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Common Health Problems Golden Retrievers Encounter


Common Health Problems Golden Retrievers Encounter

Golden retrievers have been a popular breed for many years. Their loyalty, cuddliness, and kind demeanor make it easy to see why. But there are things you should be aware of before you adopt a golden, including the common health issues it may develop. Continue reading to discover these health problems your golden retriever could face.


Epilepsy

Epilepsy is one common health problem golden retrievers may face. If your dog starts to have a seizure, quickly remove dangerous objects from the area to keep it safe. Call your vet immediately if your dog experiences a seizure. They can diagnose it with epilepsy and create a plan to make your pup feel comfortable.


Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is when the bones don’t come together correctly. Because of environmental and genetic factors, golden retrievers are prone to this health problem. Excessive weight and poor nutrition can cause them to develop hip dysplasia.

These are a few symptoms to look out for:

  • Lowered desire to climb stairs, run, or jump

  • Limping

  • Stiffness

  • Decreased activity

  • A lower range of motion

Contact your vet if you suspect your dog has hip dysplasia. They can provide medication and tips to help you make your dog comfortable. Your pup may benefit from an orthopedic bed, so consider investing in one to give it some extra support.


Cancer

A sad reality for golden retrievers is that they will likely get cancer. In fact, around 60 percent of goldens pass away from cancer. Take your retriever to the vet twice a year to ensure everything is OK. The vet can treat cancer if caught early enough.


A recently emerged genetic mutation could be to blame for the risen cancer rates in golden retrievers. Researchers continue to look for information about cancer and goldens. If possible, find out information about your dog’s parents. If both parents had cancer, your pup will likely get it.

Stay up-to-date with your dog’s vet appointments to ensure it’s healthy. It’s better to catch these problems quickly than to let them go unnoticed for months or years.

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