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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Rosie has a tick (not the bug) in her shoulder

I know that this is a GSD site, but I also gather that there are others with multiple breeds in their house. SO...I'm sending this out to you all in hopes that someone else has a Doxon like me.

Rosie is 4 years old. She's a pure breed teacup miniture Daschund. She's only about 4 pounds and has developed this tick. You know how you get that tick in you eye and it is just annoying...Rosie has one of those in her shoulder. Normally, I wouldn't be worried about something like this, except that she is kind of sulking, won't jump up on the couch, or even stand on her hind legs to have you pick her up, and when you do pick her up sometimes she squeals like she is in pain. This is not normal behavior for her. Normally she is all wiggles and full of energy. She doesn't even boss my GSD around anymore.

She eats, poops, pees, and walks just fine. She will even run. She's alert and not lethargic, but she's just not herself. We keep her trim, because we know that they have back issues, and we don't let her jump a lot, but she's usually like a little spring.

Has anyone had this happen with their doxon?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 08:40 PM
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My Rusty, mini doxie, had severe arthritis in his neck and shoulder area. He would scream something like what you are describing if he was handled in a certain way but not all the time. We could usually predict when most likely to bother him. He did not have a tick like yours does.

That info really doesn't help with what you are asking. Best advice is to take your dog in for a vet exam. Could be a pulled muscle or something else.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-06-2014, 12:39 AM
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I would have a chiropractic evaluation asap: Animal Chiropractic - Find an AVCA certified doctor to adjust your horse, dog, cat or exotic.

I would not let her jump or stand up, and I would put her on crate rest for now. With the problems that doxies can have with their spine, etal., be proactive.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-06-2014, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you both for you suggestions. I did some more research and from what I can gather, she seems to have a muscle strain. She's on crate rest and like you suggested, no jumping or activity that would strain the muscle even more. She seems to be feeling a little better today after being confined and carried everywhere. So I think we may have found our cure.
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