Golden Retrievers – Choosing a Golden Retriever

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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 spots are 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 voice box causing respiratory distress. Most common is the acquired idiopathic form.

Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.

Ectropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes eversion of the eyelid margin. It most commonly affects the lower central eyelid.

Distichiasis is a condition in which there is growth of extra eyelashes from the glands of the upper or lower eyelid.

Melanoma is a tumor arising from melanocytes, which are the cells that produce pigment.

Mast Cell Tumors are malignant tumors than can occur in the skin or within the body.

Hemangiosarcoma is cancer that can result in bleeding tumors of the spleen, liver or heart.

Progressive retinal atrophy is a disease that causes nerve cells at the back of the eye to degenerate. The condition usually begins in older pets and can lead to blindness.

Aortic Stenosis – is caused by stenosis of the aorta and causing symptoms such as weakness, collapse and sudden death.

Pericardial effusion – is an accumulation of fluid within the pericardial space. Most common caused by hemangiosarcoma of the heart.

Lymphosarcoma, also known as lymphoma, is a malignant cancer that involves the lymphoid system.

Ectopic ureter is an abnormality present at birth in which one or both of the ureters that bring urine from the kidneys to the bladder fail to open into the bladder in the normal way. The affected animal is born with this problem and the resulting urinary incontinence usually begins at birth.

In addition, Golden Retrievers are prone to elbow dysplasia, dwarfism, osteochondrosis, and von Willebrand’s blood disease

Life Span

The life span of the golden retriever is 10 to 13 years.

We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.


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