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1) Do you have a video showing what you're seeing?2) Has he had any diagnostics performed on his hips or back? X-rays?3) What breed of dog is he?4) Is he on any medication at this time?
At 8 years of age, the first step would be an examination and diagnostics like x-rays on his hips and back. Any senior dogs can develop arthritis and it can cause major issues with them walking. Most of the time having arthritic dogs started on canine-safe NSAIDs works very well to give them back the ability to ambulate normally and without pain. You can also look at starting joint supplements like glucosamine chondroitin.In a pinch, aspirin can be used to give relief to a painful pet as well. Aspirin does not come without risks of its own, so please be sure to read over the risks before dosing. More info here: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/aspirin-for-dogs/
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