While seeing a pet with their head against the wall may make you think they are in ‘time-out’ – it isn’t a laughing matter. If you ever see your pet doing this, they need to go to the vet ASAP! This behavior is called “Head Pressing, ” and it is a huge red flag! Head pressing is a serious medical condition – it is a sign that your pet has a damaged nervous system.
This neurological damage can be caused by tumors, infections, rabies, lead poisoning, prosencephalon disease, chemical exposure, or from other health conditions.
The sooner you get your pet help, the better. It can affect dogs of any age-range or breed.
Other symptoms of a damaged nervous system to watch out for are pacing and circling, seizures, a change in a learned behavior, visual problems, or injuries to the face and head due to pressing the head against hard surfaces for extended time periods.
Depending on the cause of the head pressing, your vet will decide the best treatment; no treatments can be given until the correct diagnosis has been reached.
Diagnosis, according to petMD, may include blood measurement tests, urinalysis, blood test (to check for lead poisoning), an exam of the retina, CT scans or an MRI.
The condition may or may not require hospitalization. Head pressing is no joke. Your pets are trying to tell you something very important with this behavior.
Please spread the word to all the pet lovers in your life. Get your pet the help they need soon so they can recover quickly! Share away, people.