|Barked: Tue Oct 25, '05 7:28am PST |
Just talking to my cousin, whose beautiful chocolate lab is starting to deteriorate in health. He is 11 now, and has a type of dementia thing, but he has had a lot of trouble on stairs and walking since he was about 9 or 10.
This always worries me, because I am not looking forward to this with Takiah!! Now, I realize there can be huge differences, depending on the dog, the breed, and the size, but on average, at what age did you guys notice your dogs started to `slow down` a little. Not really serious, just a the usual aging thing
Takiah is almost 8 years old now, but so far she seems the same as when she was younger. She is still easily able to run 40 miles a week, she has quick reflexes, and she still has her `hypers` most days where she goes nuts and runs around the yard with her butt low barking and growling!! The only small thing I have noticed is sometimes when she stands up from lying down her first few steps are a little stiff.
When should I expect to see her really slow down, and is it usually a sudden thing, or a very gradual one? I know it is hard to generalize, but what are your experiences?
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