what is "head pressing"? It sounds like what my 15 2/3 yr old Border Collie does
Type of Animal: Border Collie
Age: 15 2/3
She is on incontinance drug. But the head pressing has been around since an "old dog syndrome / stroke" she had 2 yrs ago.
Hi I'm Rosie, one of the vets, and I'd like to try and help you. "Head pressing is a term for a neurological symptom, which is where the patient stands literally pressing their head into a wall or other object. It can look as though they have walked into a wall and are unable to reverse out again. A similar sign is where patients stand gazing at the wall, particularly in a corner.Head pressing is associated with forebrain disease - damage to the front part of the brain. Although this sounds dramatic, if your little one has been doing it since the episode a couple of years ago it does point towards an old injury rather than an ongoing problem. It is extremely unlikely to be associated with an incontinence medication. If you want to try treatment, providing her heart and lungs are ok, a medication called vivitonin can help.I hope I've helped - if you have any questions from this then just hit 'reply' and I will get them and get back to you. Otherwise, if you have found this useful, please hit 'accept'. Good luck, and thank you. Rosie.
BVetMed MRCVS, Qualified veterinarian of six years in small animal practice in England