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I noticed my dog's head was shaking and it has happened a

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I noticed my dog's head was shaking and it has happened a couple of times today. He is 10 years old. What's going on?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

There are two main considerations when head shaking (tremors) are seen - intention tremor which is a tremor of the head and neck that occurs when focusing on something such as a food bowl. This is associated with cerebellar disorders. Other localizing signs (e.g., hypermetria/exaggerated motions, disequilibrium/"drunken sailor") are present.

Idiopathic (unknown cause) head tremors are episodic and may be confused for focal seizures. They are often precipitated by excitement or particular head positions and caretakers may describe a characteristic "yes" or "no" movement of the head and normal consciousness. Mentation (mental status) and gait remain normal during episodes.

Can you video an event and upload it to YouTube and then give me (and his vet) the link to it? This is a good example in which a picture is worth 1000 words.