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   Dog injuries or old age?  

9/8/2011 11:55
Posted By:  - LEXINGTON, KY  
Date Posted: 9/8/2011 11:55
Lately I think I worry too much, but it seems by baby girl (dog) hit 7 years old and started falling apart. These may be naive questions, but she is my first dog.

She had an accident, still don't know what happened, in March resulting in a diagonally split canine tooth and 2nd shattered tooth. In total they extracted 4 teeth, including 2 others which were dead, all on the upper left side. She was already missing a bottom tooth. They cleaned her teeth while she was under, yet in the last 6 months she seems to have accumulated more tartar on the remaining teeth than she had in her first 7 years. Is this because she mainly chews on one side of her mouth now? Or because most of the teeth left are so small?

She also started having problems with her hip in July. Every once in a while when she got up she wouldn't put weight on it right away, but soon was walking and running on it.  The end of July we visited a friend for a few weeks, who lives on the 3rd floor of an apartment building, and every time she got up she had problems. I thought maybe it was not being used to the stairs. Since back home it has become less frequent, but still at least a few times a week. It doesn't see to hurt her when you touch it or rub it, but it takes her a long time after getting up to put weight on it. Some days she doesn't ever really seem to put as much weight on that foot and she is way more hesitant to jump. Could it really just be arthritis?

She is 7 1/2 years old and is a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. She has always been in great shape and very active, though she has slowed down over the last couple years.

Worried mom,

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