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What state do you live in?
Have you had him since he was a puppy?
Does he now, or has he ever had tick exposure?
Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.
Since he did have a tick infestation a few months ago, I would give your vet a call in the morning and ask them to test him for tick borne illnesses. Things like Lyme, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia and even RMSF can present with these stiff joints and lethargy.
I don't feel like you need to rush him to an emergency vet today, but I would absolutely give your regular vet a call and ask them about those tests.
I do understand that finances might not allow for you to have further testing, but There are some organizations that might be able to help. If you'll follow these links: http://www.speakingforspot.com/helppayingforveterinarycare.html , http://www.theamericandogmag.com/non-profit/resources-veterinary-bills-financial-assistance, you'll find dozens and dozens of organizations that may be able to help pay for you to take your dog to the vet. Also, there are some clinics who offer free exams and other treatments and require that you only pay for medications. If you'll follow this link: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer , you can see if there is one in your area.
I hope this helps