Originally Posted by shanshan
My dog has osteoarthritis and for the past year has had joint issues but could walk around, get up and down okay. The past couple days, however, I have come home from work to find her lying down and she could not get up
Has she seen a vet recently? Is she on pain and anti-inflammatory medication? Joint supplements? CBD oil? Is she being treated to help improve mobility and reduce pain? If not, getting her to a vet needs to be a priority so that she has a better quality of life and maybe she'll be able to get around better.
You should also child-proof your home.
Is there a doggy day care place in your area where she can be monitored while you're at work?
I purchased a couple of security cameras so that I can check up on my dogs while away. They're $40.00 and you can use an app to move the camera angle and even talk to your dog. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Combine medical treatment so that she can get back to moving around, with cameras to regularly check up on her.
However, if she doesn't regain mobility she really does need to be personally monitored at all times so that she doesn't suffer from a fall she can't get up from.
You have to work so that makes it a big challenge, but she shouldn't be alone.
I have a senior foster dog right now and her quality of life has improved a lot since she got on medication to help her pain and swollen joints. She's also significantly happier. She literally has a bounce in her step when she's excited. She's young at heart and her medication helps her enjoy life a lot more.
If she's already on a treatment plan then maybe you should re-visit the vet and explore other treatment that may work better for her. Good luck!
Also, I looked online and found a video made by a vet and he was showing how to massage those achy joints and get fluid moving around again. You can do a bit of physical therapy at home for her.