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My dog is hunched over and seem in pain

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My dog is hunched over and seem in pain
Submitted: 7 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern.

What age and breed is your dog?

When did this start?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
4 and French bulldog
Sunday morning was when she was starting to hunch over
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Thank you, understood.

Is she able to eat, play and climb stairs?

Has she had any other symptoms?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
It all started with my neighbours having a big street party and the music was so loud she got her self worked up. And she been hunched up since then she’s not playing she’s just laying in her bed. She’s eating and going to the toilet
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.


Was she running around and jumping when scared?

Is she panting, bloated, stiff or limping?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
She seems stiff she was running around when the party was going on
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Thank you, understood.

Does she have any discharge from her vulva?

Are her gums pink and wet?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
No she doesn’t. They seem pink and wet to me
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

Before typing my reply, is there anything else you think I should know?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
I just want to know if Loud noise could cause her to be so anxious and stiff
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Understood, sure.

While anxiety can lead to a range of behaviours, they should resolve once the event has stopped and the dog has calmed down. At this point, we know there is more going on.

She may have injured herself while anxious.

I'm sorry she has been acting like this and know you will be worried for her.

Her signs are not specific so there could be a few things going on here including:

  • Back pain due to e.g. IVDD or a strained muscle
  • Pancreatitis (which causes bad abdominal pain)
  • Bladder stones or cystitis
  • An infection of the central nervous system e.g. meningitis
  • Etc.

Given how she is acting, I'd want her seen by a vet ASAP.

They will examine her and may run some tests such as a blood test and imaging, to get to the bottom of this.

Her signs will depend on what is going on and may include e.g. pain relief and anti inflammatories.

At home, encourage rest and keep a close eye for any new signs.

Ensure she can pass urine and poo as normal.

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Is this all ok?

Do you have any further questions?

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 6 days ago.

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