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Head Shaking

Head Shaking

The pet signifies discomfort by making quick movements of the head. Dogs and cats shaking their head is not necessarily a cause for concern, as it is normal behavior when they, for example, feel itchy. However, in case of continuous head shaking it is advised to consult a veterinarian to determine the cause, as it may be a sign of an infection or trauma.

How to Recognize

If your pet incessantly shakes his/her head, it is most likely a sign of an underlying condition.

Causes of Head Shaking

Most head shaking in pets is a result of an issue in the ear, such as an ear infection or blockage in the ear canal, either by foreign objects or masses.


Your veterinarian will look into your pet's ears and may swab their ears and send it to the laboratory to be tested for infection.

Treatment for Head Shaking

A topical medication, antibiotic, or ear flush is most likely needed if your pet is suffering from some sort of ear condition.

Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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