Hello! I will preface that our Jasper, a 12 year old Siberian Husky / Malamute mix, is seeing a Vet for this issue. I thought I might post and see if there are other viewpoints.
For the past 7-9 months, Jasper has had some issues sitting or laying down, but no issues actually getting up. He's slipped on the floor a couple of times, but nothing injurious. Within the past 2-3 months, it has been getting a bit worse. From all appearances it simply seemed to be "old joints possibly the start of arthritis". His vet started him off with glucosamine supplements, and those did not prove effective. They also tried Welactin (omega 3) supplements, and those did not work either. We scheduled him for XRays to be done today. Two days ago, he had extreme issues being able to rise. His back legs just refused to carry him, he panicked and it just looped worse. He refused water and food and was not able to move around, so we took him to emergency care. We had to carry him in. They gave him anti-inflammatory injections, a pain med injection, and he was not only able to leave the emergency vet under his own power, he was physically pulling hard at the lead. We were given Rimadyl tablets, and when given the next day, he was still able to walk around on his own, if a little stiff legged.
He went in for xrays today. They found no evidence of arthritis, or anything else untoward that an xray could show. The xrays are being sent to specialists for further examination.
Two different vets (his regular vet and the emergency vet) both had felt his hips, legs, elbows and both said that his hips seemed to be the things that he was feeling most tender with. As long as he stays on the carprofen/rimadyl, he seems to be able to get around mostly fine, if stiff legged, as noted. He will not run or do zoomies like he used to, though.
His vet and the vet tech today were really puzzled after seeing nothing on the xrays that would indicate the weakness in his legs that seems to be somewhat relieved by anti-inflammatories. Something with his muscles or tendons could be a possibility, but I would have thought something like that would affect one limb, not both equally.
We await the specialist to come back with their analysis of the xrays, but I would love to hear other sorts of things it possibly could be ... perhaps some advice on things to look out for that we could suggest to his vet or look for.