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Old 01-24-2018, 08:44 AM
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Head tremors? Desperately need advice...

Hi, so our 6month old American bulldog has had 3 episodes of head tremors in about 10 days. 2 mornings in a row last week and then yesterday morning. Each one lasts about 1-2 minutes and he seems fully awake and aware of his surroundings. It’s just a slight side to side movement, nothing to “spastic.” After the first two I did a lot of reading online and found that I may be able to make it stop with distractions or a treat, so that’s what I did yesterday...it was just a few seconds. Went to the vet yesterday for this and the fact that he’s had on and off diarrhea for about a month or so, fecal floatation and blood work all normal. He was put on antibiotics for diarrhea (possible stomach virus)before we start eliminating foods etc....anyway, showed vet a short video of tremor and he suspects a petit mal seizure....this saddens me. Everything I read online says that some breeds such as bulldogs have been know for these “idiopathic” tremors and it’s not a seizure...also when I research mal petit it states that dog stares into space and almost loses consciousness, he does not do this. Vet wants to keep an eye on him, bring him in if it progresses, he’s seen dogs that have these and then all of a sudden never have one again. I’m terrified, I’d love to hear any advice or experiences. On a side note, I’ve been switching food brands very often because of the chronic diarrhea and now this, I was scared maybe some foods are doing this to him, vet says there is no correlation between the two...
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So sorry. I don't have any health advice, just this:
don't panic.
Sometimes small things stay small, sometimes they just go away, as your vet said.
My cat Batman came to me (adopted) with an alarming hacking cough every time he purred, and sometimes just because. Vet records showed him repeatedly under treatment, and finally calling it 'stress' (he was from a home with a cat-chasing dog).
It just faded, as in, was no big deal, never got worse, never got more frequent, got better, occasionally a yawn turns into a hack, I'm guessing there's some scar tissue there, and that's that. (he was not treated for it by us)
This has nothing to do with tremors or your problem, just an example that going into full blown worst case scenario mode is normal for us doting humans, but an accurate assessment of probable outcomes. So, keep up with what you need to do (keep in touch with the vets) and as much as you can, carry on cheerfully.
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Aw, poor kitty, thanks for sharing your story...I do tend to overthink a lot, just a worried mom...I couldn’t imagine something happening to him, only had him a short time but whoa he’s stolen our hearts.
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Eh, Batman's just fine, having a blast in his digs. He was rehomed to me with his partner in crime, Simba, aka "The Dudes", & while they've retained an outsized fear of dogs (doesn't matter how calm or polite resident dog is, they are really cautious around him, well, actually, Simba's started trying to bug him, but that's a whole nother story), anyway, just trying to keep you entertained while you wait for more news.
It's different when it's a youngster, so just keep your mind occupied while you wait for tests or time or both to tell.
Ah, just remembered another story,
Zandor at about 10 years old, came home & found him unable to get up or walk straight, crap & vomit all over the floor, head shaking, wobbling, drooling, you get the picture. Took him to the vet for what we thought would be the last time; turned out to be 'canine vestibular disease', basically a loss of balance due to inner ear damage, sends dogs (and people, called vertigo for the humans) spinning in space. Feels awful, they get over it. He recovered and was just fine excepting the usual advances of old age (got to 16)
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Riker, Old Cat. He's going on 19.
A few years ago, I notice a tremble in his head, like parkinsons patients. I never took him to the vet for that. It was slight, for a day, and then gone again. I saw it a few more times, and then gone again. Now at his age, I'm not obsessing over every little thing, at his age, somethings going to get him eventually, but the thing is, 'it' went away. Right now, his biggest health problem is The Dudes, because they pester him.
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Eh, Batman's just fine, having a blast in his digs. He was rehomed to me with his partner in crime, Simba, aka "The Dudes", & while they've retained an outsized fear of dogs (doesn't matter how calm or polite resident dog is, they are really cautious around him, well, actually, Simba's started trying to bug him, but that's a whole nother story), anyway, just trying to keep you entertained while you wait for more news.
It's different when it's a youngster, so just keep your mind occupied while you wait for tests or time or both to tell.
Ah, just remembered another story,
Zandor at about 10 years old, came home & found him unable to get up or walk straight, crap & vomit all over the floor, head shaking, wobbling, drooling, you get the picture. Took him to the vet for what we thought would be the last time; turned out to be 'canine vestibular disease', basically a loss of balance due to inner ear damage, sends dogs (and people, called vertigo for the humans) spinning in space. Feels awful, they get over it. He recovered and was just fine excepting the usual advances of old age (got to 16)
& one more,
Riker, Old Cat. He's going on 19.
A few years ago, I notice a tremble in his head, like parkinsons patients. I never took him to the vet for that. It was slight, for a day, and then gone again. I saw it a few more times, and then gone again. Now at his age, I'm not obsessing over every little thing, at his age, somethings going to get him eventually, but the thing is, 'it' went away. Right now, his biggest health problem is The Dudes, because they pester him.
Haha, the dudes! Love it...well, your stories certainly give me hope, fingers crossed...thanks so much!
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Petite mal: animal is still. Not shaking head. Grand mal tonic clonic- spasms are symmetrical. Get a 2nd opinion please. If you can call ur dog during and it looks at you, its not either type of seizure.
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Petite mal: animal is still. Not shaking head. Grand mal tonic clonic- spasms are symmetrical. Get a 2nd opinion please. If you can call ur dog during and it looks at you, its not either type of seizure.
Thank you, yes, if this persists we will get a second opinion. I love our vet but everything online goes against what heís saying (I hate to be that person though, vet vs online people, lol but...) and against what we told him. I didnít know what he meant by petit mal until I got home and researched...thatís not it...heís fully aware and functioning during the episodes...
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Also about the chronic diarrhea...he’s on 2000mg/day, I always thought antibiotics caused diarrhea, lol. Oh man...
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What food and treats are you giving him?
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If you have any doubts, by all means get a second opinion. It certainly can't hurt and may provide you with additional information.
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