No dog ever lives long enough, but Labrador owners can look forward to spending ten to thirteen years with their dogs. That's the typical Labrador life span, although some dogs may have longer or shorter lives depending on such factors as genetic heritage, nutrition, and level of care. As Labs age, their veterinary and nutritional needs change, and they may develop certain health problems associated with age. Fortunately, they can benefit from the many advances in veterinary medicine, as well as regular health testing, appropriate diet, and exercise. The following tips will help your Lab stay healthy and comfortable in his golden years.