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Dear Dr. My approx 14 yr old dog is a husky shepard mix.

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Dear Dr.
My approx 14 yr old dog is a husky shepard mix. He seems to have deteriorated quite quickly over the course of the last two months. He recently (about 3 weeks ago) began having problems with his front legs - getting up stairs is difficult and he sometimes takes 5-10 tries to get up a short flight of stairs . Have tried a ramp and he doesn't like it at all.
Additionally, he wanders around all day in the house looking for somewhere to be comfortable, panting and breathing heavily. I think it's because it's hard for him to push off his front legs to get up so he avoids laying down. This happens at night as well. He has no history of heart issues and is eating normally, although his appetite in the mornings is somewhat decreased. I don't know what to do and hate to see him distressed. Please help.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 1 year ago.
Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

From your description, I'm very suspicious that Atticus is in pain, likely from Osteoarthritis, which is very common in elderly large breed dogs. The difficulty getting up the stairs further reinforces my suspicion, and I'd strongly suggest having your veterinarian prescribe some anti-inflammatory medicines, and you can start a joint supplement such as Dasuquin or Glyco-Flex (available online without prescription).

I suspect that the use of an appropriate pain medicine will greatly lessen the severity of Atticus' signs of discomfort.

Please let me know if any of this information is unclear, or you need additional assistance!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I suppose I should have mentioned that Atticus in on Rima dyl (100 mg daily) and has been for sometime for his hip dysplasia and also takes a Chondroitin Glucosamin supplement daily. Should I talk to my vet about upping his dosage on the Rimadyl? Last blood tests in March came back fine (they test annually to see if he has any organ deterioration from taking Rimadyl).


Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 1 year ago.
Increasing the Rimadyl dosage is only possibly up to a certain point; 100mg daily is an adequate dose for a dog weighing 50-60 pounds, so if Atticus weighs more than that, a dose increase might be an option.

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