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5 Common Golden Retriever Health Problems

golden retriever puppy with one paw up and tongue out
Are you an owner of a Golden Retriever? Are you also concerned about your charming furry friend’s health? As a dog parent, you should be aware of things that can endanger your Goldie’s health and life. Here are the most common problems that Golden Retrievers usually face.

Skin conditions
Because of having a dense undercoat, there is a high possibility for the growth of bacteria. This makes them at risk of various skin diseases such as allergies, seborrhea and sebaceous cysts. Although skin conditions are very common with Golden Retrievers, there is still a chance to avoid them if you maintain their hygiene by bathing and grooming them regularly. Also, don’t forget about regular visits to your veterinarian.

Cancer
Unfortunately, cancer is a very common disease in dogs. Golden Retrievers are more inclined to get different types of it such as Lymphosarcoma, Osteosarcoma, and Hemangiosarcoma. To prevent them, try to keep a careful watch over your doggo, visit your veterinarian for regular check-ups as early detection. Vigilance is the key to the successful defeat of malignancy.

Cardio conditions
Golden retrievers are very likely to get heart-related problems, especially — Aortic Stenosis. This problem appears when the vessel which carries oxygenated blood, narrows, thus forcing the heart to work harder to pump the blood through the valve. This can lead to many serious heart problems, and eventually to heart failure and death. Physical examinations, urinalysis and other forms of veterinary care will help to detect the disease early and successfully prevent complications.

Epilepsy
It’s a well-known fact that dogs of many breeds suffer from epilepsy. Unfortunately, our favorite Goldens are also among them. So, let’s first understand what epilepsy is and how it looks. To put it simply, epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes our brain to function abnormally, thus causing seizures. There are two types of seizure– generalized and partial. During a generalized seizure, dogs lose their consciousness and vomit; you may also see flailing limbs and diarrhea. Abnormal limb movement, twitching of the eyelids, lips, or ears on one side of the body are all possible symptoms of partial seizure. If your dog is experiencing a seizure, remove any unsafe objects from the area immediately; they might injure themselves. If you cannot help them relax, go to your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Separation anxiety
Golden Retrievers are very loyal and outgoing; they love spending their time with their family and hanging out with them. When you leave the house, it makes them very sad and often leads to anxiety: they can bark, chew destructively and even try to escape from home. Try not to be very joyful when leaving the house or coming back, as it will make them feel more anxious and irritated. Instead, try to reach out to your dog throughout the day and make them feel that you adore them.