Q. Hello, golden retriever who is 7 years old; her 2 front legs are giving up on her, she cant do stairs/walking and she slips when she trys.

A. It is possible that arthritis, or even a nerve or joint issue in the front limbs is causing them to weaken and be hard to walk on. It is best to schedule a checkup with your vet to look for any more serious causes to the issue which may be treatable. Supplementation with a joint supplement may also help relieve any pain or swelling that may weaken the legs or make them harder to walk on. Until you can get to the vet, you may want to place a towel gently under your dog's chest to use as a sling when taking her out to the bathroom to make walking easier and preventing slipping and injury to the body when going in and out. Moving her objects such as food and water downstairs along with bedding and toys may also help to decrease the amount of stairs she needs to climb to get to these objects.

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