I think it said on the fb page that she was on prednisone for a little while. Was she doing better on the prednisone? It would tend to decrease inflammation and might help her neck feel better so she could move better.
Just wondering if the reason she is lying down so much is maybe because it is uncomfortable or painful for her to sit up at the moment? I don't know. Sometimes anti-inflammatory meds or muscle relaxers help. Sometimes rest helps, but sometimes sensible light activity helps restore things. That may be why the vet recommended hydrotherapy.
I think different dogs show pain differently. Some of them will whine and cry and tremble. Some will become quiet and withdrawn and kind of hide it and keep it in.
Here is a list of signs of pain in dogs from the AKC.
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/healt ... s-in-pain/ wrote:
The most obvious signs
of pain in dogs include:
- Increased breathing rate.
More subtle signs
- Increased heart rate
- Reduced appetite
- Reluctance to move
I contacted Nancy at Walkin' Wheels to see if she knows of any adjustment on the wheelchair to make it easier for a dog with a problem in the neck or between the shoulders. Will see what she recommends. She'll probably know if there is anything that can be done to improve that. I think you might have been right to keep her out of it, at the point where you weren't sure it was helping. But it would be easier on you if there is a way to make it work.
Your dog is lucky. You got her a wheelchair, a sports cart, a swimming tank, a flotation vest, a special bed, and even a cold laser. I don't know how many of your friends or neighbors have cared for a 60-lb down dog for 7 months, but I did it with my golden retriever, Merlin, who started out at 63 lbs when he went down. I lived alone and was 52 at the time with a previous back problem. I had to be really careful every day how I did anything with him. I dislocated a rib, rotated vertebrae, and messed up the SI joint, among other things. I found that taking Aleve took the edge off, and I wish I had tried it sooner. When you talk about aches and arthritis and your back, I believe you.
EDIT TO ADD: If she's had any kind of bite (even a small one) or puncture wound in the skin where it is squishy-crunchy, that could be a useful clue.