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my 4 yo female boxer gets a small head shake . it is like

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my 4 yo female boxer gets a small head shake . it is like she is getting ready to shake off water by shaking her whole body but it is localozed to her head and not as strong as a whole body shake. She responds to me during these and is able to walk around. They last several minutes. what could it be. RIK
Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

It sounds like you are describing a condition we call "idiopathic head tremors." We see it occasionally in bully breed dogs- bulldogs, pits, rotties, boxers, dobies. They will often be at rest and the head starts to tremor. It can last a few seconds or many minutes.

There is no known cause for these tremors. They also don't cause any problems in these dogs. For the most part, we just ignore them. They tend to cause more stress on the owners than they do the dog.

Here's are a couple videos of these, you can see if this is what your dog is doing:

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
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Hi Rik,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Lilly. How is everything going?

Dr. Gary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

She is the same but the family feels much better knowing it is not serious. Thank you. RIK

You're welcome.

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