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Idiopathic Head Tremors

by Kerry K.
(Springfield, IL)

Our 9 month old male Mini Aussie has had two episodes of this. From what I can gather it is called idiopathic head tremors. It is not harmful to the dog but still scary to watch.

My question is: has anyone else's Aussie had this and if so did they outgrow it? It has happened both times after being home from camping.

He is alert while his little head is bobbling and it only lasts about 2-3 minutes tops. After he is perfectly normal, I know it is not an epileptic seizure I have had dogs that have so I know the difference.

I would just like to know if this is something he will grow out of.

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The fix
by: Phyllis

My dog suddenly had tremors, (My dog didn't like what was happening to him) I researched online, and what I found was you need to Increase calcium intake. Whole milk 2 times a day, along with cottage cheese. If bad After adding this my dog stopped the tremors after about 5 days. During a tremor you can: Take rubber bone or toy with hole in it, fill the hole with peanut butter, and freeze. Give to your dog during the tremor and their focus will stop the tremor (muscle spasm).

Idiopathic Head Tremors
by: Kerry

Thanks, I will have to try the milk. The tremors have stopped but then we haven't gone camping where there is activity all the time. The last tremor session he had was a month and a half ago, so maybe he is outgrowing them. He is now 1 year old.

My 20 month old Aussie
by: Anonymous

My 20 month old Aussie just started doing this. It lasts 10-15 seconds and after that it's completely normal. It scares the living crap out of me every time. I took her to a vet, blood work came out find but they referred us to a neurologist. My husband and I are traveling across the US To see a pet neurologist who can figure out what's going on. I wouldn't wish this on any dog.

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