment as they may be able to shed more light on this possible relationship than myself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Carmel
Chihuahua/poodle
6 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Trembling

My dog is a 6weeks old and she throug up and we caooed the doctor and she said that after she vomited what she ate ,her head would stop moving up and down but it's been about 20 minutes and whenever I call her name she picks up her head and it's still moving, about how long will it take for it to go away?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Chihuahua's are prone to neurologic disorders, and small dogs are prone to episodes of hypoglycemia. If this behavior hasn't stopped, or if it continues, she should be seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to evaluate Carmel and determine if she has a problem. One thing that you can do is to make sure that she is eating frequent meals to maintain her blood sugar. If she continues vomiting, she should be seen. I hope that all goes well for her!

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Leña
Spanish Greyhound
10 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head bobbing
Head Shaking

My female Galgo(Spanish Greyhound) has her head shake or bob at least once a day. At most it happens 2 - 3 times a day. It has me wonder why she does this?
We have had a male dog who had epileptic seizures due to a heart condition which he was born with. Lena's head shaking slightly resembles the first signs of our passed dog's seizures, and got me worried. She has a difficult past behind her. She was rescued from a hunter in Spain, who kept Lena only to have her produce litters until she became useless and was abandoned. She has clear marks of past injuries and has poor line of sight. However, only possible damage to her head in the past is just a bite mark on her snout, so I can't determine if she has suffered any possible damage to her head as in her scalp area. I have also noted, that she has a bad tartar condition on her teeth. Could it be possible that pressure caused by a bad dental condition could have something to do with the issue also?

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With dogs with a prior history which is mostly unknown, it is difficult to determine if a previous head injury is causing neurological issues later in life; the dental issues shouldn’t be causing an issue but you should have a cleaning done regardless. Head tremors may occur for a variety of reasons and may be due to trauma, neurological disorders, spinal disorders, infections, poisoning among other causes. If she remains alert and responds to her name when called during these episodes I would suggest keeping an eye on her, if she doesn’t respond or there are other concerning symptoms visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sassie
Shih Tzu
4 Months
Mild condition
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Head Shaking

I have a 4 month old shihzhu ( I believe she's mixed with another breed) Sassie is generally a very active puppy and considered very normal she gets her shots regularly and goes to the vet.... however a few days ago she just started bobbing her head and acting as if she couldn't walk straight and sir up or even respond to her name ( which she knows) I called the vet and cried and everything.... however the next day she was better like this never happened.... now every other night or so the same action persists.... but the next day she back to her normal self... should I be worried? Or is this normal in smaller breed pups?

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Idiopathic head tremors are not typical in Shih Tzus and a dog will typically respond to being called if they are affected; however, if Sassie doesn’t respond to being called then this may be a more serious neurological issue. I would recommend that you try to catch an event like this on camera so that you can show this to your Veterinarian and a Neurologist if referred as the likelihood of replicating the issue in the exam room is small. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I’m experiencing the same issue with my shitzu. I’m not used to my Gizmo like this.

We are litterally going through the same thing with our shihtzu Bonita. I hope
Someone answers you so I can see the response. Good luck to you. :(

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ZuZu
French Bulldog
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

jerking head

I have a 2 1/2 year old French Bulldog who was diagnosed with MegaEsophagus when she was 3 weeks old....Through trial and error we have been successful in managing her illness. She is not on meds, she eats Wellness Simple Turkey and Potato wet food mixed with water which is spoon fed to her while she is in a Bailey chair...she stands in the chair for 35-40 minutes following each meal (twice/day). She sleeps with a neck hug on...she has done really well despite having this disease. But, ever since we have had her (since she was 12 weeks) she has had this jerking motion of her head to the left. It's as if she is looking over her shoulder except that she does it multiple times before it seems to stop for awhile only to start again. When she is resting I do not see her do this, but the entire time she is awake and active she had this jerking motion. I know that MG can also be common in dogs with ME...is that jerking a symptom of MG? What is another explanation?

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French Bulldogs are a breed which may be affected by idiopathic head tremors which cause non painful tremors or movements which occur unconsciously usually when a dog is standing or sitting; for a diagnosis of idiopathic head tremors to be made a thorough examination and x-rays need to be done to rule out other causes (spinal injury, congenital disorders - French Bulldogs are prone to spinal issues). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
German Spitz
3 Months
Fair condition
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Drooling
Head Shaking

I have a 3 month old american eskimo (minature)- she has on several occasions had a head bobble, which I thought she may just be trying to sniff but I looks different- they only seem to last seconds not minutes like they do for others- I google some symptoms and I notice that drooling can be part of seizures- I have notice drool on a couple occasions that seems concerning and weird, but she seemed to be like normal just seconds after- we got her at home at 7 weeks and she has not been exposed to any toxins as we have a 4 year old american eskimo with no issues-

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the symptoms you are seeing, some conditions like idiopathic head tremors do not affect American Eskimos so they can be ruled out; however focal seizures, congenital deformities, poisoning (no matter how unlikely) among other conditions may cause these symptoms. You should have Bella thoroughly checked by your Veterinarian at her next vaccination visit (last one should be around 16 weeks) and in the meantime try to see if she is responsive during an episode, does she respond to her name or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bunny
Siberian Husky
10 Years
Fair condition
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I have a 10 year old Husky that I just saw for the first time ever experience head shaking. It lasted about a minute and it was when someone came into the house that she likes. She seemed responsive during the episode but the head shaking was an involuntary motion. I went over and held her face and she looked at me and it continued for a little before it stopped. She is up to date with all of her vaccinations and takes glucosamine and condroitin supplements but she hasn't been on any flea and tick prevention for the past two months. She does get fed table scraps by people in the household pretty often. No past heath concerns or issues. I am worried especially due to her age and the fact that this has never happened before.

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Head tremors may occur for a variety of reasons and a one off event should be monitored for recurrence; causes may include cervical intervertebral disc disease, idiopathic head tremors (we don’t know the cause), poisoning, excitement or other causes. I would keep an eye on her and see if they recur or not, if they do you should make note about what she did or ate etc… before the episodes occurred to see if there are any patterns. A visit to your Veterinarian would be useful to an examination and possibly an x-ray to rule out some causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I had a 9 yr old boxer that had head tremors was sleet during weng ti vet they told me to give him vitamin b tablets every day and he stopped having them

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Ace
American Bulldog
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Loss of Balance
Head tremor
Eye Shaking

I have a 6yr old American Bulldog that started losing his balance and nodding his head from side to side. He can't walk straight and started bumping into things as he passes by. When he lays down he still nods his head and his eyes seem to be slightly shifting too. What can it be?

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Thank you for your email. Possible reasons for Ace's behavior include inner ear problems, vestibular disease, infection, or a tumor. It would be best to have him examined by your veteirnarian, as they will be able to assess his neurologic status, general health, and recommend any necessary testing or treatments. I hope that he is okay.

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Poppy
Yorkipoo
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

We have a small 4yr old yorkie poo who within the last 48 hours has exhibited the head bobble, as well as, has been very lethargic, doesn’t seem to be able to see very well, and won’t go to his food bowls unless we bring it to him. He has been to the vet who tested for numerous things including Lymes ( which came back negative). She also said it could be something of a slipped disk since he bunny hips up the stairs. But he seems even more lethargic today. He was running around happy as a clam a dog friday and went south quickly. We just aren’t sure what the next step should be.

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Head bobble may be caused by numerous different conditions which may include slipped discs, hydrocephalus, poisoning among other causes; I would recommend having an x-ray done to look for any involvement from the intervertebral discs or other anomalies which may be present on the spine especially if Poppy is bunny hopping. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bentley
Border Collie
4 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

we have a 4 1/2 year old border collie mix who we have had since he was 6 weeks old. He has never had any head injuries but is a very emotional dog. In the last couple of years he will have sporadic head shakes. He is alert and has no balance problems. (We also have a 5 year old Lab/Great Dane who has not shown any of these symptoms)

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Thank you for your email. Without examining Bentley, i can't determine what might be going on with him. he may be having a neurologic issue, and it would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, as they can assess his neurologic status and decide if he is having a problem, as well as what might be done about it. I hope that he is okay.

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Olivia
Beagle
7 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Trembling

Medication Used

neurobion

My seven month old female Beagle has been getting frequent head tremors. Her blood work was clean, negative for distemper and her ECG was also clear. She's eating well and active. She seems like a regular dog except when the tremors coming along with no warning. She is alert through th tremor anf we are able to distract her and get her out of it. After which she behaves absolutely normally. We have been to the vet multiple times but they haven't been able to help us. What can we do to help her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for head tremors which may include trauma, cervical spine injury, developmental disorders, degenerative myelopathy, idiopathic head tremors, poisoning among other causes; from your description it sounds more like an idiopathic head tremor since Olivia is responsive and stops when distracted. Idiopathic head tremors are not common in Beagles (it depends on which textbook you read) and they usually occur in bulldog breeds; however the symptoms seem to fit, if Olivia isn’t in any distress you should keep an eye on her and look for any other changes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello to Olivia. My 9mth old Frenchie just started the very same story as Olivas.Head treamours started today vet advised perfect bloods neurological tests great and perfect over all. The pattern with the head treamours is when he is resting and sleeping. How have you been managing with Olivia, is she doing well?

Hi. So we visited several vets and they have run multiple blood tests. All came back clear. Even her hormones and electrolytes seem to be fine. I have noticed that her tremors only occur when she is resting or sleeping. Could this be connected?

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Horton
Doberman Shepherd
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

I have a 9 year old Doberman/Shepherd mix. He has been to a neurologist, and was diagnosed with idiopathic head tremors. He went almost all winter without having one, now that it’s warming up, the tremors are starting again. Is there any correlation to weather/allergies and tremors? He is on a grain free diet. He was initially diagnosed with seizures, and given Keppra by our normal vet (Keppra didn’t help at all), then he was taken to the neurologist.

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The problem with idiopathic head tremors is that we don’t know why they occur (idiopathic is a fancy word for ‘we don’t know why’), since we don’t know why they occur we are limited with what we can do as far as treatment is concerned. Since idiopathic head tremors are not painful and dogs generally don’t know they are occurring we don’t really attempt to treat them (the tremors annoy the owners rather than the dog). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Misty
Collie
10 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

wouldn't eat
Shakiing head Droolin racing heart

My 10 year old Collie who was displaying some difficulty walking sometimes suddenly Sunday morning developed head tremor shaking as if she was saying no for about 30 minutes. She let me lay her down and pet her and it slowly stopped.Her heart was racing and she was drooling. I just happened to have an appointment the following morning with her Vet for a lyme test due to her limping and lyme test was negative. I told the vet about it and he said it could be vertigo related.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That behavior can be related to vestibular disease, a neurologic condition, or a partial seizure. If it happens again, try and video the episode for your veterinarian, as that will help them discern what type of event it was, and if any testing or treatment might be needed.

Thank you very much, that's the exact advice my personal vet gave was to try and video it on the phone. After Sunday she's been fine playful and back to eating normal and her lyme/heartworm test were negative. She's getting her annual physical next month and he's going to due full blood work up then. Thank You Again!

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Dallas
English Bulldog
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Head Tremors

Medication Used

Prednisone
Amoxicillin
Diazepam
Soloxine
Flagyl 125mg BID,
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Head Tremors. My English Bulldog who is female and 10yrs old has suffered from these since she was 1yr old. They were very random and spread out. She was recently been dx with Canine Vestibular Disease, hypothyroidism, and elevated liver enzymes. Kidney blood work and everything else was normal. The tremors are coming more frequent the last week or so. She is having 4-5 a day. Usually last 2-3 min but sometimes 10+ minutes. Any suggestions?

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English Bulldogs are one breed which are prone to a condition called Idiopathic Head Tremors; idiopathic meaning ‘we don’t know why it occurs’. There is no direct test to confirm, only ruling out other causes with neurological exams and radiology studies; it is a diagnosis of exclusion. There is no treatment which reduces the symptoms of idiopathic head tremors, but other causes which may be found during a workup may have better treatment options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed a small tremor in my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I'd either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson 's disease. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease. That was 4 years ago. I take Sinimet four times a day to control my symptoms, which include falling, imbalance, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and slurring of speech,December 2017 our family doctor started me on Green House Herbal Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official website www. greenhouseherbalclinic .com. I am strong again and able to go about daily activities.‌ This Herbal Formula is Incredible!!

Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed a small tremor in my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I'd either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson 's disease. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease. That was 4 years ago. I take Sinimet four times a day to control my symptoms, which include falling, imbalance, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and slurring of speech,December 2017 our family doctor started me on Green House Herbal Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official website www. greenhouseherbalclinic .com. I am strong again and able to go about daily activities.‌ This Herbal Formula is Incredible!!

Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed a small tremor in my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I'd either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson 's disease. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease. That was 4 years ago. I take Sinimet four times a day to control my symptoms, which include falling, imbalance, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and slurring of speech,December 2017 our family doctor started me on Green House Herbal Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official website www. greenhouseherbalclinic .com. I am strong again and able to go about daily activities.‌ This Herbal Formula is Incredible!!

Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed a small tremor in my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I'd either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson 's disease. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease. That was 4 years ago. I take Sinimet four times a day to control my symptoms, which include falling, imbalance, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and slurring of speech,December 2017 our family doctor started me on Green House Herbal Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official website www. greenhouseherbalclinic .com. I am strong again and able to go about daily activities.‌ This Herbal Formula is Incredible!!

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in my mid to late 40's. I had hand tremors for several years. Gradually becoming worse. I then noticed when I was tired the tremors were worse. I started falling for no apparent reason. I Later had stiffness in my legs and need to walk with 2 canes or a walker. I was very slow getting around. I am now 54 years old. I was forgetful at times and had difficulty expressing myself. I had difficulty swallowing at times. I become tired easily.Now am Parkinson's disease free,after using the Parkinson's disease herbal formula i purchased from BEST HEALTH HERBAL CENTRE for 6 weeks,tremors disappeared,No more legs stiffness,energy increased,walking without cane. All thanks to God for leading to BEST HEALTH HERBAL CENTRE. please visit their website for more information.. w w w. besthealthherbalcentre. c o m

Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed a small tremor in my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I'd either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson 's disease. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease. That was 4 years ago. I take Sinimet four times a day to control my symptoms, which include falling, imbalance, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and slurring of speech,This year, our family doctor started me on Mbeki Herbal Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors.

Visit Mbeki Herbal Clinic official website ww w.mbekiherbalclinic .com. I am strong again and able to go about daily activities.‌ This Herbal Formula is Incredible!!

Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed a small tremor in my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I'd either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson 's disease. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease. That was 4 years ago. I take Sinimet four times a day to control my symptoms, which include falling, imbalance, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and slurring of speech,This year, our family doctor started me on Mbeki Herbal Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors.

Visit Mbeki Herbal Clinic official website ww w.mbekiherbalclinic .com. I am strong again and able to go about daily activities.‌ This Herbal Formula is Incredible!!

I have a Lab and she just turned 12 and also starting having these tremors with her head shaking when she was around 1 now in the last month she has been getting them more often like 4-6 times a day. When I see it happening I give her a piece of cheese or peanut butter and it stops. Not sure if it is because I took her mind off of it or what?

Our lab,6 and a half, had one last week, tonight 3 so far. Has us totally freaked out, going to vet tom. but from what I'm reading that probably won't help. She doesn't seem to be in any pain. But we are!

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Cookie
Yorkshire Terrier
3 Years
Fair condition
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Head bobbing

Hi so my dog is a yorkie and she just started bobbing her head side to side all of a sudden while we were about to go to sleep. it is very worrisome for me and my family and we hope that we don't have to go through surgery since she is about 3 yrs old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head bobbing in a Yorkshire Terrier may be due to a few different conditions including idiopathic head tremors, seizure (focal), vestibular disorder, cervical spine disorder among other causes; you need to see if you can stop the bobbing by distracting her. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to rule out some causes and to check the spine for any issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I am a 49-year-old man. My Parkinson's disease appeared at the age of 47. My symptoms, at the beginning, were fine tremors and rigidity with joint stiffness. My neurologist prescribed entacapone with levodopa, carbidopa, and pramipexole. I opted not to go on prescription medicines but decided on using herbs instead, October 18, 2017 after being on the herbs you recommended, i had a total recovery from Parkinson’s disease with this natural herbal formula treatment. The tremors, Shaking, Joint Stiffness has subsided. When I stumbled upon you guys, it was just pure instinct. And from that day on it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. The caring that goes into explaining what herbs work for whatever ails me is astounding. In today’s world where so many are after a quick buck, selling without care, The Herbal Garden’s staffs amplifies the difference. I’m a believer in karma, and for generations to come, this is a herbal store that will be leaving it’s footprint in this world. Visit THE HERBAL GARDENS official web site www. theherbalgardens. org A world of thanks to The Herbal Gardens!”

Parkinson's symptoms first appeared when I was 68. I noticed a vibration in right foot and then right hand. After about 18 months a shake and/or tremor. Twelve months later, shaking. My neurologist. Started me on entacapone,levodopa, carbidopa, and pramipexole to reduce symptoms and slow down progression but I could not tolerate them for long due to severe side effects. I decided to adopt a more natural approach and started on Parkinson’s Disease Herbal formula from Green House Herbal Clinic, the PD natural formula immensely helped my condition, i had a total recovery from Parkinson’s disease with this natural herbal formula treatment. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official web site ww w. greenhouseherbalclinic. Weebly. com. I feel alive again! The tremors, Shaking, Joint Stiffness and other symptoms has subsided.  I am very pleased with this treatment. I feel very well now and exercise regularly, sometimes i totally forget i ever had Parkinson’s, My family are amazed at the change and rapid recovery from PD. since the procedure I enjoy walking the dog for my daily exercise. DON’T GIVE UP HOPE!!!

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Bailey
Boxer
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Head tremor

My 9yr old boxer had head tremors and doc said give him vitamin b tablet every day and he didn't have anymore after that. Now my 3yr boxer/dashund mix just had one exactly like my boxer had should I give her a vutmo. B tablet to

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Most of the time, head tremors in Boxer dogs or Boxer crosses are idiopathic with no known cause or treatment; if you had success in the past with a vitamin B supplement, you can try with Bailey just in case but I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian since Dachshunds and Dachshund crosses are prone to spinal issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kai
Husky
15 Weeks
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head tremor

Hello, my husky is 15 weeks old. She is having head tremors when she is resting and looking straight out or up at me (standing, sitting or laying down). The head tremor is like a fast slight nodding as she leans her body slightly back. It is accompanied by twitching in one of her eyes or both. This lasts a few seconds and she will often repeat it 2-3 times. She will usually put her head down after this or open her mouth and yawn. Other times, the twitching looks like her eyelids are fluttering as she leans back, which makes it look like she's fighting sleep. I used to think she was just tired, but she has been doing this more frequently, about every 15 minutes when she's awake. She is not whining, not scratching at her ears, nor exhibiting any other symptoms. What could this be?

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There are different causes for head tremors in puppies, some of which need treatment, and some of which may resolve or may continue but don't necessarily require any treatment. Since I cannot see her or assess her neurologic status, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to make sure that she is okay. If you are able to video the episodes, it would be very helpful to your veterinarian, as she probably won't display the behavior in the exam room. I hope that all goes well for her.

I am a 59-year-old woman. My Parkinson's disease appeared at the age of 57. My symptoms, at the beginning, were fine tremors and rigidity with joint stiffness. My neurologist prescribed entacapone with levodopa, carbidopa, and pramipexole. I opted not to go on prescription medicines but decided on using herbs instead, October 18, 2017 after being on the herbs you recommended, i had a total recovery from Parkinson’s disease with this natural herbal formula treatment. The tremors, Shaking, Joint Stiffness has subsided. When I stumbled upon you guys, it was just pure instinct. And from that day on it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. The caring that goes into explaining what herbs work for whatever ails me is astounding. In today’s world where so many are after a quick buck, selling without care, Natural Herbal Garden’s staffs amplifies the difference. I’m a believer in karma, and for generations to come, this is a herbal store that will be leaving it’s footprint in this world. Visit NATURAL HERBAL GARDENS official web site www. naturalherbalgardens. com A world of thanks to The Natural Herbal Gardens!”

I am a 59-year-old woman. My Parkinson's disease appeared at the age of 57. My symptoms, at the beginning, were fine tremors and rigidity with joint stiffness. My neurologist prescribed entacapone with levodopa, carbidopa, and pramipexole. I opted not to go on prescription medicines but decided on using herbs instead, October 18, 2017 after being on the herbs you recommended, i had a total recovery from Parkinson’s disease with this natural herbal formula treatment. The tremors, Shaking, Joint Stiffness has subsided. When I stumbled upon you guys, it was just pure instinct. And from that day on it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. The caring that goes into explaining what herbs work for whatever ails me is astounding. In today’s world where so many are after a quick buck, selling without care, Natural Herbal Garden’s staffs amplifies the difference. I’m a believer in karma, and for generations to come, this is a herbal store that will be leaving it’s footprint in this world. Visit NATURAL HERBAL GARDENS official web site www. naturalherbalgardens. com A world of thanks to The Natural Herbal Gardens!”

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Milo
Silky Terrier
9 Months
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bobbing the head
Listless
Vomiting

My puppy is normally very rambunctious and usually wild. Today he appears to be very listless, almost lethargic. He's been very quiet. He has been like this all day. Then all of a sudden he began bobbing his head like a bobble head. It doesn't seem to stop. About ten minutes ago he vomited. I don't know if he ate something outside as he tends to find things and eats them. I'm incredibly worried as he is quite young and not acting like his normal self. I'm concerned and want to know if my puppy is okay. I want to know if this is normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head bobbing or head tremors may occur with some breeds of dogs and some terrier breeds may also be affected; whilst this isn’t normal, it may not be something to be concerned about. Idiopathic head tremors are usually not painful and dogs do not know that they are occurring and will respond when called to; however, if you are noticing other symptoms like vomiting I would be concerned that Milo may have gotten into something and you should have him checked over by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side (the vomiting may be caused by nausea from the bobbing). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
American Bulldog
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Trembling

My American bull/pit mix has recently started head tremors at night when getting ready for bed. When I talk to him he’s responsive and when I let his head it stops. It makes me very nervous but doesn’t seem to bother him or affect him. Are they any things I can do to help him or should I just accept that this is ok. He’s in perfect health in every other way. Thank you for your help in advance!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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This may be nothing to worry about, as some dogs do develop benign head tremors. To make sure that he is okay, it might be a good idea to video the episodes, and have him examined by a veterinarian at some point to have his neurologic status evaluated and make sure that he is okay.

My 3yr old Catahoula is doing the exact same thing. Started tonight. His head tremors are up and down. It seems to start when he gets to go back to sleep. I can talk to him and pet him and they stop after a few seconds. Have you found any additional info?

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Griz
Australian Shepherd
11 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Trembling

Hi! I have an 11 month old Australian Sheppard Husky mix. 2 days ago, out of no where, while trying to fall asleep his head began to shake uncontrollably for about 15 seconds. He did this 3-4 times while trying to fall asleep. I woke him up and gave him some water and it stopped. The next day he was taking a nap and when he woke up his head began to take again for about 15 seconds. Today, it only happenend for about 1 second while he was trying to sleep. Should I keep waiting to see if it goes away or do you feel he needs immediate medical attention? It is very scary to watch my puppy go through this. He is acting normal throughout the day in my opinion. It only happens as he’s trying to fall asleep or as he’s waking up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The head tremor or shaking may be due to idiopathic head tremors or a type of focal seizure; you should monitor Griz for now and get an idea of frequency and duration as well as if you are able to distract Griz out of these episodes. You should then visit your Veterinarian for a general examination to ensure there are no other underlying causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Levi
Golden Retriever
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Distant
Quiet
Heart racing
Head held low

My puppy has been seeming off the past few days. He always has his head down and breathes heavily all the time... it’s almost like he’s scared or traumatized. I don’t know. He’s a puppy that usually has so much energy. He could possibly be depressed but I wouldn’t know why because we give him love and affection all the time. It’s all just making me worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Levi it is difficult to say whether or not he is scared or if he is in pain from something; given his age, rapid heartbeat, breathing changes and changes in behaviour I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian as soon as possible to determine a cause and make a plan for treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I am 63 year old who was diagnosed 8 months ago with Parkinson's. I had severe calf pain, muscle pain, slurred speech, frequent falls, loss of balance, difficulty in getting up from sitting position, I was having a problem accepting my diagnosis, even though I read every thing I could find to read. I was put on Sinemet 3 times daily but it didn’t seem to be helping. After 4 months of been diagnosed I was having difficulty writing. Getting in bed, turning over. There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. So this year our primary physician suggested I started on Natural Herbal Gardens Parkinson’s Herbal formula which eased my anxiety a bit,We ordered their PD herbal treatment after reading alot of positive reviews, i am happy to report with the help of Natural Herbal Garden natural herbs I have been able to reverse my symptoms using herbs,8 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of Slurred Speech, loss of balance, or weakness. Visit Natural Herbal Gardens official website www. naturalherbalgardens .com This Herbal Protocol is Incredible!! My life is back.

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Bishop
Boxer
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head bobbling
Head Shaking

My almost 9yr old boxer just appeared to start head tremors last night and had 3 more episodes today. He had an appt with the vet and she stated that after watching it, it looked like a seizure and to get him a MRI. The past 2 episodes hes had today, I was able to snap him out of it in a shorter amount of time with food and calling him to go outside. He only seems to do it when he is resting and is still alert to respond to different signals or his name. Any advice? Do only younger dogs get these idiopathic tremors? (According to the vet, it only happens in younger dogs) needing advice on where to go next.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Idiopathic head tremors generally first present in young to middle age dogs, but dogs of any age may get affected; however if your Veterinarian witnessed an ‘episode’ and thinks it is a seizure then I cannot second guess their opinion without examining him myself. It would be wise to have an MRI done due to Bishop’s age to rule out tumours etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dakota
Labrador and Spaniel mix
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tremor

Hi, my puppy Dakota is 5 months old and yesterday we noticed that she had a tremor (head shaking in a ‘no’ direction) in her puppy lessons as she was lying down. She’s had two more today and nothing really brings it on that’s we’ve noticed. As a new puppy owner this is really making me nervous.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Labradors may be prone to idiopathic head tremors which occur for an unknown reason but are not painful and a dog can usually be distracted out of them; however, partial seizures and other neurological or spinal conditions may cause this symptom too. You should have Dakota checked over by her Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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No name
French Bulldog
1 Day
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head bobbing and crawling in circle
Head bobbing and crawling in circ

Just had a litter of puppies a few hours ago,I’ve come home with them as time has passed one of the puppies is constantly going around in circles and her head is bobbing and jumping about abit vigirisly and it’s abit scary to see her breathing seems to stop and start like her mouth or throat has a lot of mucus on it,any advice would be greatly appreciated

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different possible causes for these symptoms which you are describing which may be due to developmental disorders, lack of oxygen during whelping among other causes; you should monitor the pup for the next few days, ensure that it is nursing and look for improvement or any other symptoms. If there is no improvement over the next few days, visit your Veterinarian for a full examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lobo
American bully
11 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Head shakes

My almost 1yr old american blue bully has recently starting having weird head “seizure like” shakes that he can’t control. Its either up and down or sideways, he is having them frequently and mostly when he is in a chill mode not doing anything other than laying or trying to sleep.

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Idiopathic head tremors are not an unusual finding in this breed and are usually not painful but occur during periods of inactivity; normally a dog is coherent and will response to his name and will otherwise behave normally. Before a diagnosis of idiopathic head tremors can be made, we have to rule out all other causes of head tremors before we can say with certainty that the cause is idiopathic (without a known cause). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 10 mth old Amstaff cross has just started having these tremors. It seems to only happen when he's half asleep...

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Nucky
Dalmatian
2 1/2
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bobble head

Medication Used

Cortisone
Antibiotics

Hello ,
I have a bulldog/Dalmatian mix "Nucky" he has had some issues with his skin (rash) and was given allergy shot and put on antibiotics for the sore he chewed in his paw from the excessive licking and scratching. The rash is clearing up tho having trouble keeping him off the paw. I clean and wrap it continuously. He's just obsessed with getting at it. Anyway point if this is I don't know if one has to do with the other but.. over the past 4 days he has been having these head tremors ? I can interrupt it if I say his name. They don't last long but first night they happened every couple of minutes for hours and hours. Non that I noticed the next day than day 3 a few in the morning than subsided. Now today mud afternoon and he just had two tremors ? Please help me out. Can't afford to take him back but am completely terrified for my best friend. Is it something I need to get looked at immediately?

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Idiopathic head tremors are a common occurrence in Bulldog breeds and crosses, they normally last only a few minutes but occur multiple times per day, do not cause a loss of consciousness and dogs will respond to being called. However, I cannot rule out if the tremors are due to idiopathic head tremors or due to some side effects of Nucky’s current medical issue; if there doesn’t seem to be any pain or distress, take a wait and see approach but if you are noticing pain or behavioural changes I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed a small tremor in my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I'd either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson 's disease. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease. That was 4 years ago. I take Sinimet four times a day to control my symptoms, which include falling, imbalance, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and slurring of speech,This year, our family doctor started me on Mbeki Herbal Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors.

Visit Mbeki Herbal Clinic official website ww w.mbekiherbalclinic .com. I am strong again and able to go about daily activities.‌ This Herbal Formula is Incredible!!

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Macky
Aspin
2 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling
Uncontrollable trembling
Uncontrollable

Last few days, I brought my dog into a vet for check up and his findings was that my dog is Ehrlicia Positive and said that my dog is anemic so then he prescribed us Neuronerv(1tablet-once a day), Doxycycline(2 capsule-once a day), Immunol (twice a day) and a Dextrose powder (2 tbsp for every 1 glass of water) within 24 hours, I noticed that my dog seems getting better but the next day his head, mouth, and body keeps on shaking/trembling uncontrollably. Whats the cause of this? Is there something wrong with the prescribed medications or findings? Please, notice my message.😢 Im so worried to my dog.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Those tremors are not normal side effects of the medications that Macky is on, and may be a progression of his disease. He is on very appropriate medication, and this may be a short term set back. It would be best to have a recheck for him, as I cannot see him or assess his neurologic status. I hope that he is okay!

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Tinkerbell
Bulldog
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

Medication Used

none

Tinkerbell is our 4 year old Bulldog and has had 4 head tremors over the last year. Just her head shakes nothing else no LOC she reacts to us and understands commands during this. She look at us like what is going on help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some dogs do have benign (harmless) head tremors, and bulldogs are more affected than other dogs with this. If she is very normal otherwise, she may grow out of it, or it may be something that you don't need to treat. It would be a good idea to mention it to your veterinarian at her next visit so that they can do a thorough neurologic exam.

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Griz
Australian Shepherd
11 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Trembling

Hi! I have an 11 month old Australian Sheppard Husky mix. 2 days ago, out of no where, while trying to fall asleep his head began to shake uncontrollably for about 15 seconds. He did this 3-4 times while trying to fall asleep. I woke him up and gave him some water and it stopped. The next day he was taking a nap and when he woke up his head began to take again for about 15 seconds. Today, it only happenend for about 1 second while he was trying to sleep. Should I keep waiting to see if it goes away or do you feel he needs immediate medical attention? It is very scary to watch my puppy go through this. He is acting normal throughout the day in my opinion. It only happens as he’s trying to fall asleep or as he’s waking up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The head tremor or shaking may be due to idiopathic head tremors or a type of focal seizure; you should monitor Griz for now and get an idea of frequency and duration as well as if you are able to distract Griz out of these episodes. You should then visit your Veterinarian for a general examination to ensure there are no other underlying causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi my lab is moving his head up and down while trying to sleep and taking big breaths. Should I be worried. A week before he has some eye issues. I'm not sure if he's okay or not

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Bodhi
Brittany (Spaniel)
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I have a 2 year old Brittany Spaniel. He got a skin growth surgically removed on his chin/neck area last week with the outcome of 3 stitches. Yesterday we started noticing head tremors randomly. His behavior doesn’t seem to be effected. He’s acting like his normal rambunctious self, but the tremors are worrisome. Could they be related to the surgery? Or perhaps he hate something toxic outside. We live in south Florida so he loves to hunt for lizards and things.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of tremors including issues from surgery, poisoning, spinal issues, muscular disorders among other causes; if Bodhi doesn’t seem in pain you should keep an eye on him for the time being, but if there tremors continue or you notice any other symptoms you should return to your Veterinarian immediately. If you suspect he may have gotten into something you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Parkinson's symptoms first appeared when I was 68. I noticed a vibration in right foot and then right hand. After about 18 months a shake and/or tremor. Twelve months later, shaking. My neurologist. Started me on entacapone,levodopa, carbidopa, and pramipexole to reduce symptoms and slow down progression but I could not tolerate them for long due to severe side effects. I decided to adopt a more natural approach and started on Parkinson’s Disease Herbal formula from Green House Herbal Clinic, the PD natural formula immensely helped my condition, i had a total recovery from Parkinson’s disease with this natural herbal formula treatment. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official web site ww w. greenhouseherbalclinic. Weebly. com. I feel alive again! The tremors, Shaking, Joint Stiffness and other symptoms has subsided.  I am very pleased with this treatment. I feel very well now and exercise regularly, sometimes i totally forget i ever had Parkinson’s, My family are amazed at the change and rapid recovery from PD. since the procedure I enjoy walking the dog for my daily exercise. DON’T GIVE UP HOPE!!!

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Barry
English Bulldog
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

My dogs head has just started shaking uncontrollably. Its only started today after his walk thus afternoon hed eating and drinking fine. Onlt seems to start when he lies down to try and sleep

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bulldogs are a breed which are commonly affected by a condition call idiopathic head tremors which are non-painful head tremors with an unknown cause; without examining Barry I cannot confirm whether or not this is the case and would recommend having him checked by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper
Boston Terrier
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

My 7yo Boston Terrier, Cooper, is very healthy however, I have noticed his head shaking uncontrollably for say 6 times in the past 4 years. We attempt to comfort him which aids the concern to varying degrees- sometimes, not impacting the shaking, sometimes stopping the shaking for moments or completely stopping. It seems that the head shaking initiates after hearing a loud noise or something similarly stressful. Oddly enough, he is greatly afraid of thunder and lightning however, I haven't noticed any head shaking as a result of such trauma. I am not aware of any other symptoms or cause other than stress. He does not seem to be greatly impacted by this head shaking. Is stress typically a trigger for head shaking?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are conditions where dogs can have benign head tremors that don't affect their lives and don't require treatment. There are also, however, neurologic diseases that may need treatment. Since I cannot examine Cooper or assess his neurologic status, it would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian to see if these tremors are a problem. It would be helpful to video the episodes for your veterinarian, as he may not have an event while at the clinic.

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Snow
Mutt
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog is 5 years old and is a mutt. I left her alone for two hours which I normally do but when I came back she was crying and shaking. My dog is very quiet and never barks so this freaked me out. She looked fine and it wasn’t until the next day were she started shaking her head. She looks like she was saying no and would wake up from sleep and start to panic and whimpering she would lay back down and fall asleep. When it’s day time she’s fine but when she stays asleep for a while she would wake up and have these episodes again. This has been going on for almost two days now. When I sleep on the floor next to her she calms down and the episode are not so bad but she will wake up and just stare at me then fall back asleep. I’m just worried now and wants to now how I can help her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Snow may be having a problem with her ears, or a neurologic problem of some type. If you can video these episodes, it would be a good idea to take her and the video to a veterinarian and have her examined so see what might be going on, and what treatment she may need.

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Blue
Chihuahua doxin shihtuzu
One Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

My dog got ahold of a cooked chicken bone that was in the trash and now he's acting weird. He does alot of head nodding while standing and sitting up. What can help him or how can I help him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Not sure if the head nodding is related to the chicken bone or not; hopefully he didn’t consume the bone since it may cause various different issues, plus if it was old there may be various different bacteria which may cause some gastrointestinal upset. Keep an eye on Blue and ensure that he is hydrated, but if there is no improvement or symptoms get worse visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Winnie
Australian Shepherd
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 2 year old Aussie just started having head shaking right before she starts to fall asleep when she’s relaxing. We just noticed it tonight as we got home from dinner and we’re laying down on the couch with the dogs watching some tv. We had a relative watch the dogs over the weekend while we were out of town and when we asked about it after we saw it they said she had done it a few times one of the days they watched her. She doesn’t appear to have any other symptoms. Breathing is fine and temperature seem normal and she’s alert and can respond while it’s happening. Should I be very worried?

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Luna
Pug
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head bobbing legarhy
Aggression
Head bobbing
Scared of strangers not like her
Head bobbing legarhy

I have a puppy pug 8 months who before this week was perfectly healthy and very active. She began head bobbing up and and down last about 2 minutes during this she seems confused. I do take antidepressants/anxiety medications. I am concerned this could be the cause of her head bobbing. Although I try my best to keep medications where she can’t reach it’s possible somehow I dropped one around the house that she ingested. The vet performed various blood test and said her white blood cell count was abnormal but that it could indicate inflammation or infection and to wait and see if condition worsens before further test. Could you give me a second opinion please!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head tremors are not a common problem in Pugs like in some other breeds and it is important to rule out all possible causes before settling on an idiopathic tremor; head tremors may be caused by head trauma, tumours, inflammation, spinal disorders, some infections, poisoning among other causes. I would check the medications you take and see if they cause any side effects or adverse reactions in dogs which matches Luna’s symptoms; if so contact your Veterinarian to update them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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