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Head tremor videos

Discussion in 'Doberman Health Issues and Questions' started by JanS, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Aw, Amber! I don't remember you saying that this was happening? When did it start?

  2. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Aww darn - poor girl. I hated it too, but at least in our case it really didn't seem to bother Boris and when he snapped out of it he acted like it never happened. I don't blame you for wanting to hug her though and like you said, I think it makes us feel better too in such a helpless feeling when it happens.

    Have you tried giving her a hard treat to see if the chewing action helps? It sure did every time with Boris, so it doesn't hurt to try.
  3. AandK

    AandK Member

    Karma does it too.. It has been a while since her last ones.. ( Wow I am really tired of saying Karma has the same issue as all of the other dogs on health issues file)
  4. GingerGunlock

    GingerGunlock Notable member

    Elka has these occasionally. Her first was after her spay, when she was still wearing the e-collar. The severity of hers seems to be more like Boris' than Thor's (poor guy :( ), but are interruptible. I.e., I ask for a sit, or even call her to me, and the "spell" will stop. I can frequently draw a correlation to an object of want; one time she had the tremors when we were carving the turkey at Thanksgiving. That's my best specific food example, but many have been food related, and the act of taking and chewing anything will also stop it for Elka. She's also done it if I've 1. unexpectedly left the house (reported by housemate) or 2. if I'm doing something and either incidentally or on-purpose ignoring her (I try very hard not to give whining feedback...I am human, and frequently fail), though the food cause has been far more frequent than the "removal of my affection" cause. She doesn't get them daily, weekly, or even necessarily monthly, though.
  5. Amber

    Amber Hot Topics Subscriber

    yeah I don't really remember mentioning it come to think of it! lol. I think the first one was pretty close to when we got her in late 09 (maybe December?) and she's only done it a couple times since, thankfully!

    yeah she doesn't seem bothered by it either but I just spaz over it. I never tried giving her a treat, I'll remember that next time!!! thanks :)
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  6. cheyncall

    cheyncall New Member

    I am very glad I found this. I was just about to poat about my Boy, Dante. He will be a year old in June. He has had 2 episodes In the past 2 months. I was about to ask if anybody knew what was wrong. Thanks for posting this information. I just really hope he growa out of it.
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  7. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Sorry to hear that Cheyncall. :( I'm glad we were able to at least give you some information and suggestions. That's what this Forum is all about. :)
  8. Ziva's Dad

    Ziva's Dad Jr Member

    I was just talking to a man today who has a Dane that said his dog has occasional head tremors..not seizures, just slight tremors for about 30 seconds at a time. I had never heard of this before, then I found this thread with video clips. So sorry about Thor...that video just broke my heart.
  9. Diesel has had 3 or 4 of these in his 1.5 years. He just had one today, but food brought him immediately out of it. He can obey commands and function, but there is an obvious slight tremor. I pray they never get worse or more frequent. They do not appear to have any negative impact on him thank goodness. But it sure is a heartbreaking to watch.
  10. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    I totally agree on all counts. It is heartbreaking to see and the food or treats does bring them out of it immediately so that was a good one for us to learn as well.

    I actually took another video of how quickly they snap out of it with something to crunch on, but I just can't bear to watch any videos of him after we lost him. :( BTW, for anyone who doesn't know, the head tremors had nothing to do with our losing him.
  11. I am really sorry you lost your boy and glad this was not the cause.

    My dad and aunt have Essential Tremor and I see hand tremors in both pf them. I suppose I may have it at some point in my life as well.
    Watching my much loved Dobie and my very loved family cope with it is our reality.
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  12. tony & amanda

    tony & amanda Notable member

    I think our Chula may have this, I saw it last night, i cried. My husband immediately got online knowing I was a mess, i rubbed her under her chin and held her and she stopped. I feel a little better about it know after doing some research. However our girls will be going to see the vet to be sure. The more i read tho i am convinced it is okay, she was not lucid, i dont even think she knew it was happening, looking back at it she was looking at me with concern because i was upset. Ah our sweet Chula. But just a touch made it stop and it was only a few seconds. I knew this community would have some knowledge, Jan, the videos you have up here are exactly what she looked like, just a little softer, maybe like the first one. Thank you for posting them! And to those who spoke of their lost loved ones, my condolences. :sorrow:
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  13. titan1

    titan1 Notable member

    To everyone that reads this and has this problem- I want to ask a favor. There are a few different reasons this can happen, in the bulldog world they say it could be a sugar thing and to give sweets -yes this could be in some cases. But I think a lot of the time it could be a focal thing, with our bull Titan when he gets the head shakes I do 1 of 2 things make him focus on a treat and toss it to him or I wave it in his face. So with that said the next time your pup has the head shakes please try this and let me know your out come!
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  14. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    You're absolutely right Dan, and once I figured it out it worked with Boris every time.

    I'm sorry Chula is having the problem, and a vet check is a good idea just to make sure there isn't more to it (we went and saw a specialist with Boris), but as a rule it's nothing that's going to hurt the dog or affect them in any way. :)
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  15. It's very upsetting to watch, but again, Diesel doesn't seem effected by them. He still acts on commands, like nothing is happenning. Treats pull him right out of it.
    He had them 3 days in a row and nothing since. I'm sure they aren't the last.
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  16. tony & amanda

    tony & amanda Notable member

    Thanks so much Jan that is much more comforting. It is very scary when you first see them. Ugh! Thanks again, and Titan I will let you know if she has another one, we will try the treats!
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  17. immortaldobes

    immortaldobes Active Member

    Hi all, just wanted to put my 2 cents in. I have seen this in a french bulldog, a pit bull and a dobe. It is very disconcerting, but all 3 dogs had blood work and vet checks and all came back fine. It is unlikely a seizure disorder since there is no mental disorientation. According to the vets so far it is more a localized tremor and should not affect quality of life at all since it doesn't distress the dog and bloodwork within 12 hours of an episode shows no changes in any values. It is very unnerving but it seems to be harmless and all 3 dogs that I have had personal experience with have stopped the episodes completely. Average age of onset seems to be 1 1/2 years to 2 1/2 years of age. Hope this helps some, just wanted to share what I had.
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  18. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Aw, I'm so sorry. I've never experienced these but the first time I watched Jan's video, it just broke my heart too! This is what is so great about the DCF community....getting others' experience to help put our fears to rest or point us in the next direction to go. :D

    These tremors are pretty weird though considering they don't seem to affect the dog, but we don't know where they come from and why they happen! I hope someday that piece of the puzzle will come to light!
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  19. eliza

    eliza New Member

    My Dobe has the same issue. The tremors started just after 6 months of age, and approx. one months after he was given 13 vaccines together. In spite of all assurances by vets, I believe there is a connection.
    The tremors last a couple of minutes, but stop suddendly if I call him or otherwise move him.
    There are several studies, all of them in Europe. Some suggests too close breeding, some low quality food (leading to diabetic kind symptoms), and some vaccines (which as said I firmly believe)...
  20. eliza

    eliza New Member

    Please be assured, he IS NOT sick, and he will have a long life nevertheless. Think of him, and see him as wholesome.

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