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Almost 15-year-old Lab is having difficulty getting up

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Almost 15-year-old Lab is...

Almost 15-year-old Lab is having difficulty getting up because his back legs are weak and wobbly. Once he is up, he walks fine.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name?

Rudy.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Rudy?

He's otherwise very healthy, alert, good appetite

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago
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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.

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago

Is Rudy on any medication at this time?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
No meds right now.
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
no, thanks.
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago

It's very common for Labs to have arthritis set in as they age and Rudy is quite the elderly boy. He'd be roughly 105 years in age if he were a human.

If he is not already on a joint supplement, I would recommend starting one. My favorite are http://www.glycoflex.com products. At home, you can administer aspirin if no other medications are being given. Dosing info is available here: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/aspirin-for-dogs/ I would also recommend talking to your vet about using canine-safe NSAID therapy as well as pain medication therapy, such as rimadyl combined with tramadol, to offer the most relief from discomfort and help with the weak and wobbly state you witness at home. This should help make the transition between laying down and standing a much more smooth.

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 9 months ago

Checking in. How is Rudy?

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