When the taxidermist asks do you want him in a sitting or standing pose. Sorry 😐
Your dog is well over weight, and labs suffer from serious problems with their joints even if not over weight.
The problem with dogs is like all animals they canít tell you whatís wrong, but an eight year old lab should still be fit. Mine was going up hills till he was thirteen.
I would cut back on his food, and feed him only once a day as recommended by vets.
Cut out all of the biscuits and the treats.
Get him into the water, they love swimming, and itís good exercise for an over weight dog.
I know it will seem cruel and he wonít understand, but you will be doing your best friend a big favour.
Also get him checked out for hip dysphasia and arthritis.
If we all agreed there would be no discussion, and it would be a dull boring world.
Often overlooked, maybe his feet are sore?
Feed him proper do food, not any biscuits but proper real meat, cheap mince and scraps from a butchers and he will soon pick up and the excess weight fall off. I gave my last dog Tripe and he loved it..
Meat Fat and no carbs will have any excess weight off any chubby owners too.
Dog Biscuits are why so many labs are fat, they are always hungry because the carbs go straight to the fat cells and nothing for energy so they are always hungry, viscious circle formed.
You say your Dog has recently been walking in the Peak District and now seems lazy. If I were you I would get your Vet to do some blood tests. The Dog may have picked up a Tick (or 2) and may be having a reaction to that. There are other conditions than can be contracted in the countryside also.
One of our dogs, who'd always been 100% fit and well, suddenly started peeing in the house... he was 12. The vet couldn't find anything wrong and wondered if it was territorial... our brand new neighbours had 3 cats, so it made sense. Then we noticed Sam often stood stock still, with his head very slightly down and cocked, staring at absolutely nothing for several minutes. It took a while for the vet to diagnose and spot because of the position but they eventually found a tumour nestled amongst his organs... it was too late for anything other than palliative care. He was given painkillers and we realised the staring into space had been him experiencing pain, poor mite. We decided after a day or so to say goodbye to him... couldn't bear to see him in pain if the medicine wore off.
My son's friend had a very elderly dog... over 15 if memory serves. She was content enough but had got very stiff and slow. As most dogs do, she used to turn a circle before settling down for a sleep with her back to a safe spot. One day they watched her oh so slowly plodding round in circle after circle after circle. When my son queried if she was OK, his friend said "Yeah, she's chasing her tail"
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