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Old 08-14-2018, 06:52 PM
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Hello guys!

I am seeking help from other dog owners in the hope that one of you has had a similar experience to mine.

The start
About a month ago, after a walk outside in the heat, my dog started shaking his head completely. It looked like something annoyed him a lot and he was doing it quite often (every 5min at least). He barely could sleep of the whole night.

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Note : To this day, I think he got a heatstroke, which may have caused a small seizure.
I brought him to the vet the very next day, thinking he got something in his ears. They were clean. The vet gave him Cortisone for a few days. It helped to ease the shakes, but he was still annoyed by something. As days went by, the crisis were rarer, but still there. Eventually, he wasn't shaking his head completely, just his left side, often tilting the head.

This was always followed by him looking in the air quickly (as if he was scared or looking for what hurts him), and then hiding under a furniture.

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Note : At first I thought it was anxiety, but sometimes he is sitting relaxed on us, have this crisis and go hide, which makes no sense.
He is also sometimes laying down, has a crisis, and then moves spots, as if he was trying to escape the pain by moving away.


A month later
I visited another vet. Did a blood check, unire test, physical exam. Everything is clean.

I am so confused about what is going on with my little doggy. The vet gave him Gabapentin to test if it helps, but he is as clueless as me about what my pet has.

I made a video to show a bit this behavior since it is hard to explain.


If you have experienced this or know someone who has, please let me know!
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Old 08-14-2018, 08:11 PM
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Since that is not normal behavior, and your Vet doesn't know, its probably time to get him to a specialist. You might ask your Vet for a referral, I'm really not sure if you need an internist, or a neurologist, or ???? but there is obviously something going on that really bugs your dog.
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Could be misquitos, or other bugs or your dog may have gotten a flea in the ear. Could have water in the ear from bath or swimming. Could be exposure to wandering due weed or ringing in the ear after a loud noise.
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Based on absolutely nothing except the video and your description, I think this dog is acting as if one of his ears is ringing. He is shaking his head or ears to chase off the thing he thinks is making the sound, then looking for the source. It won't stop so he's trying to hide. It may not be painful but it sounds incredibly annoying!

My first thought was cleaning the ears and trying gabapentin too (again, based on nothing - I'm no vet). Did the gabapentin help?
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@sweet78 I think they have already checked his ears and were fine. The first thing that also came to me was that he could have problems with his ears, such as otitis, ear vasculitis or ear hematomas. But if the vet said his ears were fine...

I would try visit a neurologist. This is not a normal behaviorat all. :/

Pls keep us informed!
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Ear probs can be very difficult to determine even for a vet. Theyre usually looking for physical signs so things like ringing in the ears or bugs that are no longer around will be diificult to decipher. You may need a specialist. My vet had a look in my dogs ears she was doing the same thing & said its a mild allergy & environmental. He treated it as ecsma & said has she been in long grass or near wandering due weed. She had. He said one exposure can cause an all year round allergic reaction, so you may be treating this for a while. She had a rash on her tummy & feet also. How had it gotten in her ears tho? He said, it got on her feet & she put her feet in her ears. The prob is that a dog eating wheat products can also get these symptoms. So no bread or products made with flour for your dog & see if theres any improvement. Also a vet cant see easily if theres water in the ears because its deep in th ear canal. My vet also gave me cleaning solution, not cz her ears were dirty but because the ear cleaning solution dries up any moisture in th ear when it dries preventing moisture that bacteria thrives on. Be careful with this though, you dont want to use it too much because ears too dry get red, irritated & itchy. There should be a bit of wax to lubricate the ear. Make sure you dont get water in the ears when washing, & if the dog swims try to keep their head above the water.
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My first thought was vestibular disease, it causes dogs to be dizzy and the way he's moving his head is sort of mimicking it. Is his eyes also darting, rapidly, from side to side?

Other thought is that a foxtail seed got lodged in his ear, https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/ne...l-21859-1.html.
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