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When dogs are painful in the back, hips or knees, it's not uncommon for us to see that they will wait until they absolutely must go to the bathroom to take the opportunity. I would not be too worried yet since he is still eating and drinking well. With time, he will likely go to the bathroom. If he does not, I would be more concerned about his reduced kidney function being to blame and have him checked by a vet. The stress of travel can also have a lot to do with symptoms in an older dog like Rusty. Certainly ensure that these next few days are for rest and recovery. The beach walks may simply be too much for him. You may wish to talk to your vet in the near future about adding a joint supplement, if he isn't on one, such as glucosamine chondroitin. You can also use a heating pad set to low and wrapped in a towel to place over his hips and alternate its location every 30 minutes or so. Make sure to check this area often so that it doesn't end up being too warm against his skin.
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Yes, try to move him inside. Once on the ground, you can use a towel or sheet to sling his hips and help him walk. If he needs it, give it. He needs something to keep him comfortable.
How is Rusty doing today?