Monday, November 28, 2011

Head Tremors or Head Bobbing in Bulldogs

Buster had another quiet day.  On his afternoon walk, he started to jump and run.  So he is definitely getting extra sedative now.  He has 6 more weeks of restricted activity!

His suture check is tomorrow (today's picture shows his incision and staples and yes, a bit of drainage).  Hopefully the stitches will be absorbed enough that we can remove the cone of shame.   It is okay to remove the surgical cone 5 to 7 days after the surgery but we played it safe and kept it on him until the surgeons say his sutures are safe.  We'll update you tomorrow.

We've mentioned previously that we give Buster a little plain yogurt every day.  About 6 months after Buster's first surgery, he got up one morning and walked to the kitchen, where we were eating breakfast.  We looked over at him and saw that his head was shaking and lashes blinking involuntarily.  It was like a seizure localized in his head.  We asked for help on Twitter and a friend of ours, @That1EBD, referred us to a blog post about head tremors in bulldogs.

It's a fascinating and largely unexplained phenomenon.  Although the tremors could be caused by epilepsy or even diabetes, one bulldog owner and breeder extensively researched case literature and worked with a vet to find that bulldogs commonly have tremors in pregnancy (okay, Buster is a boy so we can rule that out) and after surgery.  It is unclear why this happens but it seems that it may be low calcium levels.  Please follow the link above for an in-depth discussion of the topic.  It is possible that a seizure could be indicative of epilepsy or diabetes so talk with your vet if this happens with your bully.

Suffice it to say that Buster had head tremors one time.  We have consistently given him a little yogurt with each meal and periodically let him have a small amount of frozen yogurt or vanilla ice cream.  I stress--small amount of frozen yogurt or ice cream.  FWIW, Buster recommends Yogurtopia.  We haven't seen any head tremors yet but they typically don't occur until 6 months post-op and they may not occur at all.

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