Q. I have a italuan mastiff he is 10 years old he has started to be slow in getting up 3 days ago he stopped using 1 hind leg it is tender at the knee
A. Restrict his activity to just walks to eliminate for a few days. Support him when he walks with a towel under his abdomen. Avoid excessive running, jumping or playing. If the tenderness does not subside, your veterinarian should see him. Rule out joint disease or arthritis as well as soft tissue or ligament injury. If your dog is overweight, get him on a weight loss diet with your vet's recommendation. Discuss joint supplements and antioxidant vitamins such as Vitamins A, C and E with your vet..