Thursday, April 12, 2007

Taking Care of an Older Pit Bull

While your Put Bull may be healthy and active for a long time, one day you will look at him and be surprised to discover that his face has silvered and his gait has stiffened. He tends to sleep longer and more soundly now than he did when he was younger. You also notice that he is slower than he used to be.

Keep in mind that your Pit Bull has an average life expectancy of about 13 years, though many of them have reached old ages of 15 and 16. Your older Pit Bull still needs an active lifestyle in order for him to stay healthy. He can enjoy a full and vibrant life as he gets older as long as you know what extra measures to take.

Keep him active without putting too much stress on his joints. Walking with him is an excellent exercise, but running may be a bit too much. Swimming is also a great low-impact exercise as long as you keep him supervised and he does not get too cold. Because he is engaging in less physical activity and has a lower metabolic rate, he will require fewer calories than he used to.


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