How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 24453
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
55012488
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Michael Salkin is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dog is not himself. He just started shaking his head back

Customer Question

My dog is not himself. He just started shaking his head back and forth and is not responsive to my commands. Not sure what is going on with him.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. His unresponsiveness and head shaking suggest encephalopathy (brain disorder). Are you seeing an episodic (several minute duration) head tremor that is a high-frequency "yes" or "no" movement? If so, this a postural repetitive myoclonus (tremor). Tremors can result from intoxications, drug administrations, infections, metabolic diseases, or be idiopathic (unknown cause).
A complete physical and neurologic exam is indicated including a complete blood count, biochemistries, and urinalysis to assess for metabolic etiologies. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

Related Dog Veterinary Questions