More than just a pet, the Golden Retriever can be a best buddy, cherished companion, adopted family member. When you take this breed of dog into your home, your arms, your life, you must assume responsibility for Golden Retriever Health.
Just a little upfront effort about Golden Retriever health will ensure there are no surprises later.
This breed is predisposed to cancer. About 60 percent of Goldens develop cancer, according to statistics. They are at greater risk for Hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma than all other breeds. Cancer is considered the number one cause of death.
Treatment for Cancer: Yunzhi mushroom supplements – traditional medicine prescribed by doctors in China for 2,000+ years – were reported in clinical trials to provide a longer survival rate and fewer side-effects for cancer patients, human and canine. Talk to your Veterinarian about this holistic treatment, which costs less than conventional chemotherapy.
Allergies are another concern of Golden Retriever Health, as studies have suggested they are more prone to allergies than all other breeds. If you suspect your dog is suffering from allergies, the Vet can perform a skin test.
The most prevalent allergies to watch for are: food allergy, contact allergy, flea allergy and atopy. If he suffers hair loss in several areas and his skin color gets darker, if he scratches repeatedly, it could be flea allergy.
Treatment for Flea Allergy: topical flea ointment.
Atopy results from chemicals, weeds and grass or fungus. If your Golden develops Atopy, affected areas may include: ear-to-ear, face, feet or groin.
Treatment for Atopy: Antibiotics, antihistamines, cortisone and frequent bathing.
Food Allergy is a common malady of Goldens. Like human food allergies, process of elimination is called for. Remove any suspects from doggy’s food bowl, one by one. Or, switch up his food. For example, feed him poultry instead of beef. Introduce unusual meats, such as buffalo, which he has never eaten.
Heart Disease is an ongoing challenge of Golden Retriever Health. Their heart problems generally start with a murmur. Cardiomyopathy and sub-aortic stenosis (SAS) are chief concerns in this breed. Since SAS – aorta responsible for carrying blood away from heart narrows – may cause sudden death, your Vet should check your Golden Retriever’s heart annually, if not more often.
Two hereditary conditions, Elbow or hip dysplasia,affect between 23.5 percent to 55.7 percent of Golden Retrievers. (Percentages from 2005 study published in JAVMA). Both are extremely painful and can lead to surgery.
Like humans, dogs experience seizures. Epilepsy is a chief concern for Golden Retriever Health. Latest estimates show seven percent of this breed is aflicted with seizures. This hereditary condition is not curable; it can only be managed. Epileptic Golden Retrievers should be under the ongoing treatment of a good veterinarian.
Goldens are especially susceptible to eye problems, including cataracts, central progressive retinal atropy and glaucoma. Juvenile Cataracts are hereditary and manifest before the puppy is six years old. Cataracts can also develop in middle-aged Golden Retrievers. Surgery is often indicated. If untreated, cataracts can cause blindness.
Central Progressive Retinal Atrophy (CPRA), a congenital, degenerative disease of the retinas, generally affects this breed in their ‘golden years’. Unfortunately, no current treatment exists for CPRA.
Glaucoma is due to excessive eye fluid, which accumulates intraocular pressure. Acute Glaucoma can lead to blindness, within a few hours. For early onset glaucoma, your Vet can prescribe eye drops that decrease the pressure or recommend surgical alternatives.
Where Golden Retriever health is concerned, prevention is the best cure. Keep your little buddy and his environment clean. Keep your cherished companion well-fed and well-loved. In return, she will love you bunches and comfort you during stressful times.