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At 14 months of age, depending on her breed and size, Mel may be going through a growth spurt. This is more likely in larger breed dogs. So, if Mel is not a great dane or mastiff, then there is likely another reason. I need to ask a few questions to get a better idea of what is going on. What type of dog is Mel? What part of the country do you live in? Do you use any flea/tick products? If so, when was the last one applied? Lets start there
When she was at the veterinary hospital, did they give any vaccines? I live in Maine, so know the issues that we have with tick borne diseases. It is good that she had a heart worm test. Was it a combination test for lyme, ehrlichia, anaplasma and heart worm? It is called a 4 dx. Do you have a digital thermometer so that you can check her temperature? Normal temp is 99 to 102.9
Okay. Has she been shaking her head at all or holding her head tilted? I suspect that the three vaccines coupled with the ear infection and then medications are a stress on her immune system. I typically do not recommend small dogs receive more than two vaccines at a time. Does she have any swelling or tenderness at her vaccine sites?
Vaccine reactions can be immediate (within a few hours), delayed ( within a few days) and significantly delayed (occur a few weeks to months after vaccine). The delayed reactions are usually associated with swelling and discomfort at the site and may cause minor irritation but are not life threatening, as opposed to the acute reaction. It is a little odd that she is sleeping more at this age. I have a 15 -16 yr old Pug and she sleeps all the time, but was a wild child at that age. She could also be tired if you took her for longer walks than normal.