Q. I have a 12 year old newfoundland/irish setter. He's been having a hard time getting up on his back legs. I imagine that there is some drug that would

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A. It sounds like your dog may have some arthritis and age related changes in his joints. There are lots of options for improving his quality of life by decreasing pain. Acupuncture, anti inflammatories and pain medication can all help. Rimadyl is a commonly used anti inflammatory that would be a good place to start.

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