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Head tremor videos

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

  1. Firestar Dobe

    Firestar Dobe $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    I hope your boy will be fine and that this is nothing serious!

  2. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Yes, please give us an update after your Vet visit! Good luck!
  3. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    I just wanted to say welcome and I hope your vet visit turns out okay. What you describe sounds just like this and in many cases it goes away with age.
  4. WiglWerm

    WiglWerm Hot Topics Subscriber

    Just read the thread and wanted to comment on the hypoglycemia. I have a Yorkie with this condition. Here's how it goes...she begins to shake, then it quickly progresses into spasms, body jerking spasms, then full on seizure. Full body seizure to the point where she cannot walk, loses her bowels and literally is screaming. It never progresses to this point because as soon as I see it starting, out comes the medicine syringe and she gets a dose of caro syrup. From the worst seizure she is back to normal within 10 minutes. I am not saying that's what is causing the tremors but maybe feeding smaller meals more often could help? Especially for a very active dog that may burn up their resources quickly; running around like maniacs in the yard :) . Caro syrup is quickly absorbed and inexpensive. The first time my yorkie had one the vet couldn't figure it out, said maybe brain tumor, that maybe we should put a shunt in her head...Glad I didn't listen to him!! My yorkie's problem is she would rather sleep than eat. I have to wake her up and make sure she eats and I feed her multiple times a day. Again, I am not saying this is what it is, but I know how scary it is to watch something happening to your baby and not knowing what to do. For those of you that give treats and they stop...are these treats high in sugar? ;)
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  5. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Are you sure this is Head Tremors and not something like epilepsy? I had Poms for years and had a couple that would act like your Yorkie. I wish I knew about the sugar thing back then, I would have tried it. Head tremor or epilepsy, it may have helped, but their seizure sounds a lot like your description. I can't remember now if I actually had a diagnosis of epilepsy or if it was something I assumed simply because of the dogs actions. :scratch:
  6. WiglWerm

    WiglWerm Hot Topics Subscriber

    Hypoglycemia is very common in small dogs...mine is 2.5 lbs. Epilepsy and true Head tremors cannot be alleviated by sugar substitute. But it wouldn't hurt if diagnosis has not been confirmed. :)
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  7. kitchentales

    kitchentales New Member

    My girl Kraken gets these head wobbles - she is 2 years old and it started about a year ago I guess now. We've been to our vet and everything seemed okay, so we're just watching it for now. She responds to my voice while it's happening and we can usually snap her out of it if we start playing with her and distract her in that way. Sometimes they are really mild, but she has had a couple that look like Thor's video, with the lip flapping and everything. I have a video somewhere too, not great quality though... if I find it I will upload it.
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  8. RodneyE

    RodneyE New Member

    My Rockie only had slight head wobbles and it started about 6 months back, when it happens we usually distract him by giving some treats. He only gets them very rarely so I haven't consulted a vet yet but anyway thanks for sharing this information it really opened my eye.
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  9. NikiL02

    NikiL02 Formerly Nlr02 $ Forum Donor $

    Nero gets the head bobs... But they are just up and down like Boris's were and if he gets up and moves around they tend to stop. He has been getting them more frequently which bothers me (once a month.. sure... twice a week? wtf?) Vet said they'd normally happens when he's relaxed, which is true... He's generally lying down. But he does like to rest his chin on us and things, which makes me wonder if he's stabilizing himself?

    Maybe I should write on a calendar when I see them so I can give the vet a notice saying how often they happen. She saw them at his last visit and that was her conclusion. I actually loathe to transfer him to the clinic I work at because they've been seeing him since he was a puppy, he loves to be there, and absolutely is enthralled with his vet and the techs. He's nervous at my work. Thankfully after his neuter he won't need to see the vet but once every 3 years.
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  10. Brucie

    Brucie New Member

    Thank you for posting!!!
    I am new to the page and not a 100% sure where to post! But I had concerns about my pup doing this! He’s a year and a half and they only happen periodically and you are so right they scare me. They are usually subtle but the odd one he shakes a lot. The vet saw him doing it once and she checked him out and he was fine! I have read it is common but I was wonder if there is a point I should look into more help? Or I should just keep an eye on it since he’s still young!!

    Thank you!
    This is a video of him doing it

  11. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber


    Most likely these are Idiopathic which mean they don't know! Yes Dobes are known for these. Could be genetic.

    Try and distract him with food or a treat to snap him out of it. Looks like it did when you said Who's Here!

    They can be up or down or side to side.

    She does stay alert and responds to you.

    They start and stop spontaneously?

    There are many other types of seizures. But lots of testing like CT or MRI or EEG.

    If he got a clean bill of health maybe look for a Holistic/Integrative Vet that does acupuncture?

    Also would try CBD Oil.

    Personally also I would not give or use any topical or internal pesticides for fleas and ticks. These act on the nervous system of these critters! Who knows what it does to a dogs nervous system after a while????

    I would try and do something about it now and not wait. But that's me!

    Also something to think about
    Idiopathic Head Tremors FAQs and an Update - Oh My Dog!
    But in researching the head tremors, I read from an online vet, that rabies shots will exacerbate the condition, and cause tremors, which, unfortunately, has been true in my dog’s case. She had not had a head tremor in over a year…I asked the vet if they could give her less of a dose of the rabies shot, as she was due for her booster.
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  12. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    I just posted in your other thread but you're right, it is scary.
  13. BamMoMoMommy

    BamMoMoMommy $ Forum Donor $

    Resurrecting an an older thread here.
    MoMo has head tremors....scary to watch but vet totally assured us it was nothing.

    MoMo has also had two grand mall seizures three months apart....aprx 15 months ago and is now on pheno(only) and hasn't had another sz (Thank Heaven) he STILL has the blasted head tremors...which with him..when they start of course my heart just darn near stops until I see it the tremor...not a seizure setting in..... again assured by our vets the tremors aren't connected to the seizures, like all others have mention something to chew stops the tremor...we use everything from Nylabones to Jelly beans...depends on what is handy at the time.

    There was some great info here that helped me understand what's going on a bit better...and a lot of comfort in knowing I am not an over reactive pet parent.
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