The big Boxer in my Avi is Dempsy. He is 12--old for a Boxer. He is and has been a great dog and a great friend.
He started having trouble on the hardwoods this year. His hips are narrow and he has arthritis. His hind legs just slip out from under him like he's doing the splits. We put down temporary carpet all over and that helped for a while. Now he can't really negotiate stairs anymore so I have to carry him up and down stairs. He is already on pain/arthritis meds.
I have him scheduled for a Vet appointment Saturday but I suspect I am going to hear nothing short of a full hip replacement will help. We are probably not prepared to do this at his age as he is already living on about 4 years of borrowed time for a Boxer. I think soon he isn't going to be able to be able to relieve himself properly or walk at all.
Anyone deal with something like this or have any thoughts or experiences to share?