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Most likely Sweetie has suffered an injury to a disc in her back. This is very common in some breeds because of their conformation. Since Sweetie does not have any digestive issues, this is the most likely cause for her pain which is shown by her not wanting to do her normal things. Since this is deep within the vertebrae, she will not show pain when you touch or palpate these areas. This can happen when she jumps up or down on something or just moves the wrong way. The best thing you can do for now as long as Sweetie is eating, is to give her aspirin at 5 mg per pound every 12 hrs. This will decrease the inflammation that is causing this pain and start to stabilize this disc. Do not allow her to jump on or off anything or even climb stairs to allow this disc to stabilize. It is best to have your vet examine Sweetie to be sure that this is the case and that this treatment is appropriate.Does that make sense to you?
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Like I explained, this can happen just like in people where they move the wrong way or jump up or down on something and tweak their back. Because of Sweetie's age, this could also be due to an aggravated arthritis that you may not even be aware of. It is great that you will see your vet to know for sure.
You are very welcome! I hope your Sweetie feels better soon!