Q. My eight year old shepard mix dog moans all the time. Is it just old age or arthitis?

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A. Discuss your concerns with your veterinarian. A complete physical exam and basic diagnostics (bloodwork, xrays), may diagnose the cause of the moaning. It may be arthritic pain but that is not a reason for euthanasia in most cases. Depending on the severity, it is very manageable with pain management, joint protecting supplements and/or alternative therapies such as acupuncture or laser therapy.

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