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Friend, the history and symptoms you are describing are consistent with arthritis of the hips. You see, it is common for the patient to feel better once they begin to walk as this will improve the discomfort that takes place following long periods of inactivity. To diagnose your dog will need a hands on examination by family veterinarian and xrays as initial screening test. In the meantime, I would begin to supplement with Cosequin (glucosamine) long term. Cosequin will help by promoting the production of joint fluid, it may take several weeks before seeing significant improvement. You can buy cosequin over the counter in any pet store or online; give at label dose. Finally, once he is seen by family veterinarian they may also start him on prescription anti inflammatory medication.
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