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07 Feb 2004

is this arthritis or nerve damage?
Haven't yet had thorough investigation but on brief look our vet says our 6 year old overweight dog seems to have arthritis. He used to be very active but has become lazy, and sits down at every possibly opportunity. Sometimes he barks to attract our attention when he is sitting as he seems to want to come to us. We usually go to him, give him a cuddle, maybe rub his back and hips, and he gets up and walks with us. Do you think he has us "well-trained", or is there a medical reason for him having difficulty getting up? He "calls" us in the same way when he has had enough of his regular paddle on our swimming pool step although there are two shallow steps which he can use to get out. By the way, should I encourage him to swim properly more, to help his condition? H used to swim properly a lot, but now he just paddles.
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01 Jan 0001

Being overweight, arthritis is the most likely. However, obesity also leads to laziness. Your vet will need to examine the dog thoroughly to distinguish arthritis from nerve damage. Most importantly, if the dog is overweight it must lose weight. Full stop. Swimming can certainly assist, also with the weight loss.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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