If you’re a person who loves animals, then you might have noticed an article making the rounds everywhere about an act called “head pressing” that just might be done by your pet.
If you haven’t seen or heard of this article, then you might want to read through this.
Here are some of the pointers that can give explanations as to why animals do this:
But first, what really is “head pressing”?
In itself, you can pretty much see that the term “head pressing” is quite self- explanatory. The pet- when affected- stands close to a wall or any other thing that has a hard surface (including but not limited to a car, a piece of furniture, a corner, and much more) and starts to literally press the top of its head against it.
A lot of people might not be aware of this, but head pressing actually does show signs of a very fatal illness.
What causes this behavior?
There are quite a lot of diseases that can have head pressing as a sign of their occurrence. A few of them include:
Hydrocephalus: Put simply, this is the presence of water on the brain.
Hepatic encephalopathy: This is a disease that is usually seen in animals that have a form of liver disease.
Head pressing can also help to diagnose that there are tumors in the brain of the affected animal.
Strokes or any form of vascular accident in the brain.
Various infectious and inflammatory forms of encephalitis and meningitis.
Basically, an animal has the potential of developing the head pressing syndrome if it has any kind of trauma in its head.
Also, there are other symptoms that a pet owner should be on the lookout for:
For instance, depending on the specific cause of the head pressing, there are other symptoms that could be potentially apparent. Hepatic encephalopathy is actually the most common presentation of head pressing and in this particular case, pet owners will most probably see some signs of liver disease, including the following:
A severe and rapid loss of weight.
An increased rate of urination.
Jaundice: When the gums and the white part of the eyes start to turn yellow.
An increased rate of water intake.
Lethargy and a general lack of action.
Mental dullness, which will be especially apparent after a meal.
What will be the outcome of any animal that starts to display this behavior?
The eventual prognosis will depend largely on the specific cause of the head pressing, and this means that the treatment to correct the disease will also vary as well.
However, regardless of what the root cause is, one sure fact is that the sooner you get the animal treated, the more likely it is to recover fully.
Is there any other information that can be useful to pet owners?
For the sake of safety and to avoid any unnecessary alarms, it is important to know that there is a major difference between a pet that rubs its head on something just to get your attention and head pressing. Head pressing is the pushing o the head on to a surface that is hard and stationary.