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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Is he currently on any medications?
2- Has he been seen by a veterinarian for this problem?
Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.
Friend, the chattering of the teeth could be a sign of pain. The fact that he is stiff and having difficulty getting up it is very likely he is suffering from arthritis. There could be other causes like weakness as a result of a systemic disease like: Tumors, kidney or liver disease, etc.
I would recommend you have him checked by family veterinarian, if his symptoms are related to arthritis he could benefit from the use of arthritis medication like Rimadyl. I would not put him to sleep without giving him the benefit of the medication. Some dogs do really well once they start the medication. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.
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