Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern for Pharaoh.
Tanya, yes, I would be suspicious either for more advanced arthritis (not early arthritis). It only seems early because maybe there haven't been any major symptoms until now.
Another concern is for some spinal problems like a disc herniation in the spine, which can definitely impact the function of the hindlegs.
Walks, for now, should be short a few blocks at most, until consulting your vet. Yes, there are definitely supplements, non-steoridal anti-inflammatory drugs, and pain medicine that may help a lot!
A few common medications prescribed by vets (not all options,but many of the most common choices): NSAIDS,RimadylDeramaxxMetacam
Currently, one of my favorite joint support supplements on the market is Dasuquin or Cosequin. Here is some more information about it. Many veterinarians and clients have observed that after a few months on a quality joint support product, they can often reduce the dose of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications there pets may already be taking. A supplement can take several weeks to observe benefit, so it is important additional anti-inflammatory or pain medications are used in the meantime. Product Information about Dasuquin / Cosequin
Also, an incredible clinically tested food to help with joint problems is J/D. J/D Diet
Another supplement to review would be Adequan injections for joint health. These injections are also quite popular and have helped many pets with arthritic disease. Adequan injections
Supplements can take several weeks to help, so I would immediately discuss with your vet about starting at least a non-steroidal medication, as that could have the quickest impact for Pharaoh.
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