Common health problems that Golden Retrievers have include problems that tend to afflict large breed dogs, such as hip and elbow dysplasia and bloat. Golden Retrievers are also prone to allergy, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, heart disease, and von Willebrand's Disease.
The Golden Retriever is playful, eager, alert and self-confident. Extremely friendly, reliable, and devoted, the Golden Retriever is an excellent companion dog.
Because they are so friendly to people, Golden Retrievers cannot make good guard dogs - they are "people dogs". They enjoy and thrive on human companionship and must be allowed to interact with people.
Besides being an excellent companion dog, the Golden Retriever is also a wonderful hunting dog, tracking dog, and field trial competitor. Because Golden Retrievers are intelligent, easy to train, and have a good temperament, they are often used as service dogs such as seeing-eye dogs, and therapy dogs.
The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the U.S.A.- Ranked 3rd most registered breed by the AKC for 2012.
Unfortunately, Golden Retrievers are susceptible to quite a few health problems, as you can see below.
Golden retrievers are notorious for being prone to develop hereditary joint problems, such as:
Golden retrievers are also prone to skin irritations, which are largely due to allergies. Yes, golden retrievers are very susceptible to the development of allergies in response to environmental allergens, such as house dust mite and pollens. Flea and other parasitic infections such as sarcoptic mange (scabies) can also cause allergic-type reactions.
Common signs of allergies are itching, sometimes with hair loss; foot licking and chewing, and recurrent ear infections.
If you have a Golden who is allergy-prone, feed her a high-quality, natural diet. Also, avoid over-vaccination - vaccinate your dog only when necessary and for the fewest diseases. This can greatly help prevent and manage immune problems, such as allergies.
Other common health problems that afflict Golden Retrievers include:
Aortic stenosis is not easy to detect, especially if the condition is mild. However, in moderate or more serious cases, you may notice some symptoms when the dog is exercising. For example, the dog may show low exercise tolerance - he may seem to run out of steam, or he may even faint due to inadequate blood supply to the brain. Restricting the amount and intensity of exercise is necessary for Goldens with moderate to severe AS.
This Chinese herbal formula contains effective herbs for joint problems such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, and stiffness due to inflammation of the joints. Works well as a preventive or as a remedy.Doc Ackerman's Epilepsy & Seizure Formula for Dogs and Cats
A great herbal formula that contains nerve-calming and nourishing herbs (such as chamomile, ginseng, passion flower, St.-John's wort, valerian root). This formula can provide relief from the effects of epilepsy for your Golden Retriever.FURminator Long Hair deShedding Tool for Dogs
Golden Retrievers have long double coats of an outer hair and an under coat. The thick coat may become matted unless groomed twice a week. Goldens shed throughout the year with increased shedding once or twice a year. This excellent tool helps to control shedding by removing the loose and dead undercoat hair, without damaging the topcoat. Highly recommended!