Posted : 6/15/2006 1:57:45 PM
I agree with Audkal. I think it would actually depend on the breed. Little dogs that usually live to be 15 years old could hardly be called a senior at 7, but a breed how usually only lives to be 9 would be considered senior. With goldens as I have, the life expectancy is 10 to 12 years. My Buck is 11, so i consider him "very senior". KayCee will be 7 in Aug. and it is hard to consider her senior. I think most people tend to consider a dog senior once he has arthritis, is getting gray faced, slows down, sleps a lot, etc. that does not always work. My 11 year old Buck has very little gray. He does have arthritis. He always trots instead of walking except when on leash. But he is indeed very senior. My son & DIL;s chocolate lab mix just turned 5 and has a lot of gray on her face. Deends on the dog I reckon.
Anyway, NO it is not to early to start your dog on the glucosamine/msm or which ever joint sup you opt for. Usually by the time we know they have arthritis, it is pretty well established. Chances are your dog already has a touch of it, but just not showing it yet. My almost 7 year old golden had knee surgery at 16 months and again on her other knee a little over a year later and she has been on glucosamine/MSM ever since and I even added the SynoviG3 supplemtn afterher 2ed surgery. I get it at my vets.