Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
I would take him to the vet. Our dog had a fused spine, arthritis and a bad knee and we had her on rimadyl for the pain. It made a huge difference as to the quality of her life although people often recommend this as a last resort as it can be hard on the kidneys or liver I believe.
Basically for us it was that our dog was most likely going to die/be euthanised before the medication would have any serious effects.
Gentle exercise can be good for dogs with arthritis, however if it is painful for him to get around I would definitely be making an appointment with the vet.
Also try and keep your dog at a healthy (even a bit on the lean side) weight. Any excess weight is going to compound the situation and it makes me sad when I see old overweight pets struggling along.
We got two more years out of our girl before she had to be put down.