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Common Health Problems in Labrador Retrievers and How to Care for Them

Common Health Problems in Labrador Retrievers and How to Care for Them

The world’s most beloved pet is a lovable delight to have as a part of the family, but there are also possible health problems that can occur in your Lab. Therefore, owners need to know what could possibly occur with their Labrador’s health, and we have provided a list of important concerns to be aware of.

  • Obesity is the most common problem in Labradors. Instead of feeding he or she treats, play with them instead. Supplement your lab foods with either one of our delicious Wholistic products, such as Wholistic Digest All, which regulates your dog’s digestive track, as well as providing the proper nutrients they need.
  • Several more of the health problems that occur in the lifespan of a Labrador are:
  • Patellar Luxation, which is knee-cap dislocation
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis (know as canine elbow and shoulder dysplasia)

Canine hip dysplasia is also common in other popular breeds as well, and can be maintained through proper nutrition and medical care, as well as supplemental foods, such as our Wholistic MSM, which provides the maximum amount of nutrients that a pet needs for using most functions of the body; this will also work well for Osteochondritis. Or, if you want to focus solely on your pet’s joints, try our Wholistic Joint Mobility, which provides concentrated joint support.

While not as common, there is occasional awareness that might be raised with:

  • Diabetes
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia, is a congenital disorder that is present from birth, and causes the heart to work less efficiently.
  • Entropion, is a turning of the eyelid that causes rubbing against they eyes.
  • Exercise-induced collapse known as Distichiasis, an abnormal growth of lashes.

Minor health concerns consist of:

  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Central Progressive Retinal Atrophy, is a form of eye disease.
  • Hypothyroidism, a thyroid hormone deficiency
  • Hot Spots
  • Cataracts

Be sure to have your puppy (or Lab) tested for any of these possible conditions, and to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle for your pet, as well as follow the guidelines as directed by your veterinarian.

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