Most Common Labrador Retriever Diseases

The Labrador Retriever is one of the most beloved dogs in the world, this is because they are adorable and great-hearted creatures. Labors love to receive attention and be embraced by everyone, especially children.

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Although labrador retriever are very healthy dogs that do not usually get sick, there are some diseases of the breed and inherited pathologies that we must know and take into account to have a better knowledge of our pet’s life.

If you have a labrador or you think about having one in the future, we invite you to read this article from YourCatCareguide where we explore the most common diseases of the Labrador retriever .

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Eye problems

Some labradors suffer from eye problems. The pathologies that may develop are ocular defects, cataracts and progressive atrophy of the retina. They are hereditary diseases that deteriorate the system of the dog’s vision. Problems like cataracts are important to correct in time since they can worsen such as they can produce glaucoma , uveitis or dislocation. They may even suffer total blindness if left untreated. There is treatment to correct these problems or even surgeries to eliminate them completely, depending on the case.

Retinal dysplasia is a deformation that can cause everything from visual field reduction to total blindness, and this condition is an intractable condition. It is important that you consult with your veterinarian beforehand because many eye diseases can not be cured, but delayed with a good treatment and with the inclusion of foods and products with antioxidant properties.

Myopathy from cauda

This pathology, which may scare many labrador retriever owners, is also known as a “moist cause” and often appears in farmers, but is not unique to this breed. Myopathy in this area is characterized by a flaccid tail paralysis .

Myopathy can occur when a dog is over-trained or physically stimulated. Another example is when you take the dog on a long trip inside a travel box or when taking a bath in very cold water. The dog feels pain when touched in the area and it is important to give him rest and anti-inflammatory treatment to recover all his faculties.

Muscular dystrophy

Muscular dystrophies are hereditary diseases . They are problems that present in the muscular tissues, deficiencies and alterations in the protein dystrophin, that is the one that is in charge to maintain in correct state the muscular membranes.

This condition in dogs is found more in males than in females and symptoms such as stiffness, weakness in walking, repulsion to exercise, increase in tongue thickness, excessive drool and others can be seen from the tenth week of the Labrador retriever , while still a puppy. If you have difficulty breathing and muscle spasms, this is a sign of seriousness.

There is no treatment to treat this disease, but veterinarians who are experts in this area are working to find a cure and have conducted studies where, it seems, muscular dystrophy may in the future be treated with the administration of stem cells.


This is one of the most common diseases among Labrador Retrievers. It is a totally hereditary condition and is usually transmitted from parents to children. There are several types of dysplasia but the most common ones are hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. It happens when the joints fail and develop properly causing in many cases degeneration, wear on the cartilage and dysfunction.

Those dogs with pains, anomalies in the hind legs or lesions (primary or secondary) in one or both elbows should have a physical examination and an X-ray to determine if they suffer from any dysplasia and at what stage of the disease they are. The basic treatment is anti-inflammatory and rest, but if it is a very advanced case surgery can be done.

If you have as your faithful companion a dog of this breed, also read our article on how to train a labrador .

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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