Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?


Head-tilting in dogs, when done occasionally, is not really something to be worried about. But there are instances when a head tilt indicates an underlying health issue that warrants prompt veterinary attention.

When is head-tilting normal?

You may have noticed your dog tilting his head when he hears something strange or interesting, or when they see something that catches their fancy. The head usually tilts to one side for a few seconds and returns to a normal position soon afterwards. The head-tilting may alternate between each side. The behavior is more common among puppies, but dogs of all ages may tilt their heads in response to something, at one time or another.

When is head-tilting a sign of a health problem?

Head-tilting that is associated with an underlying health problem is usually involuntary and constant. The dog may also exhibit other symptoms of illness.

Head-tilting may be a symptom of a serious health problem that involves the nervous system. A visit to your Pickerington, OH veterinary clinic can help address the problem. Click here.

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