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The Odd Behavior That Can Signal a Brain Tumor

If your dog or cat starts doing this, please see your vet right away. While many pet owners might initially think it's a cute antic, it's not. It's a red flag for a serious medical condition, ranging from a brain tumor to a stroke or other central nervous system disorder.

head pressing brain tumor


  • Head pressing is a very serious medical condition in dogs and cats that can look at first glance like a harmless, even funny behavior
  • There are several root causes for head pressing — all are serious and require immediate veterinary intervention
  • Additional symptoms to watch for include abnormal vocalization, compulsive pacing and circling, disorientation, and behavior changes
  • Head pressing can be challenging to diagnose, however, a confirmed diagnosis is necessary before appropriate treatment can be initiated

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