Thursday, July 21, 2016

Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Head Pressing

This is one of the things that might come across as funny, quirky or weird. Or maybe it can make you think your dog is pouting. What would you think of it if your dog started doing that?

Photo Baxter Boo

It is actually a sign of an emergency.

It's a sign of damage to the nervous system. Yep, that serious.

What kind of damage? The kind which needs immediate veterinary attention. It could be caused by a tumor, metabolic disorder, infection of the nervous system, toxicity or head trauma ... Toxicity can be from exposure to a poison, such as lead, or toxic accumulation of toxins in the body from a liver damage or liver shunt.


If your dog starts doing this, be on your way to a vet.

You can observe other symptoms along with head pressing, such as pacing, circling, seizures, vision problems, poor reflexes ...

If you found this article because your dog is doing this, drop everything and go.

Further reading:
Head Pressing in Dogs

Related articles:
Veterinarians Answer: 10 Main Symptoms To Watch For In Your Dog 
Symptoms: Recognition, Acknowledgement And Denial 
When Is It An Emergency? 
Don't Panic, Don't Panic: Know What Your Job Is 

Excessive Panting
Excessive Drinking 
Changes in Urination/Urinary Accidents 
Changes in Behavior
Bad Odor 
Excessive Drooling  
What Can Your Dog's Gums And Tongue Tell You? 
Excessive Head Shaking 
Excessive Licking
Lumps and Bumps
What Is That Limp? 
Nose Bleeds (Epistaxis)
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Head Tilt
Unexplained Weight Loss
Unexplained Weight Gain 
Loss Of Appetite  
Fever (Pyrexia)
What Happens in a Dog's Body with Severe Vomiting?
Gastroenteritis is when ...  

Whats In The Urine? (Part I: What You Can Notice On Your Own)
What's In The Urine? (Part II: Urinalysis)

What’s in the Poop? (Part I - Consistency) 
What’s in the Poop? (Part II - Color) 

A Tale of Many Tails—and What Came Out From Underneath Stories from My Diary-rrhea (part I)
Acute Small Intestinal Diarrhea
Acute Large Intestinal Diarrhea (Acute Colitis)
Chronic Large Intestinal Diarrhea
Chronic Small Intestinal Diarrhea

Do you know what your dog is telling you about their health?

Learn how to detect and interpret the signs of a potential problem.

An award-winning guide to better understanding what your dog is telling you about their health, Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, is available in paperback and Kindle. Each chapter includes notes on when it is an emergency.

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