Do you ever notice your pet standing up against a wall with their head pressed to it? You might even think it looks cute or funny as though they are putting themselves in “time out” for doing something wrong. Unfortunately, what appears to be harmless may actually be a sign of something that could potentially end up fatal. Just as parents read books and get advice from their fellow parent friends, family, and physicians, it is just as important for pet owners to get advice about how to take proper care of our pets. Pets are often regarded as a member of the family and are extremely important. As such, being aware of potentially dangerous warning signs is something that every responsibly pet owner should be informed of.
When babies are born, they have ways to communicate without actually being able to talk. They cry whenever they are in need of anything. Pets can often communicate the same way about needs such has hunger or thirst. What if there is something wrong with your pet though and they don’t even know it?
One of the most serious signals a dog or cat can give to warn you about a major illness is also one that seems harmless and even possibly cute. Please take notice and take immediate action if you witness this behavior in your beloved pet. This warning sign is called “head pressing.”
Head pressing is defined as a pet spontaneously pressing their head up against a wall for lengthy periods of time. It almost looks as if they may be putting themselves in doggy or kitty “time out.” It is important to note that head pressing is something entirely different than head butting. Head butting is when your pet rubs its head against you in a loving manner. These two acts have very different implications.
If you notice your pet head pressing, it is critical that you take them to your local veterinarian immediately. It could mean the difference between life and death for your cherished family member. Some other warning signs to look out for include staring at the walls, getting stuck in corners, problems with their vision, noticeable damage to their reflexes, walking in circles, pacing back and forth constantly, or seizures.
The most important thing to remember is to consult a knowledgeable and experienced veterinarian immediately if you notice any unusual behaviors in your pet. Just as you would take your child to their pediatrician if you noticed them exhibiting strange behaviors as well. Please make sure that you LIKE and SHARE this article with your family and friends. It could make the difference in saving a member of their family too!