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I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Ollie.
Has he been getting stiff and slow in recent weeks?
Is he licking at his paw or joints of the forelimb?
Would he allow you to check his front limb all over for e.g. an ingrown claw, grazed pad, swollen joint or area of tenderness?
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Mobility issues at this age in a Golden Retriever are often linked to arthritis, which can flare up after excess exercise or with weather changes. We'd also consider a muscle strain, claw injury or similar.
Hopefully the vet was able to make a diagnosis and perhaps prescribe some anti inflammatories and pain relief.
If rest was advised, avoid steps or jumps and stick to short lead walks for toileting purposes only.
At this age, we'd recommend keeping him lean and it is sensible to start on some joint supplements which can prevent arthritis progression to some degree.
If there is anything else, please let me know.
Wishing Ollie all the best.