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Most Common Health Problems Affecting Golden Retrievers

Most Common Health Problems Affecting Golden Retrievers

If you are considering to get yourself a golden retriever you will have to understand how certain conditions may affect their health.

Some health conditions are especially common in golden retrievers and therefore it’s much safer to be on the lookout for them.

Catching these conditions early could save the health and life of your dog.

Here are the most common ones:

Hip Displasia

Hip dysplasia is a form of arthritis that causes growths in the joint of the dog’s hips. It’s very common in larger dogs like Goldens. Improper nutrition and obesity alongside with deformed joints or ligaments are the most common causes. Be warned if you’re seeing decreased activity, pain, or loss of muscle mass.

Chest Problems

Subvalvular aortic stenosis (SAS), when the part of the heart that carries oxygenated blood out of the heart is narrowed, is also quite common in larger dog breeds like golden retrievers. On the brighter side – a lot of dogs with SAS are typically asymptomatic, and it rarely progresses to something more serious.

Skin Issues

Skin problems are one of the most common reasons owners take their dog to a veterinarian. Luckily, most skin issues are as scary as they sound. Most commonly they are just benign masses made up of fat cells.


Unfortunately cancer is very common in golden retrievers and about 60 percent of Golden Retrievers are impacted by cancer. Sadly, much like cancer in humans, we know very little about a cure.

Patellar Luxation

Also known as “loose knees” is a congenital disease where the kneecap often comes out of position. The prognosis is usually positive – dogs can live with the disease for a long time while still leading a healthy, normal life! In more serious conditions the vet may recommend surgery.


Golden retrievers are unfortunately predisposed to cataracts. Cataracts often occur from disease, old age, or trauma to the eye. Though cataracts can cause poor vision or blindness, a dog can still continue to live a healthy life. To recognize cataracts be on the outlook for a cloudy look of your dog’s eyes.

Thyroid Problems

The thyroid gland produces the hormone thyroxine. When the hormones are not being produced enough, your dog suffers from hyperthyroidism, causing symptoms like lethargy, weight gain, changes in coat and skin, mental dullness and more.

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