Idiopathic head tremors are common in young to middle aged dogs especially bulldogs, boxers and Labradors.
There is often a familial component and the tremors can be triggered by:
- a recent painful event
- a temporary dip in blood glucose
- lowering of blood calcium
- nothing discernible at all
It is easy to confuse the condition with focal seizures.
Anti-epileptic medication is not beneficial in true cases of idiopathic tremors. There is anecdotal evidence that feeding a sugar-rich meal can immediately alleviate the tremors, even in those cases where blood glucose levels have been normal.
Idiopathic head tremors in Bailey the boxer. Video: LaurenDu / YouTube