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Q. It is winter in Wisconsin - my black lab within 24 hours went from running to having difficulty moving her hind quaraters - she can walk but very slow

Answered By
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

A. It is very possible that she is developing a hip condition (hip dysplasia), it is a very common condition in older big dogs and is also related to age and weight. It could also be some other kind of arthritis, and cold usually makes arthritis worst. If she keeps on like this you will need to go to the vet, she might need anti inflammatories at least for a short while.

Answered By
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS

A. Arthrosis and arthritis usually get wear during winter / cold weather. Hip arthritis is a major differential in her case.

I would recommend to Take her to your veterinarian for a check up and possibly some pain relief/ antiinflammatories medications. Radiographs would help to identify signs of arthritis/ arthrosis.


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