If you notice your dog repeatedly pressing their heads against the wall, floor or other object for no apparent reason, your pet could have a dangerous medical condition.
Doberman with hepatic encephalopathy evincing head pressing
The behavior is called "head pressing", and it is characterized by the compulsive act of pressing the head against something solid for extended periods of time.
Head pressing generally indicates damage to the nervous system or a neurological condition or illness and it is very important that you take your dog or cat to a veterinarian for diagnosis.
The causes of head pressing behavior can be varied, but may include:
Head pressing should not be confused with a "headbutting", where a dog or cat affectionately rubs against a person or other animal.
Head pressing can be just one symptom among other behaviors and symptoms of neurological or metabolic distress. Other behaviors and symptoms can include:
By recognizing head pressing and other neurologically-related symptoms in your dog or cat, you could potentially save their lives!
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