Learning About The Most Common Golden Retriever Problems

by Carol Matthews

Of all the different breeds of dog that one can choose from, the Golden Retriever is definitely one of the best. This breed is definitely a fan favorite and for very good reason. They are loyal, affectionate, caring and even great with children and make the perfect family pet. As with other breeds of dog however there are certain Golden Retriever problems that may arise, and which you should be prepared for.

Separation anxiety is one of the most common Golden Retriever problems, but there are also a number of health problems that your dog may develop as well. This includes hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disease, von Willebrand’s Disease, hypothyroidism, hereditary heart disease, epilepsy, cancer, arthritis and bloat. Although any of these can easily become serious, it is important to understand that there are some effective treatment options for each and which you can use if need be to help get your dog feeling back like his old self once again.

Elbow dysplasia is one of the most common Golden Retriever problems and is considered to possibly be due to different growth rates of the three bones that make up the elbow. Although the symptoms of this problem can develop in your dog at any age, it typically shows up in the earlier years. Common suggestions for treatment include prescription medication and weight control.

Another of the most common Golden Retriever problems is eye disease. Although there is many other possible causes as well, the most common explanation for the development of eye disease in this breed is that some Golden Retrievers carry the genes for central progressive retinal atrophy.

This is a condition that can develop at any age and at different lens locations, usually without visual impairment. As long as it is caught and treated early, hereditary cataracts will not pose any serious threat to your dog.

It is imperative that all owners become more educated on the subject of Golden Retriever problems and about the different treatment methods that are available and which will be helpful here. You know your dog better than anyone else and so it is up to you to notice any changes in your dog both subtle and dramatic. As soon as you think that anything is wrong you should get the dog in to see your veterinarian so that they can make a proper assessment and enforce the necessary treatment.

In order to guard them against as many health problems as possible, it is important that you provide them with the nutrition that they need, and make sure that they are getting lots of exercise. Getting your dog outside for walks is going to do them a world of good, as will socializing them with other people and other animals.

By allowing them to live the healthiest life possible, you will be helping to guard them against all sorts of health and other problems.

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