If You See Your Pet Pushing Their Head Against A Wall, Take Them To The Vet Immediately

Pets do all sorts of strange and adorable things, and because we don’t understand exactly why they do the things they do, we either laugh or leave them be.

Of course, there are certain symptoms that would sound the alarm, especially if it’s similar in ways that we show we’re sick.

The thing is, not every behavior is similar, and veterinarians are warning pet owners about a clear sign that may indicate something is seriously wrong with your dog or cat.

Head Pressing

The sight of your pet pressing their head against a flat wall may seem funny at first. It looks as if they want some alone time or are bored out of their mind.

The sight of your pet pressing their head against a flat wall may seem funny at first. It looks as if they want some alone time or are bored out of their mind.

In reality, if you see your pet pressing their head against a wall, you should be concerned.

Head pressing is a serious medical condition that causes your pet to not only place their head on a flat wall, but other large solid objects.

You’ll notice that your pet will stay in this position for a few minutes.

According to vets, other animals like cows, goats, sheep, and horses also head press to show that something is wrong.

What Does It Mean?

According to PetMD, head pressing is a sign of a neurological condition or a way for your pet to signal they’re in pain.

”This generally indicates damage to the nervous system, which may result from a number of causes, including prosencephalon disease (in which the forebrain and thalamus parts of the brain are damaged), and some types of toxic poisoning (lead).”

Head pressing could be a sign of a number of neurological disorders, such as hydrocephalus, meningitis, encephalitis, stroke, brain tumor, infection, inflammation, and head trauma.

Other signs you should watch out for is your pet walking in circles, pacing constantly, blankly staring at the wall, seizures, visual impairment, and pushing their face into the ground.

Why You Need To Go To The Vet Immediately

It’s possible for your pets to be treated for the condition that’s causing them to press their heads against objects.

In order for that to happen, you need to take your pet to see the vet as soon as possible.

Some Reddit users shared heartbreaking stories of what happened soon after seeing their dogs head pressing.

“Years ago I came home and found my dog pressing her head against a wall in the corner of the room. Within 24 hours she was having seizures and we had to put her down.”

“Can confirm. My Labrador of 9 years had to be put down due to a brain tumor 2 months ago. One of his eyes went cloudy, whimpering, walking in circles and pressing head against objects.”

“Very serious. I saw my dog press her head against a wall about a half hour before she passed.”

“Not only does it mean they are having a health problem, it’s a PAIN response. Think about when you have a terrible headache and you rub your temples or poke your eyes to help relieve pain. This is exactly what they are trying to do.”

[H/T: Newsner]

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Cancer Health Insurance

When you receive a cancer diagnosis, it can be overwhelming – for you, and your family. Having the right health insurance can help to reduce some of the financial pressures so you can focus on your health and recovery.

If you’re in need of cancer treatment, it’s important you know what’s covered by private health insurance. Every policy is different and every treatment plan is unique; this is one case where the fine print really does matter.

Covering cancer treatment costs – what are the options?

Treating cancer can be more expensive than you might expect. To help cover the costs, some people use the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) alone, and others use a combination of Medicare and their private health insurance.

Here’s what each one offers:

Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme – what’s covered?

Medicare can cover hospital care, diagnostic testing and imaging, GP visits and some of the cost of specialist visits. If chemotherapy, radiotherapy and drugs such as antinauseants and immunostimulants are being used as part of your treatment, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) might reduce or cover the cost of prescribed medications.

With certain medications provided outside of hospitals, there may be a ‘gap’ or an amount you have to cover yourself. Always ask your health provider about these costs ahead of time so that you’re prepared for the bill.

Private health insurance – what’s covered?

Private health insurance generally covers you for part, or all, of the costs of being a private patient receiving treatment in a private or a public hospital, depending on your level of cover. It doesn’t mean your private hospital stays are free, but you can choose your doctor and the hospital you’ll be treated at, and your policy may cover the cost of a single room.

Depending on your level of cover, private health insurance may also cover you for out-of-hospital services. This is called extras or ancillary insurance. For most people, that means physio, optical and the annual dentist visit, but it can also include some of the complementary treatments sometimes used in cancer treatment. This could include things like, home nursing, assistance with travel and accommodation, psychology, occupational therapy, dietician advice, post-operative medical/health aids, assisted living programs.

As a private patient, you may need to pay extra fees including doctors’ charges, hospital accommodation, pharmaceuticals, theatre fees, prostheses and so on. Generally, the higher the premium you pay, the fewer additional costs you’ll have to deal with.

Limiting your health insurance expenses – what should you consider?

Here are some practical things you can do to keep on top of your expenses if you’re using private health insurance:

  • Contact your health fund before you receive treatment to find out exactly what they cover and what you’ll have to pay for yourself, and if there are any associated waiting periods you need to serve.
  • Understand what it means if your insurance policy has restrictions or exclusions. It may mean you’re not covered for things you think are included.
  • Find out if your hospital or specialist has an arrangement with your health insurer so you don’t face avoidable out-of-pocket expenses. You might even decide to change where you go for treatment based on this information.
  • Ask your doctor for a written estimate of costs and find out how long you’ll have to pay the bills.
  • Read any letters or brochures from your health insurer; they can make changes to your policy, so it’s a good idea to stay informed
  • Make any claims with your insurer as soon as possible so there’s no delay on your payments.

Choosing the right level of private health insurance may increase your comfort during treatment and help to lighten your financial load in the long run. It’s important to research your policy options carefully to choose the policy that best suits you.