Omaha Red Sox wrote:Ok, I'd like some opinions on my situation with my dog. She lives to play fetch and get wet. Having arthritis, however, she's pretty sore after playing fetch. I think it's obvious, as much as I don't want it to be, that she's probably only got a couple years left. Do I play fetch with her because it's what she absolutely loves to do, knowing she'll be quite sore most of the next day, or do I not play fetch so she won't get sore?
I tend to somewhat agree with Met/Nfl Fan/Stomper.
I wouldn't stop playing fetch with her, but I'd think about cutting back. If you were in your final years would you want someone to take away something you truly loved so you could be a bit more comfortable? I'd rather have fewer years in my life and truly enjoy life at the fullest. I know not overworking the dog is merely in the interest of extending her life as long as possible but I don't see it as fair to take away the thing she loves.
Like I said before, you should probably cut back however. You don't want her to overwork herself.
This is what I was thinking and thanks for all of your suggestions. I have cut back the distances of my throws significantly. I used to be able to launch the ball down the street or, using my golf club tennis ball tosser thing, let it fly in a field. We just toss it for her across the yard a little ways now.
My wife's a registered vet tech so she knows quite a bit about what kinds of things to help her out. One was diet because, in answer to Met's question, she is slightly overweight. Not unhealthy so, as she is a rather bulky lab, but she's been put on a diet specifically for older, bigger dogs.
So we'll take her to the vet and see what else he suggests we do. Thanks guys. And thanks for the links Stomper.