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Old 03-03-2008, 03:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a boxer around 1.5 years old. His name is Reno and he is a fantastic dog. He used to go to work with my wife until one day he started having head tremors. At first we were thinking that he was having seizures but it is only his head. He is fully responsive, will lick me, go get his toys, act normal but his head shakes from side to side. It is one of the strangest things I have seen in a dog. They have calmed down and he hasn't had any episodes until this past week. He is now having them at least once a day, lasting from 15 seconds to minutes long. I am stumped, does anyone have any information or suggestions to help the situation..?
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Old 03-03-2008, 03:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am of no help really but definitely contact your vet. Good luck... welcome to the forum and please keep us posted on how Reno is doing!
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Head tremors are actually very common in boxers. I think they can be caused by a bunch of things, including environmental factors. Your best bet is to get him to the vet and have some tests run. They would be better to help you figure out what is going on with your boy Reno.
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I suggest you should contact your vet as soon as possible. - I do not want to alarm you needlessly but please just immediately consult your vet.
Had you given him any medication or anything to eat that wasn't a part of his daily diet before he started getting the tremors? I am terribly afraid of these head tremors that you speak of because my boxer, Rolfe, was ill with the stomach flu, and he was giving an injection by a vet - to which he reacted to really badly. He had these head tremors as a reaction and I read your post and felt that I needed to let you know.
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We have taken him to the vets already and the vet assumed it was seizures and wanted to put him on phynobarbitol, without even seeing him in action. They ran blood tests and all came back normal. As far as his diet, he was eating a homemade raw diet until we decided to try to switch to a premium kibble. At this point I am really at a loss. I am thinking of maybe trying to have an herbalist take a look at him, just to see what answers I can get.
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I think it could very well be an allergic reaction to something. I did a little bit of looking around online and came across with several topics that addressed this issue.

Came across a list that suggests all the allergies they can be susceptible to:

[i:vf70ijd1]"Below is a list of factors that most commonly trigger seizures. This does not mean your pet will have a seizure each time it comes in contact with one. EACH pet is different and sensitive to certain things. This list does not apply to every pet.

Some of these factors are impossible to avoid, but are listed for your knowledge.

Hair spray - Do not spray when pet is in the same room.
Wool - Wool blankets, wool sofas, etc.
Heartworm pills - A seizure may occur 1 to 1
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Sorry to hear about your baby. Rish, your info is wonderful, there is more to be found in a previous post by Zhanna in the health section under odd shaking - partial seizure. Apparently this is a fairly common thing in boxers, before medicating with phenobarbital I'd ask your vet about idiopathic head tremors, or check with another vet. Good luck, let us know *
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I found another topic, sounds similar to what you are experiencing.

http://www.boxerforums.com/modules.php? ... d+treamors
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:00 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Henry does it too sometimes.

HannaBanana directed me to Google "idiopathic head tremors" and that got me lots of good info.
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idiopathic head tremors is what it sounds like to me too, dogs can also have something very similiar to bell's palsy which presents itself as tremors or a slight stroke event. *

I have to agree I would not use the Phenobarb unless you know you are dealing with a seizure. *Even with dogs that I see that we are 98% sure it is a seizure by all accounts of the symptoms. *I still dont start medications for it until a pattern of frequency is developed and this can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to a dog never being placed on the med's because it only happens a few times a year.

I think this is worth checking out a little more, read information on idiopathic head tremors and if you feel that things are still not well, I would suggest a second opinion with a different vet!
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