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Our dog Katie is ten years old and seems to be getting a

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Our dog Katie is ten years old and seems to be getting a little stiff in her hind legs. She still runs and plays. My grown son insists that when she makes herself comfortable in the pillows on the couch that she should never have her hind legs hanging down the side of the pillow. He cannot give me any justification for this theory but it is causing a lot of friction between us. I believe she should be able to make herself comfortable, but he drags her off the couch if he thinks her legs are not in in a good position. Please help us settle this once and for all. Thanks.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am currently not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread.

Friend, if Katie is becoming stiff this is likely a sign of arthritis. As you may already know arthritis is inflammation in the joints. If she has position herself with her legs slightly hanging off the pillow this will not create any pressure on the hip joints, she should be fine. Allow her to position herself the best way she finds comfort. Finally, if you haven't already I would start her on a supplement called Cosequin (glucosamine) long term, this will help by promoting the production of joint fluid. You can buy this over the counter in your local pet store or online, give at label dose.

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