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Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?1) Is Lauren on any medication? 2) Any difficulty walking when she's up and moving? 3) Any hesitation to jump on furniture?
It sounds like she may be experiencing some arthritis. At her age, that's not unexpected. I would recommend scheduling her an exam with your veterinarian and talking to them about using some NSAIDs on her, at least for a trial, to see how they help her. Your vet may wish to go with something like meloxicam or rimadyl for a few days. Typically, we see a vast improvement almost overnight in dogs if discomfort was originally the issue.X-rays are not a bad idea at this time to check for changes in her spine, hips and joints which might be contributing to the collapses that you're seeing. Depending on the diagnosis, other medications may be indicated, as well.
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