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    Thanks Christine for a much needed informative article about head tremors. While I hope that my guys never experience this, I now know from reading yours and others experience what head tremors are should mine ever have one.

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    Christine, this was a wonderful article. Very informative. Seeing that I just went through the head tremors with Vegas last week and knowing what it was, it still is a very scary ordeal for me or any parent!! The first time it happened Vegas was around 2 and I totally flipped out and it was over a favorite toy that my husband was playing keep-a-way with him. Last week we were at the vet, so he was already a little nervous, a dog kept barking at him and it set him off again. The vet was able to watch him and knew it was just over-stimulation. Trust me, it scares the crap out of us way more than it effects our babies. Thank You for the article.

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    Thank you so much for all your hard work putting this article together and for all of the images and research. I learned a lot and I know this will be a valuable addition to EBN. I have read about head tremors but seeing the videos and reading the reports I feel I am better prepared to understand the discussions.

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    Wow, I had no idea about these, thanks for the info. I wish your babies the best!!

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    When Mandy woke up from anesthisia and had hers I knew exactly what it was, thank you EBN. I had no treats but luckily an ice cube and that was the only time I saw one in person. Needless to say, even if you know what it is, it is still shocking to see your bulldog have one. It makes your heart bounce right out of your chest, even if you know it is harmless and does not hurt them. No matter what, the lingering question will still remain, "Why?"

    Like Mandy and many others it is due to stress. I have heard many theories, but for those who only experience it rarely I think stress is a key factor. So many have them during sleep though, so that is a different cause and effect.

    Thank you Christine for writing this wonderful and informative article. Thank you Christine, Karen and Cheryl for sharing Vegas, Maggie and Nitschke with us, we miss Maggie and Nitschke very much. xx

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    Default Re: Article: Head Tremors in English Bulldogs

    Hello,

    There are two types of head shakes.

    I have a male that has the mild one. Not sure of the exact name, but this is the one that he will still be alert, will respond to his name or the door opening or the sound of the ice cube tray?

    Over the years what we have noticed is that if he does NOT drink enough water, he will get this shake. During the warmer (Az - HOT!) months, I make sure that he also has a water bowl in the house and I watch to make sure he drinks. All of the other dogs drink enough but he is such a potato that he wont even hardly go outside to go to the bathroom or drink.

    What we have found is that when he gets these shakes, if we give him 2 frozen otter pops, he snaps out of it quickly. He likes the grape flavored the best.
    It is like low blood sugar and the cold and sweet calms him down. I cut the top off and break off a small piece at a time. He crunches and eats it. By the middle of the second otter pop he has calmed down and the shake has ended.

    It is amazing how fast this works. When we first noticed this problem when he was younger, we would just wait to see. We would hold his head to try to control and calm him down. It would last for 7-10 minutes. Once we found out about using the otter pops, we keep a bag frozen at all times. Making sure he drinks enough water he will go for 6-8 months without getting one.

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    This was very helpful. Thank you for posting. Miss Muffin was just diagnosed with this yesterday. I'm so incredibly relieved...it was such a scary experience and I was so very worried!

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    Very good info - thanks. Do you know if there is foaming, does that make a difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biogirl71 View Post
    Very good info - thanks. Do you know if there is foaming, does that make a difference?

    Never noticed any foaming nor did I see it in any of the articles I read during research.
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    @Biogirl71

    If there is foaming....it probably is more severe than a head tremor. As you know, Vegas has idiopathic epilepsy. When he has petit mal seizures, there is no foaming. When he has a grand mal seizure....there is foaming.

    How do you tell the difference between a grand mal and petit mal seizure? I raised that same question to the dr and she said...."You know him best. No matter how much research you do, people will tell you different things." So we base the seizures on foam. If it's there or not will classify it for us. Also, during a grand mal, Vegas falls over onto his side and during a petit mal, he remains conscious.

    I know I kinda wandered from your original question on head tremors. Hope this helps with your question.

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