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My 13 year old male Chow Husky mix has begun to pee in the

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My 13 year old male Chow Husky mix has begun to pee in the house, has trouble getting up (hind legs split apart), has a crusty build up on one nostril, which seems to cause him to breath heavy, and has begun to loss his hearing. Is it just old age setting, should I take him to local vet?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 months ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 months ago.

I am sorry to learn he is not feeling well. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. 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 drinking more than usual?

2- Any pre existing medical conditions?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No, not drinking more water, no previous conditions
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 months ago.

Thank you for answering my questions. Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Ok Thanks
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 months ago.

Friend, the symptoms that you are describing in your dog are secondary to medical conditions commonly seen in older dogs. So, you are right it is part of getting older. The weakness or splitting of the back legs is commonly seen when the patient has advanced arthritis of the back legs, spine or a combination of both. Him urinating in the house is very likely because he is reluctant to use his back legs to go outside; this is a common behavior with dogs that have arthritis.

The discharge in the nostril could be secondary to a localized infection, a foreign body, lumps, etc. to name a few causes.

In response to your question, I would strongly recommend a hands-on examination with a veterinarian. I know it must be difficult for you seeing him like this; but, we have really good prescription arthritis medication that will help him regain much of the function that he is losing in his back legs. In addition, your vet may need to start him on antibiotics for his nostril. In the meantime, you can begin to supplement him with Cosequin (glucosamine), you can buy this over the counter in any pet store, give at label dose. Flush and clean his nostril with warm water and a moist gauze or cloth. Additional treatments will be based on exam and test results by your veterinarian. If cost is a concern I would look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Dr. Peter