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    Default My dog has become a peanut roller.

    To start with she is a 14 year old great pyreneese which is pretty old for the breed.

    But as of late she olds her head down (way down) 98% of the time she is up. I don't think she has raied her head to the verticale in a week at least.

    Does this signal that she is in pain or is that just what old dogs do?
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    It's not just what old dogs do. I would suspect that she's got some issue in her neck that's causing her pain. Time for a vet visit.



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    Vet! That's not normal and there are a variety of differentials (the technical term is "cervical ventroflexion" if you feel up to some googling), some of which are quite serious. Try not to manipulate his neck at all, and try to keep him from moving it.



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    She's been walking around with her nose almost on the ground and hasn't raised her head in a week and you are just now questioning whether that is normal? Sounds like a vet visit is needed asap. Poor girl.



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    I have been watching her for the past few days.
    I think her eyes are bad.
    When she needs to step up she raises her head to see where to put her foot - I don't think she can see where she steps unless here eyes are half a foot from the nest step and when your nose is four inches long well...
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    When the old jack started losing her vision, she started carrying her head low. Her neck is perfectly fine, she will raise it no problem for treats, and still has no issues kill shaking her stuffies.

    Cervical arthritis can cause minor pain, which is certainly possible in older dogs. Getting a vet appt to test out her eyes and manipulate her neck may not be a bad idea to ensure she is not in any pain.



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    Definitely NOT normal aging. I doubt that she needs to see where to put her feet any more than a young dog needs to do so.

    Could be a ruptured disk or other pressure on the cervical spine. You should get it checked out asap and let us know what the vet says!



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