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Old August 18th, 2009, 09:30 PM
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Your first step should definitely be the vet visit. At 3.5 years of age, it isn't normal for a dog to have joint problems. You'll want to rule out dysplasias and diseases that can cause joint pain--are you in an area where there are ticks? Many of the tick-borne diseases can cause joint pain and are readily treatable with antibiotics.

If he does have joint problems, getting his weight down will help a lot. Glucosamine/chondriotin supplements may also help.

As for the flea baths--you can get topical treatments for fleas from your vet that will work much better than OTC flea meds/shampoos and not dry your dog's skin!
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