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Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. I'm very sorry to hear about your situation with this guy. My name is***** and I've been a veterinarian for 15 years. Did they take x-rays to diagnose the arthritis? Is he able to get up at all and walk around when he wants too?
When he was diagnosed with arthritis before, was he on mediation at that time that helped? Did this current situation come on quickly? The reason I'm asking these questions is that I'm always trying to look at all possibilities. Could this be a neuromuscular issue?
I'm going to be very honest here and say that his situation has me pretty concerned. If he's had the arthritis for quite a few years and was doing ok with it and then suddenly deteriorated, something else may be going on. Did the vet find any specific areas of pain on their exam? Did they feel that a front leg or a back leg was the bigger issue? Arthritis shouldn't affect an appetite. Those dogs that have severe arthritis to the point that they are immobile typically will still be very alert mentally and be very good with their appetite.
That is better that he's eating. I'm still very concerned with his not being mobile. Honestly, there could be something more than arthritis here. Could there be a disk issue that is causing pressure on his spinal cord? Could he have a stroke to his spinal cord? Is he able to move his legs while he's on his side? He just can't get up?
That is good that he's able to move all his legs like that! I was worried that he couldn't move one or more. Could more pain management be needed here? Tramadol is another oral pain medication that could be started up as well as gabapentin. You could ask your vet about these. Some will do acupuncture to help too. There are harnesses available to help support them to walk to allow them to gain confidence.
I can't say I know of any specifically. Maybe your vet could give you some guidance there. The harness is something that can be a challenge to get on. Maybe a towel in the groin can help support him enough.
I'm hoping for the best here. Talk to your vet about adding in those additional pain medications and see if they know of any accupuncturists locally.