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My shih tzu went to the groomer Monday and was infested with…

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My shih tzu went to the groomer Monday and was infested with fleas so she shaved her real short. Since this she has been acting depressed and sleeping all day and night. Eating only 1 meal a day and when she walks her head and tail form a "U" shape. It is very "retarded" looking for a lack of better words. Ears seem to be free of odor drainage etc. what could this be?

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Veterinarian's Assistant: Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the Shih Tzu. What is the Shih Tzu's name and age?

We were just given this baby. She is 3 yo and her name is***** was a "rescue" dog. She was unable to come in heat so breeders didnt want her. I know nothing else.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Katy?

I have no other history.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I did omit something. She has 2 spots on her trunk that were red almost looked like a lesion. I assummed it was from her scratching the fleas. I have been treating them topically with neospirin and hydrocortisone cream. Very small amount mixed.
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Treatment has been successfully. The 2 areas have all but healed.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please tell me how long ago it was that Katy was groomed. I see dogs in pain from razor burns acting as she has acted but inappetence, depression and somnolence (sleepiness) extending over many days indicates an ill dog rather than one that was traumatized by the groomer.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Today is Saturday. She was groomed on Monday.
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
She is favoring her right ear but again, i see no discharge redness swelling nor do i smell an odor of any kind.

Thank you. Katy's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam on Katy. We can't blame something that happened at the groomer at this late date especially because she has responded well to your ministrations. Her change in posture suggests spinal pain such as might be seen with degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"). Her right ear needs to be scoped as there can be pathology deep in her ear unable to be seen with the naked eye. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
What are s/s if ear mites?
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Sorry....of ear mites

Ear mites are usually evidenced by a mild to marked accumulation of dark brown to black, waxy or crusty exudate in the ear canals. Mites would be unlikely as her ears appear to be free of "drainage" and are more commonly seen in kittens and the occasional puppy.

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