Most Common Golden Retriever Health Problems

Roberto Manzotti

There are quite some major kinds of diseases that have been reported in this breed, some of which are:

 

Cancer

The Golden Retriever is considered to have a certain susceptibility to certain cancers such as lymphomas or mastocytomas, fibrosarcomas (cutaneous or mouth), and hemangiosarcomas.

 

Cardiology

The golden retriever has a markedly increased predisposition to pericardial effusion (7.4 times compared to the canine population).

Aortic stenosis is a congenital heart defect described in the Golden Retriever with a relative risk compared to the general canine population multiplied by 6.8. A genetic origin is suspected.

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Gastroenterology

Certain predispositions to gastrointestinal disorders are reported in the Golden Retriever such as acquired mega-esophagus. The clinical signs of the latter appear most often before the age of 1 year and it is most often intrahepatic forms.

 

Dermatology

An inclination of the Golden Retriever to several skin conditions is reported, and more particularly:

• Canine juvenile cellulitis is a family disease that is probably hereditary and usually affects puppies between 1 and 4 months of age.

• Atopy: In this breed, signs can appear as early as two months of age.

• For pyotraumatic folliculitis, quite common in the Golden Retriever, the risk is 2.3 times higher than in the general canine population, and young dogs are predisposed.

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Neurology

In the Golden Retriever, idiopathic epilepsy (essential epilepsy) is not exceptional and a genetic origin is invoked. The disease occurs between 6 months and 6 years.

The Golden Retriever is also considered to be predisposed to an idiopathic form of Claude Bernard-Horner Syndrome 

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