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Eight Dog Symptoms – A Possible Dog Headache

Dog Symptoms of a Headache Can be Easy to Recognize

Here is what to look for when you are questioning the symptoms in dogs and if it’s a dog headache

You may have asked yourself if your dog was ever suffering from a headache. Well it is a fact that dogs suffer from those head throbbing pains just like their human counterparts. Given that dogs have 20 times more olfactory receptors than we do, they can pick up scents we don’t even know exist, which could lead to allergies in dogs, nasal irritations and ultimately a headache.

Symptoms of dogs with a possible headache can display a variety of behaviours. Knowing what normal behaviour in our dog is will help when we encounter any of the signs. The following could indicate that your beloved dog has either a minor headache or a major head throb:

• You suddenly find your dog wants to hide in the closet where it is dark and quiet.
• Now your most affectionate dog in the world does not want you touching their head or stroking them at all.
• Dog symptoms like rubbing their head against furniture or on your body hoping for relief of this invasion in their head.
• Total avoidance of people and loud noises which only make their head pound more.
• Not interested in playing and only wanting to be left alone.
• Squinting with their eyes to avoid sunlight which worsens their pain. 
• Seeking out cool places to rest their head upon.
• Not very enthusiastic about eating their meals (putting their head down to feed from their bowl can cause that throbbing)

Many of these dog symptoms can point to other reasons besides a headache. There could be dog allergies they are suffering from or an eye condition or even possible neck or spinal strain. High blood pressure or dehydration can also cause symptoms in dogs that resemble headaches. Despite that, a picture of vibrant dog health does not involve your best friend running for cover from play, or sunshine and heading for dark closets. Download the Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

Many dog symptoms are covered in my e-book “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs.” I particularly go into great detail in Chapter 2 on Holistic dog care and how you can help a wide variety of conditions through natural and safe means that don’t have to cost an arm or a leg.

So ask yourself if your healthy dog wants to socialize with other dogs and people. Understandably there would be no other underlying condition which predisposes them to being antisocial. Understand that dogs experience and feel many of the emotions and illnesses that we do, so headaches are not that far off the Richter scale. Be aware of your dog’s body language and vocalizations. That passion for the closet might be more than just wanting to be near the scent of your socks and shoes!

Have you ever suspected a headache in your dog? Share your comments and information below!

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8 Responses to Eight Dog Symptoms – A Possible Dog Headache

  • rick says:

    What should I do if I think my dog has a headache? Can I give her baby aspirin or liquid ibuprofen?

  • helga says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am not keen on giving anything potentially harmful to our pets. I am aware of 1/2 aspirin being given to a dog if they are in pain. My choice of treatment is to keep them in a quiet room, dimly lit, and slightly cooler in temperature. Placing a cool cloth on their head can also reduce inflammation and help them. The headache could be from a number of reasons and it is important to get it checked out if it is a regular occurrance. Good luck with your dog’s headache and cuddling them helps with relieving tension.

  • Imani says:

    I have a brand new puppy, and she is not standing up straight! She will run around when you encourage her to, but as soon as she stops she wont stand up straight and will fall on either of her sides. Does anyone have any clue on why she is acting this way? I am realy scared and I really do not want anything to happen to my adorable pocket of joy!!!! PLEASE HELP I AM DESPERATE!!!!!

  • helga says:

    Hi Imani,
    Your little bundle of joy could be so young she is just not coordinated enough yet to balance correctly. On the other hand, she could have an inner ear infection which can cause this type of behavior. Vestibular disease which can cause the dog to fall to one side, has however a whole bunch of other symptoms such as head tilt, darting eyes, yawning, vomiting or nausea, or loss of appetite. Again, this originates in the inner ear which is responsible for important functions such as balance and coordination. Sometimes an external ear infection spreads from there to the middle ear and then on to the inner ear, negatively affecting the balancing act. Another possibility is low thyroid levels or if your dog has been given any ear medications. There is a huge array of possibilities for the puppy not standing up straight. Please have her checked out by a holistic Vet if you live near one. It could be something very minor or possibly just her age. I would most definitely have it checked asap. Please let me know how it goes and I wish you the best of luck and hopefully all is okay!

  • ginny says:

    my dog is 8yrs,and is a new diabetic,with [cushung desease} he hides behind couch,with head under it…so its dark,could this be a reaction from the drugs he takes for the later desease,or is he suffering for a headaches which I CAN’T SEE HIM HAVING TO SUFFER TWICE A DAY…what can I do if any-thing?? Thank-you.

  • helga says:

    Hi Ginny,
    Many dogs with Cushings disease also have diabetes. A dog that seeks out dark and quiet places could be suffering from headaches, a possible eye irritation, or shyness, or fear or anxiety. I do not know all the medications your dog is on or all the health history or environment in which he lives. You mention he does this twice a day so I would pay attention to if it is after you’ve given any of his medications. What is happening prior to him hiding behind the couch? Look into what you can give him holistically to support his well-being, taking into consideration all the medications he is on and his condition. See if you can visit a holistic vet in your area. Acupunture treatment is good for regulating the endocrine system. I wish you all the best with your dog!

  • victoria says:

    my dog is 6yrs old and he hasn’t been to a check up in a while.. he doesn’t want to eat or get out of his bed ..and his head feels warm and when I touch him he starts shaking like if he was cold..could he have a headache? if so what could I give him or what could I do to help him?

  • helga says:

    Hi Victoria,
    I suggest you take your dog to a vet because there may be something going on…If he is shaking when you go to touch him it may be anxiety, fear, pain, something of discomfort whether physiological or psychological. It could be cognitive or even seizures. If he is not eating or wanting to get out of bed, he could have arthritis and is sore upon arising. There are so many reasons and questions to what you have told me it becomes a guessing game. I would take him to a vet and get him checked over for a variety of things. All the best for you and your dog…

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