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He is almost 8. he has a fat mass on 1 hind leg,now both of

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he is almost 8. he has a fat mass on 1 hind leg,now both of his hind legs ,he has a hard time going up 2 steps and trouble just walking. he is an inside dog.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: he doesnt seem to be in pain just cant walk right?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

1) Do you have a video showing what you're seeing?
2) Has he had any diagnostics performed on his hips or back? X-rays?
3) What breed of dog is he?
4) Is he on any medication at this time?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
no,no,cocker spaniel and no medications.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
how much longer? thanks
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

At 8 years of age, the first step would be an examination and diagnostics like x-rays on his hips and back. Any senior dogs can develop arthritis and it can cause major issues with them walking. Most of the time having arthritic dogs started on canine-safe NSAIDs works very well to give them back the ability to ambulate normally and without pain. You can also look at starting joint supplements like glucosamine chondroitin.

In a pinch, aspirin can be used to give relief to a painful pet as well. Aspirin does not come without risks of its own, so please be sure to read over the risks before dosing. More info here:

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
you told me nothing. thanks anyway.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

What other help are you looking for? I've given you both information on what to do for your companion medically with your vet AND, alternately, what to do at home. If you can tell me what other assistance I can give you, I may be better able to help.