My Libby is 40lb, or was, she's around 38lb. now. She romps and plays and runs and has absolutely no signs of slowing down, and she's 10 1/3!
I agree with the above poster who said Dakota is quite young to be having this much pain and discomfort. She seems to be an active dog otherwise, from the photos I've seen.
I'd advise a vet visit - and see what they recommend. She could actually be having spinal issues.
We started using Next Level glucosamine formula for our older Dachshund who had back issues when he was alive, and he never had another back issue while he lived.
We now use Next Level with Ruger (elbow dysplasia) and senior fosters we have here.
It is labeled for horses AND dogs, and on the back is a dog dosage chart.
Farnam® Next Level Equine Joint Fluid is recommended to support healthy joint and hip function. For all classes of horses and dogs.
Active Ingredients: Glucosamine Sulfate (shellfish): 5000 mg, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): 1750 mg, Bromelain: 37 mg, Ascorbic Acid (Ester-C): 30 mg, Chondroitin Sulfate (shark cartilage): 14.5 mg, Mussel: 3.5 mg
Artificial flavors, calcium ascorbate (preservative), caramel color, corn syrup, FD&C red #40, glycerin, potassium sorbate, propionic acid (preservative), water, and xanthan gum.
Directions for Use:
For horses: Give 2 fl. oz. per day for the first 10 days, then 1 fl. oz. per day thereafter
For dogs: Give 1/4 oz. per 40 lb. of body weight