Originally Posted by Pop Rivet
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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