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Good afternoon, Vince. It's not uncommon for owners who are well-bonded with their animal to pick up on abnormal symptoms far before the pet is displaying real problems. Nothing you've shared in the history sounds like a major concern, though the head shaking may indicate an ear infection. The best plan would be to have Jett examined by your vet to see if they can determine any abnormality on examination, such as the aforementioned suspect ear infection which needs to be diagnosed with a special instrument called an otoscope meant to evaluate the inner ear past where we can see as owners. Your vet may also recommend bloodwork with the change in his behavior at home, given that he's a senior, to ensure that you're not seeing early symptoms of medical concerns like liver disease, kidney disease, a thyroid disorder, etc.You also have the option to wait and watch to see if more symptoms develop or if he returns to his normal self within a few days, so long as his habits remain unchanged such as eating, drinking, urinating and defecating normally.
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Absolutely, they most certainly can.