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11-25-2012, 09:30 PM
Location: Hudson Valley NY
Dogs Name: Mariano (Mo)
Dogs Age: June 26th 2012
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Last night, when Mariano was in his terribly uncomfortable looking position on the couch, I noticed whenever he would stretch his neck out a little bit, his head was shake a little bit. I tried to show my mother, who is up from florida visiting, and she did not notice anything. So I of course thought it was just me being crazy and over thinking something, and he was fine.
Tonight, Mariano was using my mother as pillow on the couch, and then she saw what I was talking about. It was a bit more noticable than last night, but doesnt seem to bother him much.
My mother has worked in exotic and domestic animal hospitals for over 20 years, and she gave him a quick feel down... he just acted like his normal tired sell... a lump. She noticed it is ONLY his head, his body does not move. And he is not shying away from touch or anything like that.
He has had a pretty exciting and busy weekend; thanksgiving was at my house with 12 people (never had that many house guests before), our first overnight guest came to visit, he managed to destroy a lemon icebox pie by eating the the topping in 30 seconds before anyone could get to him, and he had a playdate with 8 other doberman puppies today.
I have done a TON of google-ing, and I am not sure it has done anything but make me panic. Any ideas? He is otherwise, his normal self. NO other signs of anything. He did get a new worming med and his heartworm med this week.
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11-26-2012, 08:17 PM
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Location: Gatlinburg TN
Dogs Name: IABCA Intl/Ntl CH, AKC Pointed, Delmira Arya Khaleesi Dragon Queen
Titles: CAX, Senior Title in Dock Dogs,
Dogs Age: Khaleesi is 2 and 1/2
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Yep, some Dobes do this when they are tired. And you can usually snap them out of it by distracting them with a treat. I wouldn't use a toy if they're already tired.
Looks bizarre and scary, but from what I've learned, it's an unexplained condition that is usually benign. (Assuming it's not related to something serious, like a tumor.)
Can't find any info about genetics, but I've read that a lot of Dobes "outgrow" it.
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