Breed related diseases in Dogs.
Welcome to our new series of blogs on breed related disease in pedigree dogs. Unfortunately, certain pedigree dogs are prone to certain diseases. We thought these guides would be helpful for people who own the breeds so that they can be more aware of some of the diseases their pet may suffer from and will be able to pick up the symptoms of disease more rapidly. We also thought they would be useful for people thinking of buying a specific breed so that they can be aware of some of the problems that may exist.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all the diseases that each breed can get- just the more common ones that we see regularly.
So, to start with, let’s look at the Labrador Retriever:
- Allergic skin disease including Atopy and Food allergies
- Hip dysplasia (animals used for breeding should be screened for)
- Elbow dysplasia (animals used for breeding should be screened for)
- OCD of hock and shoulder
- Cruciate ligament rupture
- Congenital eye defects such as Generalise progressive retinal atrophy (animals used for breeding should be screened)
- Laryngeal paralysis
- Ectopic ureters
If you have any questions about any of the above, please feel free to contact the staff to discuss them.