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I have a male cocker spaniel. He is 5 years old. Friday he

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Hi, I have a male cocker spaniel. He is 5 years old. Friday he had his final grooming done until the spring. He is cut short. Since coming home Friday evening, he has not been himself. When he got home he was running around like a crazy dog, normal after hisair cut, But as the ravening wore on Friday then Saurday and sunday. He has been lethargic. He hasjus ben laying in bed with me. That isn't normal either his bond us uth my Mom so he doesn't normally stay too long laying wit me. he also appears to be warmer that normal. Any idreas?
Submitted: 1 year ago via Dog-Health-Guide.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

Often a dog after grooming will behave differently than normal. In some cases it can be the result of having the hair cut alone. In other cases, there may be a thermal burn due to hot clippers if the coat was cut a little too close. In other cases, if the anal glands were expressed, a dog may be uncomfortable from the procedure and not act entirely normal either. The other possibility is that he may have twisted while being groomed and injured a disc in the back. In a case like that, a dog might move slower, avoid jumping up or stairs.

Let me go ahead and give you some links on these conditions for you to read. Here is a short article on razor burns.

http://dogcare.dailypuppy.com/heal-clipper-burns-dog-3874.html

If the anal glands are causing some discomfort than you might try a warm compress on the glands which are located around the rectum. This can help soothe them. Discomfort usually lasts a couple of days after the glands are expressed. Read about the anal glands here:

http://www.dr-dan.com/analsac.htm

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_anal_sacs.html

An intervertebral disc that has slipped or ruptured up into the spinal canal causes inflammation of the spinal cord, which in severe cases causes paralyses of the rear legs. In other mild cases, you might see a dog move slower, stop jumping and avoid stairs. This might occur as a result of twisting suddenly while being groomed You can read about this here:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intervertebral-disc-disease-thoracolumbar-area-in-dogs/page1.aspx
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intervertebral-disc-disease-cervical-area/page1.aspx

If he is eating, drinking and eliminating relatively normal, then see if you don't see improvement in a day or two. If you don't see improvement or he isn't eating and drinking normally, have him evaluated by your vet.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer.

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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Jane Lefler