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Thanks for your question today, JACustomer.Is this dog taking any medications?Any prior history of injury to his back end?
Have any x-rays been performed on his hips and rear legs to see if there are any boney abnormalities present?
Do you have a picture of what you're seeing?From the statement earlier that he was able to walk normally after you took him to bed, it sounded like the knee issue had resolved.
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Are you seeing any limping when he walks or does he just appear sunken down in the back end?
It sounds like you're dealing with arthritis here, but it may be time to add in some pain medication as well to help with the discomfort. NSAIDs like meloxicam can only do so much. Once they reach a point of having their back legs go out while performing daily activities, we have to upgrade our medical care for them to compensate. With this said, there's unlikely to be much you can do this evening side from apply some ice packs surrounded by a towel to the hips and knees. This may help alleviate some of the discomfort in both through the course of the night.Although I cannot watch him walk, based on the first picture I must warn you that it sounds like his time may be drawing near. Once we have to resort to pain medication, the downhill coasting is a gradual but continual one. The day may come where he's unable to rise on his own (you can help support his back end by slinging a towel under his waist and holding him up as he walks).
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