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Posted by: Paulina | 2008-11-10

Old Lab

i have a male lad, who is very old, 10 years old to be exact
his hind legs have given in on him, he struggles to walk, he is not overweight at all, but can not walk that well, he basically lies down most of the day
i just wanna know is he in pain being like this, he doesn' t look like it and is other wise very healthy, but its bothering me
thanks for your help

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Dear Pauline

Time for a visit to the vet.

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Posted by: Chill | 2008-11-10

Just as background - it' s likely to be either an arthritic condition, which might include dysplasia, or a spinal problem which means that basically, messages from the brain to the hindquarters aren' t getting through- look up Degenerative Myelopathy if you want more info.

The first of the two is likely to be uncomfortable if not painful, but quite a bit can be done about pain management, so don' t get too depressed up front. The second isn' t really curable (there are a few theories around) but the good news is that it' s not at all painful.

Good luck - let us know what the vet said!

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Posted by: butch | 2008-11-10

Please take your labby to the vet - he will explain what is best to be done - do not make him suffer if he cannot walk

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