Elderly labrador

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Hello all.  I have a 12-year-old female chocolate Labrador weighs around 30kg.  For the past 3/4 years, she has suffered with her back legs and the vets advised it was arthritis.  She also has pancreatitis, and 2 years ago she suffered from some form of neck/back seizure.

She is a very energetic dog and loves being out, usually 2 half hour walks and one hour walk a day, we like to keep it the same.  Up until a couple of days ago, she seemed to be the same as always, stiff when waking but after an early walk was ok.  But now she is having problems sitting, its as if she cant bend her back leg.  Also when having a bowel movement she releases a little bit then jumps up and moves away to do a bit more.

She is on Yumove and one 120mg Carprodyl daily (Vet’s advice) and also has a memory foam bed.  I am trying to find out if there is anything more I can be doing for her to help, she doesn’t appear to be in pain like she did with pancreatitis or neck/back pain.





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She is a perfect weight for her height according to the vet, she is a tall choc lab, but she is heavier at the front so I guess she is using these muscles more to compensate for the back leg.

I would try and get her weight down, keeping them slightly under their ideal weight reduces pressure on joints.  Look at gradually decreasing her weight by around 5%, so about 1.5kg off and see if that helps.  My collie has an ideal weight of around 18kg but keeping her below 17.5kg improves her mobility a lot.  When judging weight go by the look and feel of the dog not weight charts or height charts.  I don’t have any images on my computer at the moment but if you search for dog body scoring charts it will bring some up to show you what you are looking for.

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