Shih Tzu just started crying non stop out of the blue now for days
by Steven K
(Tecumseh, On, Canada)
Just over a year old. She's been through 3 homes, we had her since last March (its now December). She just had a heat in October. She is a very playful and aggressive dog, but won't bite anyone. She plays hard though.
We work long days so we have our parents babysit her during the day and we pick her up after work every day. We play with her all the time but it is non stop attention she needs. Our parents walk her 2-3 times a day during the day.
Then all of a sudden we got a lot of snow and she LOVES to run around in the snow so we've been doing a lot of playing in the snow. One night she started crying, and she never cries. For some reason squeek toys would set her off and make her cry severely. Wouldn't stop all night no matter what. We took her to the vet, he couldn't find anything wrong with her and thought it was because of the snow hopping around, probably is sore or hurt her back.
He gave her a pain shot, and she quieted down right there, and was good for the most part that day. Now she is humping her toy (the one she's had since her original home) non stop, going into her crate on her own and staying there. She cries and whines at everything now. Even in the car ride home she used to be perfect, and now she she cries. I can't figure it out! But she absolutely is obsessed with this teddy bear. She takes it with her in to her crate. It is totally abnormal behavior. She just had a heat so what could it be? Stress?
It sounds as though your pup has had a lot of stresses and changes in her young life, and it's difficult to tell exactly what is causing the behavior you're describing right now.
It could be just one thing - perhaps she did hurt herself playing, this would account for the crying and the fact that she quietened down when given the pain shot. However, if it's stress-related, the relaxing effect of the pain shot could also have made her feel better for a short while.
The fact that she's recently been in season, and is obsessed with one particular soft toy, also suggests that she may be going through a 'phantom pregnancy', this happens sometimes in maiden dogs and results in hormone fluctuations similar to those seen in pregnant dogs. However, incessant crying isn't normally seen.
I would suggest that you have your vet examine her again to make sure that there isn't some underlying health issue that is causing her pain/discomfort/stress. If it is a pseudo-pregnancy her behavior will likely improve within 2 to 3 weeks without treatment. But if she starts to produce milk there could be problems as she will not be excreting it as she would when nursing, so again you would need to consult your vet.
It may even be that a combination of different factors are involved in her behavior.
I hope you can find out what is causing your pup distress and that she is feeling more settled soon.
Best of luck.