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Dog head tremors
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An_246166 posted:
My 13 yr old dalmation/aus shep started head tremors a year ago. Now it has progresses to head tremor and falling over. It only lasts a few seconds. No pain or whining. Otherwise healthy for his age. Any ideas?
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Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
This must be so distressing to observe. What you are describing could be a form of seizures. Seizures can be due briefly to issues inside of the head or out. Liver problems, kidney issues, heart conditions and even toxins can cause a seizure. From the history, I would suspect an issue inside of the brain. One of the most common causes of a seizure is idiopathic. This sounds like idiot....becasue even with all of the advanced diagnositic equipment available to veterinarians, we can't always find the cause of the problem. A seizure can be very mild...a pet seems to lose focus to what we more commonly associate with convulsions...falling over, urinating, defecating and possibly vocalizing. We can honestly say that seizures are not painful because people do not report pain or discomfort when they experience them. I would strongly recommend that you consult with your primary care veterinarian. A general physical exam, blood panel and urinalysis would be a good starting point. Medications are often used depending on the severity and frequency of the occurences. I hope this information was of assistance. You can learn more about seizure by going to http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=560

Dr. Bernadine Cruz


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