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It sounds like Annie has two different problems that you are asking about- limping and itchy skin.
First for the limping- the most common cause of lameness in old dogs is arthritis. This is treatable with a variety of medications that your regular veterinarian can prescribe. There are not really any effective pain medications over-the-counter for dogs and many of them are poisonous. Other causes include cancer, torn ligaments in the knees and elbows, and blown disks in the back.
For the itchy skin- it could be allergies, a wound, or something deep under the skin that is painful like a rib injury or tumor. A thorough examination is necessary to determine the cause of the itchiness.
What other questions do you have? How else can I help?
Kansas State University,
College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2001
How is Annie this evening? Is she still limping? How is her itchy skin? Do you have any more questions for me?