Monday, February 20, 2006

Labrador Retriever - Health Issues

Reading some of the emails, a certain topic seems to be addressed often:

What are the common heath issues Labrador Retrievers are prone to?

PRA - Progressive Retinal Atrophy, a disease which is characterized by degeneration of cells of the retina. Early stages start as night blindness, and can eventually lead to loss of sight.

Retinal Dysplasia - More Information

Hip Dysplasia - condition which is cause by abnormal development of the hip joint. The head of the femur does not fit into the hip socket. Symptoms will include pain and your Labrador can be lame on one or both of their rear legs. Sevre arthritis can develop. More Information

Elbow Dysplasia - abnormal development of the elbow joint. More Information

Bloat - a condition of the stomach which gases are trapped, resulting in a swelling of the abdomen. Your Labrador Retriever will expierence sevre pain and eventual death if left untreated. If you suspect your dog has bloat, immediately call your veterinarian or emergency service.

Ear infections - always a potential problem with hanging ears.

Recommended Reading:

Labrador Retrievers For Dummies

The Genetic Connection: A Guide to Health Problems in Purebred Dogs

Control of Canine Genetic Diseases

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Linda March 09, 2011 1:02 PM  

My nine week old female lab has been very active until today. She eats or chews on everything outside, including sabel palms, spider plants, sticks, etc. She also lapped up a little freon yesterday on the garage floor. She just lays around today and has a warm nose. I would think injesting all this stuff could make her sick. Should I take her to a vet? Thanks.........Linda

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