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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. Just ignore it. I am sorry to hear that Nala is having such a painful problem. Based on what you have described, my first thought would be a herniated disk in the neck. There could possibly some other nerve or soft tissue injury. With her age, you cannot completely rule out cancer. The symptoms can come on quickly in some cases. They did for my dog. You are very limited on what you can give at home to dogs for pain medication that would be considered safe. Enteric coated aspirin is the only one you can give (http://www.walkervalleyvet.com/otc-meds.htm), but you still run the risk of gastrointestinal problems, including ulcers or mild bleeding. Plus, it is difficult to say what her kidney, liver or clotting function are at her age; all of which can make aspirin a risky choice. But, all other human OTC pain medications are known to be toxic with a lot more narrow margin of safety. If there is even an emergency vet you can get to before Monday, that would be a better choice, but I understand if there isn't. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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Yes, a heating pad can help. Just don't put it directly on her, and don't leave it on for an extended period of time or unattended. Many a dog have gotten thermal burns with heating pads. Wrap it in a towel and apply it to the area for no more than 5 minutes at a time. Let me know if you have further questions.
Hello. I was just following up to see how Nala is doing and to see if you have further questions.
Thanks for the update. Keep her as confined as you can. That is the most important part of healing traumatic injuries. Let me know if you have further concerns.