Dogs and cats can suffer neck pain from staining muscles of developing disk problems in the spine. This kind of neck pain is more common in dogs than in cats, with mastiffs, Doberman pinschers, and other large-breed dogs affected most often. They'll hold their heads stiffly and won't want to lift their faces-they may look like they're shy or depressed and cry out with pain when they move the wrong way. Neck pain often will make pets stop eating because it hurts to reach the food bowl. There are serious diseases that can cause neck pain. An animal who has neck pain lasting more lasting more than a few hours should be taken to the veterinarian the same day. If the pain is accompanied by a fever, get it the vet right away. Neck pain from disk problems usually isn't an emergency, but it won't bet better without medical attention, and it could pet much worse, even causing paralysis.