Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs (Head Shaking in Bulldogs)
Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs
Head tremors and head shaking 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.
Head Shaking in bulldogs and French bulldogs are usually short lasting though in some cases can last for a few minutes
Dr. Kraemer’s Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs MAINTENANCE:
Don’t panic! head shaking in bulldogs is not an emergency or life-threatening, and is considered idiopathic (arising from an unknown cause). Typically, I advise distressed bulldog owners to try and distract their bulldog with a toy, or treat, and/or try and have them move their 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 bulldog and France 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. It is not a painful condition or a distress signal as far as we know.
Dr. Kraemer’s Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs TIP & WARNINGS
Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs TIP #1: Diagnostic testing for bulldog head shaking such us blood testing, bile acid test, CT/MRI, spinal fluid, analysis, and EEG are typically NORMAL.
Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs TIP #2: We do not know of any other medical and/or neurological conditions that are a direct result of bulldog head tremors.
Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogsTIP #3: There may be a genetic link to head tremors, shaking and bubbing and the bulldog breed.
Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs TIP #4: Your bulldog puppy’s head shaking can present as an up-and-down movement (saying “yes”) or a side-to-side movement (saying “no”).
Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs TIP#5: Bulldogs with idiopathic headshaking do NOT develop other neurological signs as a result of this condition.
Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs TIP #6: There is NO known treatment for head shaking in bulldogs and French bulldogs. You can usually stop your bulldog and French bulldog’s idiopathic head shaking by distracting him/her with food, favorite treat or toy, leash (“let’s go for a walk”) or having them tense their neck muscles by turning side to side.
Senior Bulldog Hind Legs Sharking: Many senior bulldogs and French bulldogs owners wonder 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, the origin of the shaking might be idiopathic. The theory is that it may be associated with disk disease, neuropathy, arthritis, myelopathies etc.
There is no known treatment for idiopathic aging bulldog leg shaking but usually, I will prescribe anti-inflammatory medication or recommend supplements like my:
Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs WARNING #1: Your bulldog might be head shaking or leg shacking due to other conditions thus you should always consult your veterinarian. Head shaking due to advanced cases of distemper virus usually also involves the jaw and leg muscles and this can be seen even while your bulldog is sleeping. Distemper encephalomyelitis is rare because of the introduction of the vaccine and its integration to our canine pet’s wellness core vaccine series.
Head tremors in bulldog and France bulldogs WARNING #2: Other types of tremors can be due to poison and toxins, hormonal abnormalities, and electrolyte imbalance.
Head tremors in bulldog and France 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.
Head tremors in bulldog and France 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.