Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French
Bulldogs (Head Shaking in Bulldogs)

Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs

Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs (head shaking in bulldogs)

Head tremors in English bulldogs and French bulldogs is also known as “bulldog head bobbing”, “bulldog head shaking” and “idiopathic bulldog head tremors“. Head tremors in bulldogs is usually intermittent and is usually considered harmless. The Origin is mostly unknown (idiopathic) but in some cases the thinking is that it might be a focal seizure or a stretch mechanism localized to the head.

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldog and French Bulldogs Maintenance:

Don’t panic! Idiopathic head shaking in bulldogs is not an emergency or  life threatening. I usually advise distressed bulldog owners to try and distract their bulldog puppy as well as try to get their head bobbing bulldog to move his or her head and neck. Seizure medication is controversial, if your bulldog has no seizure history I usually do not prescribe anything.

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Rule of thumb:

Bulldogs and French bulldogs exhibiting head tremors and head bobbing are usually fully alert and otherwise acting normally. We are unaware of any other medical and/or neurological conditions that are indicated by these tremors.

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tips & Warnings

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #1 (DrKraemers.com): Diagnostic testing for bulldog head shaking such us blood testing, bile acid test, CT/MRI, spinal fluid, analysis, and EEG are typically NORMAL.

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #2 (Vet4HealthyPet.com): We don’t know of any other medical and/or neurological conditions that are a direct result of bulldog head tremors.

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #3 (StemCell4Pet.com): Head Shaking in bulldogs and French bulldogs is usually short lasting but in some cases can last for a few minutes

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #4: There may be a genetic link to the bulldog breed and head tremors considering that this condition is almost exclusive to bulldogs and French bulldogs.

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #5: Your bulldog puppy’s head shaking can present as an up-and-down movement (saying “yes”) or a side-to-side movement (saying “no”).

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #6: Bulldogs with idiopathic head shaking do NOT develop other neurological signs.

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #7: There is NO known treatment for head shaking in bulldogs and French bulldogs.

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #8: You can often stop your French bulldog’s idiopathic head shaking by distracting him/her with food or by having them tense their neck muscles by turning side to side.

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Tip #9: On a side note, many pet owners with older pets (aging dogs) visit my office asking why their aging dog’s hind legs are shaking. Shaking of the extremities can happen standing up or laying down and can be progressive. Like head shaking in bulldogs and French bulldogs, the origin of the shaking is unknown (idiopathic). The theory is that it may be associated with disk disease, neuropathy, arthritis etc. There is no known treatment but sometime I will prescribe anti-inflammatory medication or recommend non pharmaceutical, safe, therapies like cold laser therapy and Pulse electromagnetic therapy (PEMT).

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #1: In dogs there is a shaking condition that is associated with advanced cases of distemper virus. Usually, the shaking involves the jaw and leg muscles and this can be seen even while your bulldog is sleeping. Our days, Distemper encephalomyelitis is rare because of the introduction of the vaccine and its integration to our canine pet’s wellness vaccine series.

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #2: Other types of tremors can be due to poison and toxins, hormonal abnormalities, and electrolyte imbalance.

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #3: Offering calcium supplements to a bulldog with a head shake has little merit and can be confused with postpartum female calcium deficiency called eclampsia.

Dr. Kraemer’s Head Tremors in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #4: You can distract your bulldog with food in attempt to stop the head shake. Offering ice-cream or sugary liquids is not recommended, its often mistakenly confused with seizures seen in  bulldog puppies suffering from hypoglycemia.

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