Learn about Golden Retriever diseases

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Learn about Golden Retriever diseases

Learn about Golden Retriever diseases

Common Diseases and Disorders

In general, the golden retriever is a healthy dog with few medical concerns. However, the following diseases or disorders have been reported:

  • Gastric torsion, also known as bloat, is a life-threatening sudden illness associated with the stomach filling with air and twisting.

  • Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint that results in pain, lameness and arthritis.

  • Epilepsy is a seizure disorder that develops between the ages of 2 to 5 years.

  • Hot spotsare areas of itchy moist skin irritation.

  • Hypothyroidism results when the thyroid gland does not function adequately.

  • Atopy is an itchy skin disease of animals that is caused by an allergy to substances in the environment.

  • Interdigital Dermatitis, also known as pododermatitis, is an inflammation of the paws involving the feet and nails.

  • Food Allergy can occur in some pets secondary to a variety of a food ingredients.

  • Lick granuloma is a condition in which the dog licks an area excessively, usually on the front leg, until a raised, firm ulcerated lesion is formed.

  • Cataracts cause a loss of the normal transparency of the lens of the eye. The problem can occur in one or both eyes and can lead to blindness.

  • Diabetes is a disease of the pancreas related to insufficient amounts of insulin production.

  • Osteocondrosis of the Shoulder is a congenital lesion that can cause degenerative joint disease.

  • Corneal ulceration is the loss of the corneal epithelium (the outermost cells of the cornea).

  • Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that develops when the pressure within the eye increases.

  • Laryngeal paralysis is a dysfunction of the larynx, or voicebox causing respiratory distress. Most common is the acquired idiopathic form.

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    Common Diseases

    Golden Retriever
    • Hip Dysplasia Hip dysplasia is a painful, crippling disease that causes a dog's hip to weaken, deteriorate and become arthritic.
    • Gastric Torsion (Bloat) Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) often referred to as "bloat", is a serious condition caused by abnormal dilatation and twisting of the stomach.
    • Hot Spots Acute moist dermatitis, also known as hot spots, are localized, moist, reddened bacterial infections of the skin.
    • Elbow Dysplasia Elbow dysplasia refers to the abnormal development of certain parts of the elbow joint during the growing phase of a dog's life.
    • Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism is a disorder of the thyroid gland in which not enough thyroxine is produced.

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