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Good morning, my name is***** and I am very sorry to hear that Katie is acting so strangely. How is she feeling now? Did a good night sleep help her feel better?
Based on your description of her symptoms, I would wonder about pain, especially in her neck. Neck pain is very common in dogs, especially the smaller ones and it is usually a blown disk but can also be ear pain, a pinched nerve or arthritis.
Please let me know how she is doing, I hope she is okay.
Okay, I am really sorry to hear that.
Can you put your hand on top of her neck and squeeze her neck gently? Does she wince at all? You can repeat this moving down her spine to see if there is pain in her back.
Can you look in her ears? Do they look normal or are they red and painful?
Can you pry her mouth open? Does she act like that hurts her?
Also, is your vet open this morning? She may need an exam.
It sounds like she is very painful. Are you able to take her to your vet this morning?
I am worried about neck pain or jaw pain. Both of these are very painful and can indicate some serious health problems.
I would recommend just going to your vet's office and waiting in line to be seen. At my office, we always say that if a pet is having an emergency (and severe pain is included in this), we want the clients to come right away and we will take care of the pet.
Not shaking her head is the main clue that her head, ears, jaw or neck is hurting. Dogs shake their heads regularly to relieve stress and itch their ears. Not shaking, or trying to shake and stopping means their head or neck hurts.
I think you may have found it! Great! Your vet will be able to prescribe pain medication and treatments for her ears to make her much more comfortable.
How is your pup tonight? Were you able to take her to the vet and get her checked out? Was it her ears?