Does the notion of your dog pressing their head into corners or against objects sound like not a big deal to you?
Ok, I concede this sounds quite weird and more like a trick question than something that could be an emergency situation. Surely this sounds harmless enough?
Not so fast.
What does head pressing indicate?
Head pressing indicates damage to the nervous system. The potential causes you’re looking at include:
- damage to the forebrain and thalamus
- brain inflammation
- brain tumor
- an infection of the nervous system
- toxins, liver shunt
- or acute head trauma.
Head pressing can be a sign of a serious problem. It has a number of possible causes, including liver conditions, poisoning, and traumatic injuries. If you notice this behavior in a pet, it warrants a rapid trip to the veterinarian for an exam to determine the cause.Dr. Marty Becker
Does that change your mind about whether or not head pressing is an emergency?
Dogs who are head pressing against a wall or other hard surface may also have a neck injury, disk herniation or brain tumor.Dr. Marty Becker
Accompanying symptoms can include:
- issues with balance
- vision problems
- and seizures
Pressing head into corners or against objects should be treated as an emergency.
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