I HAVE MY LABRADOR RETRIEVER ON A CONDITIONING PROGRAM IS IT TOO MUCH

June 10, 2014

My 3+ year old Labrador retrievers conditioning program her trot beside me on a bicycle 3 nights per week for about 2 miles at an easy pace. Am I going to create any joint type problems by having her trot along beside me on a concrete street (quiet neighborhood, only an occasional car comes by)? Thanks for any insight you can give me.

David B, Ohio

 

Hi David,

If you are working your lab on a hard surface as you say you are, I would be very careful. Yes these surfaces can cause joint damage just as in humans. To continue doing this I would get some of our Healthy Joint Formula and see that she is kept on if throughout her training and in the future as well. These dogs are prone to joint problems and should be guarded.

Charles Kruger, DVM