Animal Rights

Animals Who Head Press Should Be Taken To The Vet Immediately

| by Brendan Kelly

Animals have all kinds of odd behaviors, such as chasing their tails, but some of these behaviors may be a warning of something serious.

If you spot your pet pressing its head against a wall, the animal may be trying to tell you something. There are certain medical conditions which can cause dogs and cats to press their heads against a hard surface for long periods of time.

Fortunately, if caught early enough, the conditions that cause this strange behavior could be treatable if you take your pet to the vet as soon as possible.

Head pressing could be a sign of brain diseases, toxic poisoning, tumors, or strokes, according to Dog Heirs.

The behavior is common in dogs and cats, but can also happen to cows, horses, and goats, among others.

Gentle head butts are not the same, however. The conditions specifically cause continuous periods of head pressing.

"You should not be concerned if your pet rubs his or her head against you for affection or attention," Dr. Kim Smyth told iheartdogs. "This kind of head butting is completely different from head pressing, which is an obvious effort to press the head firmly into stationary objects."

Other signs to look out for include animals pacing, rubbing their face on the ground, and staring at walls.

Sources: Mirror, Dog Heirs, iheartdogs

Photo Credit: Dog Heirs