Friday, April 26, 2013

Labrador Retriever - Testing for Health

Dr Frances Smith, DVM, PhD provides us with information about Labrador Retrievers and their health. Dr Smith let you know if there are tests that you should be doing and goes through some diseases that your Labrador Retriever could be prone to.

Topics include:

Hip Dysplasia - "An inherited condition resulting from an improperly formed hip joint. Because the joint is loose, the dog's leg bone moves around too much, causing painful wear and tear." Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Elbow Dysplasia - "A condition involving multiple developmental abnormalities of the elbow-joint in the dog, specifically the growth of cartilage or the structures surrounding it." Elbow Dysplasia in Dogs

Eye Diseases - "The Labrador Retriever is a breed of dog that is at risk for the development of a number of different hereditary eye diseases." PRA and the Labrador Retriever

Exercise-induced Collapse - "Dogs affected with EIC develop muscle weakness, incoordination and life-threatening collapse after just five to fifteen minutes of field exercise and cannot participate in many types of strenuous activities." Exercise Induced Collapse in Labrador Retrievers

Centronuclear Myopathy - "A disabling disease that affects Labradors from all over the world." Centronuclear Myopathy (or Canine Muscle Myopathy, CNM)

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