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1) He will not walk willingly, but will get up to urinate and defecate. Does he then return to laying down? 2) What breed of dog is he? 3) Is he on any medication? 4) Any history of illness or injury?5) Any signs of pain such as panting, vocalizing, tenderness when touched? 6) Any vomiting or diarrhea?
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My concern with your description of the situation is that your companion may be dealing with some joint discomfort. At his age, it would be wise to start him on a glucosamine supplement such as these: https://www.amazon.com/H3-Essentials-Glucosamine-Dogs-Supplement/dp/B00KLL2BH8I would recommend opting to have him examined and x-rays performed and canine-safe NSAIDs administered +/- pain medication, as needed. Failing this, instructions are below for home treatment.In a pinch aspirin can be given to dogs that are uncomfortable that have no other illnesses of which we're aware. You can find that information available here: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/aspirin-for-dogs/
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