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1- Any other symptoms?
2- Is she arching her back?
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Friend, the symptoms and history you are describing are consistent with arthritis of the hips, spine or a combination of both. I would recommend you start her on a supplement called Cosequin (glucosamine) long term. Cosequin helps by promoting the production of joint fluid; it may take several weeks on it before you see significant improvement. You can buy cosequin online, pet store or vet's office. I would also recommend discussing with your vet about starting her long term on a medication called rimadyl; this is a pain killer and anti inflammatory medication. I believe once she is on Cosequin and Rimadyl you will see a significant improvement in her symptoms.
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