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Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about your dog! Are you home with her now?
Was she having vaginal discharge? Is that why you though she was in heat?
It sounds as though she may be in pain. If you press on her belly, does she show discomfort? Is it hard?
The way you describe her holding her head,I wonder if she could have neck pain. If you take her head, and point her nose up to the ceiling, then down tothe floor, then side to side toward each shoulder, does she protest? What if you start at the back of her skull, and working your way backward to her tail, press down along her spine?
Ok. What about the rest?
Do you have a thermometer at home to take a rectal temperature?
Has she been eating and drinking normally?
Do her gums look pink and moist or are they pale or tacky?
What about if you press down on her spine?
Ok. So my concern here is that she is an unspayed (correct)? female who isn't feeling well and has a tense belly. Unspayed female dogs can get an infection in their uterus called a pyometra, which can cause them to feel lousy and uncomfortable. I don't know if this is what is going on with your dog, without putting my hands on her and being able to examine her it is impossible for me to say, but in any unspayed female who is feeling lousy,that is a concern for me.
If she has been acting this way for several days, I do think it warrants a trip to the vet's office, where they can take her temperature (often with a pyometra they have fever), feel her belly, and decide if they think that is a possibility, or if there is something else going on.
No. If it is a pyometra, it requires surgery to remove the infected uterus. I don't know if that is what is going on with her, but as I said, in an unspayed female dog not feeling well with a tense belly, I do worry about the possibility. Hopefully it is something less serious, but without having her examined you will not know!
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