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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am sorry to hear that Rocket is showing these symptoms. My primary concern with her age and this happening in the morning is pain related? With ambulation/ moving around the stiffness subsides and she is back to normal. The other possibility is there is a noise or vibration beyond our ability that is causing her anxiety overnight and she is now associating with the crate...Is there any way to get her out on a walk first thing in the morning, even 10-15 minutes to see how she moves, get her mind to move past whatever fear that she might be experiencing, and see how she does? In addition, videotaping the morning so that if you do need to consider a veterinary exam they can see what she is doing to get a better idea of what is the potential cause?If you have benadryl perhaps trying that at bedtime 1 mg/ pound to see if that allows her to rest more fitfully along with a nice long walk before bed. I am not sure if this is going to be effective, especially if this is pain related but if it is fear related this should make a difference in her response.I would not advise coddling the behavior as this can reinforce her fears and cause escalation each day. Simply ignore her (which I do understand is very challenging) until she returns to normalPlease let me know how else I can assist you both today. I truly hope Rocket is feeling better soon...
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