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lab: s head shakes uncontrollably and teeth chatter

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my lab's head shakes uncontrollably and teeth chatter. This lasts a few minutes then stops. What's going on?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  DVM Dave replied 6 years ago.

This could have been a seizure. Dog can have full blown, whole body seizures or more localized. Seizures can be caused by epilepsy, tumors, metabolic disease or toxins. You may want to take him to your vet to have him checked out to make sure everything is OK. They may want to do some basic blood work. If they seizure episodes persist, your vet may suggest putting him on a preventative such as phenobarbital or bromide.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
The shaking doesn't effect his mobility. He still runs about etc. His head is just shaking. I've seen other dogs with epilepsy. This isn't the same.
Expert:  DVM Dave replied 6 years ago.
OK, he could have something down in one of his ears: foxtail, tick, ect. If it persists I would take him in to have his ears checked out for a possible foreign body.
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