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      13-year-old Lab Foster

      I just started fostering a 13-year-old lab a week ago. His owner was 80 and had a severe stroke and could no longer take care of Cole. He is deaf, slightly vision impaired, and has weakness in his back legs. He also had bilateral ear infections. All of these are being treated. He is also overweight. Overall, for his age, he is pretty healthy! He naps a lot, goes on short walks, still loves food, and loves belly rubs. I would love recommendations on a good food and any supplements that might help his back leg weakness. He is a gentle, loving old soul

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      Wow- I've never seen a 13-year-old without some graying on the muzzle! I don't have food advice but thank you for saving this sweet boy.
      Miss Kimber, CGC, birthdate 6/15/2005

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      Gorgeous pup! Yes, I call the seniors pups.

      Thank you so much for helping him out. As far as food, feed a good quality food only in smaller amounts. Green beans, frozen or canned (no salt), can be added to fill the tummy. I also feed frozen fruit in limited amounts with meals. A good joint supplement and vitamin C (human grade chewable) should be given with meals. I buy Cosequin D but there are many good joint supplement products on the market. You also might want to mix in, every so often, some plain greek yogurt with a meal. He's going through a big life change and this helps keep the good bacteria in the gut. Keep up the daily walks as tolerated; it really does help keep the joints mobile. Also, passive range of motion exercises help.
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      Thank you for rescuing and fostering this gentleman. Cole (love the name) is a beautiful boy. Yes agree on the green beans, apples and baby carrots are also a good in between meal treat. Hopefully his rear end will strengthen a bit with the short walks and weight management along with joint supplements.
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      OMG he is gorgeous.....

      You are doing a great thing by taking him in. I feed Aowyn; Taste of the Wild and we give her about a half a cup less than what is on the bag to help maintain her proper weight. He doesn't look too over weight, he looks great for an older dog.
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      Bless you! It takes a special person to foster a senior

      I highly recommend Advanced Hip & Joint Chewables from Springtime Inc. They make natural supplements for dogs, horses and people. I copied the ingredients here
      Desiccated beef liver 500 mg/tablet
      MSM, 99%
      (methyl sulfonyl methane)
      300 mg/tablet
      Boswellia serrata extract, 65% 275 mg/tablet
      Chondroitin sulfate, min. 90% purity
      (bovine cartilage extract)
      250 mg/tablet
      Glucosamine HCL, 99% 250 mg/tablet
      (shellfish extract)

      The ingredient that I think is really
      helping my Lab is the Boswellia Serrata
      extract. I have given glucosamine, chondroitin
      and MSM for years but recently tried this
      with the Boswellia Serrata and it seems to help.

      In addition to green beans I give our dogs raw
      celery for crunch and fiber.

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      The photo of Cole lying down, with the sky behind is a lovely, lovely shot. A framer. Maybe you could cheaply frame it for his previous owner and yourself? What a wonderful thing you have done. Do you know the previous owner? Fear of aging and leaving a pet is a serious concern for many people, it's so good of you to be able to help calm that poor owners angst.

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      Bless you for taking him in.
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      That's a great idea for his owner. I'm not sure who it is, but the rescue group I foster for probably has some information. I'm not sure how badly he was affected by the stroke, but sounded severe.

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      Thank you! I have found out in the week of having Cole, he doesn't like green beans, carrots, or celery, but does like raspberries, cantaloupe and watermelon. He is doing well here and adjusting to life with myself and my Cocker Spaniel. I previously owned a lab and I just love the breed! Cole may be a mix, but he certainly has a lot of the great lab qualities

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