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Hello, my name is***** and I would like to assist with your concern tonight.
All of the information is very helpful. There are two paths this is going down based on your description. Initially it sounded as though she was having hives -- when you mentioned the coat looking lumpy or unsettled. This is how hives appear. They are also VERY sensitive and can make a dog appear very painful and not want to be touches. However, this should not affect her ability to stand and not lose her footing. Once you began mentioning that, I became more concerned about a strain in her lower back such as with a muscle or with a disk injury. Small dogs can herniate their disks and it can become serious. it initially starts with pain when handled or when the back is touched and can progress to difficulty walking.
Without physically handling her, it is difficult for me to narrow down between the two which is going on... do you see any red spot or circles on her belly where there is no fur? Hives can show up there as well.
Alternatively, has she had a history of any back injuries before?
Yes, it would be appropriate to begin treating for both as the medications do not interact and are both same. Continue to give the rimadyl and start benadryl. How much does she weigh?
I would avoid having her see a chiropractor without seeing a vet first due to the potential risk of a disk injury. If you keep her rested and quiet and start the medications, you can continue to monitor. If she seems to have a harder time walking or if she turns her feet over and places weight on the tops of them, then you need to see a vet immediately. If you can cut into thirds, that would be appropriate.
Pain does make dogs change their normal behaviors. Some do want to hide, but others become more clingy because they feel vulnerable.
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