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Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?1) Where on the body was he injured? 2) Is he on any medications for hip health/joint discomfort?
What meds are being given currently? Please provide the name of the medication, milligram, how much and how often it's given.How much does he weigh?
Excellent.He's on appropriate medications to help him avoid discomfort with his hips. If needed, your vet can try different pain medications like gabapentin. That said, his difficulty rising may well be age-related and not something that can be treated with medication. This is fairly commonplace for senior dogs, especially giant breeds. On top of this, it doesn't sound like he's painful but just having difficulty orienting his legs. In these cases, we typically recommend that owners purchase a sling like this to help hoist them into a standing position so that they can walk to move around, go potty, etc.Here's an example: http://www.k9carts.com/walkabout-rear-harness?ibp-adgroup=adwords&ibp-keyword=&ibp-matchtype=&ibp-custom=1o2&gclid=CjwKEAjwpqq6BRC99aKUkaSjuDsSJAC0pNTV0JqN5LL0DNdzrwqpG36lSJqK1y2hw7AjQEIgwaT9JRoCAJ3w_wcB
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I wouldn't say it's "stronger" but works in a different manner and is usually used in the more advanced cases of discomfort.I expect the injury to his muscles probably has a lot to do with his inability to rise at this time. Hopefully after he's fully healed (can take 6 weeks or so), he will be able to rise again without assistance.Please take the time to use the star rating system at the top of the page to leave a rating for me. Until this is done, the website will not compensate me for helping you.
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