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Does she seem to move easier once she is up and moving?
Is she on any medication?
Has her vet ever mentioned hip dysplasia to you?
Would you say she is very overweight?
You might want to try glucosamine chondroitin (a supplement) and see if that helps her along with deramaxx. These you would get from a vet. Many senior foods contain glucosamine now, so check her food to see if that is in her food. You can read about this here:
Buffered aspirin can be given to a dog with a dosage of up to 5-10 mg per pound every 12 hours for pain. Keep in mind that a dog's body does not metabolize aspirin in the same way as a human and thus should not be given more than a day or two without contacting your Vet. The aspirin may need to clear your dog’s system before other medications can be given, so keep that in mind if you decide to give aspirin and be sure and tell your vet when your dog is seen. Some owners will use aspirin twice a week to help avoid problems with side effects. Read side effects and precautions here.
Aspirin can not be used full time so you will need to see the vet and ask about deramaxx for your girl.
You might want to consider Adequan which is injected and said to have some great results in restoring mobility of the joint.
And if the condition is extremely severe, surgery might be warranted. Surgery might include just clearing out debris from the joint, or repairing the joint by rebuilding parts and fusing bone or in some cases whole joints are replaced with artificial joints. With finances an issue, this is probably not an option.
Some owner elect to start using braces to help keep the joint immobile. You can see braces here:
There have been some interesting results in using stem cells in the treatment of canine arthritis. You can read about this here and talk to your vet about this possible treatment for your dog.
Now there are some places that give new customers a free office visit so this might be a way of getting your girl seen to verify it is arthritis. There are also other organizations that might help financially. I'm listing these below.
Quick application and approval for care credit card. You can sometimes apply and get approval while you are at the vet office.
LabMed: Rx For Rescued Labs
This site may have additional resources as well.
These vets may offer a free initial visit though you may have to pay for extra procedures and medications. See the next one for the coupons.
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Since there have been recalls on certain foods, please check the following site to be sure the food your animals eat is not affected. If it is affected, contact your vet as soon as possible. Have your dog seen if they have any symptoms. http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/