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Thank you for your question. My name is***** I have been a small animal veterinarian for 13 years and I'd like to help with your question. I do have a few questions that will give me a better idea of what is going on.
First, did this behavior start suddenly? Was she doing anything in particular before it began? Second, can you tell if the eyelids are swollen or if the eyes themselves are red at all? And third, is she otherwise normal.... meaning is she eating and getting up an moving around with a normal amount of energy?
When dogs want to keep their eyes closed it is almost always related to some kind of pain or irritation in their eyes. Whether they have dry eye (lack of tear production) or got something irritation in their eyes. It can also happen if they get bit or stung by something, but that usually causes swelling of the eyelids also. Some neurologic problems can cause this too, but you would see other symptoms, such as loss of coordination. Some medications, particularly sedatives can do it also, but she doesn't sound sleepy.
If she truly is otherwise normal.. not sleepy or uncoordinated.... then I would suspect that her eyes are painful or irritated on the surface. Eyes are one thing that I prefer never to wait to examine because if there is a problem waiting can make it worse.... slightly irritated or dry eyes can develop ulcers so a small problem become a big problem. I would recommend taking her to a veterinarian if you can to test for dry eye and just evaluate for any abnormalities.
I hope that helps, but if you have additional questions please let me know.
I hope it is something simple! Best wishes.