The Golden Retriever is a fun and energetic breed. It is loved by families as well as sportsmen. If they are well-bred, these friendly, energetic dogs can live a long, active life.
Goldens have more health issues than other dog breeds. Here are some common health problems for Golden Retrievers.
hip dysfunction is a common condition in Golden Retrievers. As with humans, the dog’s hip is a ball -in-socket joint. The head and femur of the canine hip rotates inside the sockets of the pelvis. These large bones have strong ligaments that hold them in place. An uneven wear of bones can result from deformations in the hip socket or femoralhead, which can stress the attached ligaments.
Advanced cases will be characterized with joint inflammation, pain or stiffness, as well as bone degeneration. Dogs with symptomatic dysplasia of the hip will have trouble doing simple tasks, such as climbing stairs or sitting on a chair. Your vet may be able to use imaging technology for diagnosing the severity of hip dysplasia. They can also prescribe medication relief. The surgery is possible in some cases, particularly in young animals. But, due to the Canine Journal Notes, the procedure could cost anywhere from $1700 up to $4500.
The Golden Retrievers’ cancer rate is the worst of all dog breeds. As a result of some form or other of malignancy it is expected that 56% (female) and 66% (male) Goldens will die . Hemangiosarcoma is a aggressive and rapidly-growing type of cancer that can be found in Goldens, and all dogs. It can be detected early by microscopically. Lymphosarcoma Ostesarcoma is another form of cancer commonly seen in Golden Retrievers. Vigilance is key for successful management and prevention. Early detection of all types is associated with better outcomes.
Cardio and Respiratory Conditions
Golden Retrievers have the same risk as other large breeds for circulatory problems, such as a weak heart or lungs. Subvalvular Adrenal Stenosis (SAS),–a condition that narrows the vessel carrying oxygenated blood from heart to body. Narrowing, partial, or complete obstruction of the Aorta can cause the heart not to work as it should. It can also lead to death. You should immediately consult your vet if you notice signs such as weakness, lethargy, and difficulty breathing in your pet.
The undercoat of Golden Retrievers is thick and dense. It is then covered with an outer coat that is longer. This created an environment that allowed potentially harmful bacteria to thrive. They are also more susceptible to allergic skin reactions. With the presence ticks, mites, or other parasites, existing skin reactions can be aggravated or worsened. Regular bathing, grooming your dog, and parasite prevention are all ways to reduce the chances of skin problems in your golden. It is possible that your pet may be sensitive, allergic, or both, to molds, dust, and other environmental agents. As well as granulomas and sebaceous tumors, which are non-cancerous, inflamed oil glands under the skin, the goldens may also be at risk for lipomas. These are fatty, benign tumors. These conditions are easily diagnosed with regular vet visits. The best treatment is determined.
Some other conditions can also affect golden retrievers. These conditions include:
- Cataracts (a yellowish or white film that clouds the vision and impairs your vision)
- Hypothyroidism means low thyroid activity.
- Bloat (fluid buildup in the stomach, which causes pressure on other body organs)
- Ear Infections
Cecily Kellogg is a pet lover who definitely has crazy cat lady leanings. Her pets are all shelter rescues, including the dog, who is scared of the cats. She spent eight years working as a Veterinary Technician before becoming a writer. Today she writes all over the web, including here at Figo.