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My Doberman suddenly won't lift her head up, she has just started

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My Doberman suddenly won't lift her head up, she has just started walking around with her head hanging down. When I put my hand under her head and slowly lifted she cried. What is going on?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 months ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help. Now I have to say I am quite concerned about Nola.The signs you are reported do support neck pain for her and this can be triggered by a range of issues. We can of course see it related to trauma, muscle strain, and injury. Though as you have not noted any history of this and with its sudden onset, we'd also be worried about spinal disease (inflammation, slipping intervertebral disks, Wobblers --a big worry for Dobies, etc) as well as brain based issues like meningitis.Therefore, we need to tread with care and would want her seen by her vet urgently. They can perform a neurological examination to pinpoint the root cause of her signs. Based on that, we may need them to refer her for MRI if spinal or brain changes are confirmed. That would let us see past the bone encasing each organ and let us determine which issue is ongoing. Depending on those findings, the neurologist will be able to address this and get Nola settled before this can progress or cause any issues with her walking.Please take care,Dr. B.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. **Afterwards, please don’t forget to rate my service by clicking on the "Rate my Expert' button at the top of the page. Thank you for your feedback!: )