Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
I am so sorry to hear Scout is showing these signs.
Unfortunately the hiding is fairly common when dogs do not feel well. Their instinct as a predator tells them to hide when they are weak and try to find a safe spot until they are strong again.
The panting and trembling indicate pain and the fact that he is having trouble jumping on the bed makes me worried about a back injury. Not necessarily doing something like jumping off the furniture and crying out, they can be walking
around the house and have a disc herniation because of their anatomy or genetic predisposition.
Here is more information on this condition:
Ideal is to have your veterinarian evaluate your dog to definitively diagnose the problem and start on appropriate medication to control the discomfort. Until you are able to do this please restrict activity (which often they are already doing themselves but that means no steps/ stairs and only carrying to go potty) and rotating warm and cool compresses on the back in ten minute intervals to reduce pain and increase blood flow.
You can also do light circular massage up and down the back to stimulate blood flow if this is not too painful and will allow it.
To pick your dog up please use one hand between front legs
and then scooping behind back legs to avoid pressure in the middle of the back. I have actually trained my little dogs to put their front legs on my forearm to minimize pressure on their backs and the associated discomfort.
If it continues tonight without reprieve or he is greater than a 2 on the pain scale below then I would consider a veterinary er tonight to get him appropriate pain management sooner rather than later.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions I can assist with. I hope you are able to get your little one comfortable soon, truly.
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