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Old 12-30-2007, 08:26 AM   #29
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My lab mix, Zap, turns 12 new Years Day and she is doing pretty good. As in people, diet, weight control, and a lot of love are most important.

Zap gets no people food. She's fed once a day - one can of wet mixed with one cup of dry. Both have animal products as the #1 ingredient. For desert, she gets 3 dog biscuits and one raw hide. At 12, she is trim, alert, happy, and active. She has developed some fatty tumors and has some allergies that affect her skin.
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:40 AM   #30
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My lab mix, Zap, turns 12 new Years Day and she is doing pretty good. As in people, diet, weight control, and a lot of love are most important.

Zap gets no people food. She's fed once a day - one can of wet mixed with one cup of dry. Both have animal products as the #1 ingredient. For desert, she gets 3 dog biscuits and one raw hide. At 12, she is trim, alert, happy, and active. She has developed some fatty tumors and has some allergies that affect her skin.
A twelve year old thin lab is impressive!!! Many of them get paunchy and fat as they age (don't we all?!!!!)

Large dogs run the risk of developing bloat, a life threatening condition that must be treated immediately if the dog is to survive. While it is not known for sure what causes it, it has been suggested that feeding a dog 2 times a day and limiting the amount of food that will swell up in the belly may reduce the risk.

I have noticed a decrease in the amount of scratching my older golden does now that he is on a home cooked diet that does not include the grains found in dry kibble. I am not opposed to feeding kibble, my younger golden still gets it, I have just noticed an improvement in allergy related skin issues since we began.

Just my two cents for what it is worth.

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Zap sounds like she's in great shape for 12! Good for her (and you)!

Both of our dogs have fatty tumors too, They aren't anything to worry about, and the vets don't seem to have any answer for why they get them. Seems like all old dogs do. Both of our dogs have several. Alki had to have all her's checked before we started treatment this summer to be sure they were harmless, and they were.
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