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I am so sorry that Boo Boo is not feeling well. You did not say what breed Boo BOO is but if he is a smaller breed, this may be caused by an unstable disc in his back. The fact that he is shivering tells us he is in pain and the fact that he will not jump on the couch tells us that he is in too much pain to do this.
Since this disc is deep within the vertebrae, he will not show pain when you touch or palpate these areas. This can happen when BooBoo jumps up or down on something or just moves the wrong way. The best thing you can do for now as long as you can get Boo Boo to eat something, even if you have to force feed him, is to give him aspirin at 5 mg per pound every 12 hrs. This will decrease the inflammation that is causing his pain and start to stabilize this disc. Do not allow him to jump on or off anything or even climb stairs to allow this disc to stabilize. It is best to have your vet examine your sweet Boo Boo to be sure that this is the case and that this treatment is appropriate.Does that make sense to you?
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That could mean that he is running a fever since this could also be an infection that he may have picked up. The aspirin will help even this but it is very important that you only give this with food...if you cannot force feed him something, take him to your vet for an exam.