Also, now that this has come up, he does do a lot of jumping and running. I wonder if starting a supplement for his joints, to keep them from having problems as he gets older, from his activities, wouldn't be a good idea?
I give them to my seniors, but I've also started much younger with my prone dogs, like Brax. Brax wasn't allowed to jump until a certain age, but he took to it like a duck to water once he was allowed to.
He jumped very high for such a large and heavy (not overweight, he was just really, really big. Think Naylz's Emma. She was the female version of his type.) dog. I gave him supplements at a much younger age than many of my dogs, and he never did have the negative effects of jumping for balls and his rope toys.
I gave him a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement, the same as Tango, and my other seniors got.
Tilde, who is younger than Charlie, also takes it, because of the fact that she's a ball chasing/jumping fool. She's very much a female Charlie.
I just get a 'people' brand that I like from the supermarket. No special stores or prices needed. No extra ingredients, either. Tango only takes 1/2 a day, Tilde a 1/4 right now, so a bottle lasts quite a while.
So, really, he probably doesn't *need* anything at the moment, though something for his joints will probably become his first need, considering his happy, active ways!
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