|Barked: Thu Nov 8, '12 6:06am PST |
|Trigger will be 8 in March, and he runs with me pretty regularly. He's got some joint issues due to lyme disease but keeping active seems to actually help him keep mobile and pain free. He missed last hunting season entirely because he was hurting so bad, but this year we've been out tons and he's had no problems running and and keeping up all day long.
That said, he doesn't weigh anywhere close to 100lbs. When conditioned to the core he *maybe* pushes 75. Off season weight is more like 70. I would definitely not run an 8 year old Lab who weighed 100lbs. Walking or swimming, anything very low impact would be your best bet. It's not an issue of can you, as I'm sure he'd likely go along with the activity, it's an issue of should you. The unseen damage you'd be doing could be devastating.
And that's not to say he should never run around. Retrieving on natural turf for short stints, him going at his own pace, while offering lots of water could be great for his mind and body.....but going for miles on tar or pavement, the repetitive motion, at your set pace, heck even just going around the block that way, would very likely be damaging for him based on the way he's built and the age he is.
It would not be worth the risk to me.
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