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I have a chihuahua and he is hanging his head and his head is shaking. His neck looks swollen and is barely panting
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Dog Specialist: Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I do have a couple questions to see if I can better assess your situation.

How old is he?

How long has this been going on?

Does it seem to be painful for him if you move his neck around?

Does the neck seem swollen because his muscles are tensed up or because the tissues themselves are actually swollen?

Is the entire neck swollen or just part of it?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
He did this last Sunday. His tongue has a blue tinge to it but he seems to be breathing fine. His neck is sensitive to touch. He is 7 yrs old.
Dog Specialist: Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Thanks for the information. What about the swelling associated with the neck?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
He is having temors so I think it's swollen from being tense
Dog Specialist: Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Thanks for the information. The bluish color to the tongue does concern me because he may not getting enough oxygen to his tissues. If he is not having problems breathing, that is good, but I would still have some concern with that. My first concern is that he has some type of injury or herniated disk in the neck. A herniated disk is more likely. Unless the herniation is high enough to affect respiratory centers, it most likely isn't related. Even then, his breathing would be labored. If this has been going on since Sunday, I would highly recommend having your vet check him out and even get an x-ray of the neck to rule out any potential fracture. At the very least, they can get him on some safe pain medications to help him feel better. There isn't anything OTC that is safe in dogs. Enteric coated aspirin is the only one, but it still has a high chance of causing gastrointestinal bleeding. Plus, it would really help to get him on some type of narcotic pain control and a muscle relaxer. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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