|Barked: Sat Jul 9, '11 5:18am PST |
|Tyson is only 8 and has started feeling more, well, old this year. He is much more stiff and just within the last week has snapped at our kids 3 times. The 2 times with my daughter were one after another because she was harassing him; shoving him around, won't get out of his face, etc. The time with my son, I think he thought our son was going to step on his bad leg. I'm planning on calling the vet after the weekend and talking about starting pain management for his arthritis as we knew it was just a matter of time.
Tyson has lost some weight and that was partially from switching him from all-ages dog food to higher quality puppy food (large). The puppy food had the same calories but higher protein and he seems to be doing fine on it.
He's getting gray on his face and I'm not just talking a little. His profile picture was taken only last year and if I took a new pic today he would look like he had aged years.
Now, one thing that I'm planning on doing that I have been a bad parent about is taking him for walks. I think it will actually help both of us to lose weight and try to get better conditioning. Like Tyson, I have arthritis, diagnosed three years ago at 30. There are days when it hurts to get out of bed much less go for a walk, so I can definitely relate to our aged pups. As we are both starting walks from scratch we're following a schedule from this website.
It seems like it has a nice slow progression and if it isn't slow enough then I'll just modify it for us.
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