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Cervical intervertebral disc disease
I have a soon-to-be nine-year-old American Cocker Spaniel. Yesterday, she whimpered when she passed a stool. This is not unusual. She has, in the past, have had hard stool and whimpers when the first bit comes out, and then she’s fine. However, later in the evening, I had reached to give her a pet on the head and she whimpered/yelped loudly once. I checked over her body carefully and slowly, but no more whimpering. She did it again later without anyone touching her. This morning, she seemed fine, did her two jobs with no cries, walked her usual path, again with no cries. By late afternoon, she gave another cry when I went to reposition her (she was laying on my lap). I had place my hands under her arms (two front legs). I set her down, felt around her body again for lumps and/or tenderness, but no cries. I’m baffled by what may be causing her cries. She has been eating normally and there are no health concerns prior to this. She has food and seasonal allergies. Confirmed that she was not given any food except her usual food. Thank you for any suggestions.
I forgot to add that after the cry, her body shivers quite a bit. Petting her and talking to her calmly seems to settle her.
My dog is breathing a bit harder than normal and whimpers when there is any movement downwards on her head. This just started today I believe the injury was accidentally inflicted by one of our other 3 dogs. Does she need medical attention or just some rest?