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    Labrador Puppies For Sale: Health Problems to Know Labrador Puppies For Sale: Health Problems to Know

    Articledog health and wellbeingWednesday 18 May 2011

    If you’re browsing Labrador puppies for sale, the prospect of owning these wonderful dogs will naturally be the only thing on your mind. However, it’s important to bear in mind that the average Labrador retriever can be susceptible to a number of health problems.

    Thankfully, most of the health concerns listed below are relatively rare, but as a responsible dog owner, you should check your Labrador on a regular basis for any signs of illness. 

    Labrador Puppy: Health Concerns to Consider

    1.    Obesity

    This is a common problem to afflict Labradors and it’s a condition that is often caused by the misplaced good intentions of the owners. Labrador retrievers are loving, faithful dogs, and it can often be tempting for an owner to throw in treats when they are not particularly warranted. Think of the old maxim ‘everything in moderation’ – it’s fine to treat your dog now and then, but if you are doing so everyday, you are actually doing your dog more harm in the long term than good. A healthy, active lifestyle should always be encouraged. A Chocolate Labrador shouldn’t live up to its name by gorging on inappropriate treats.

    2.    Arthritis

    Another common health problem that can afflict this breed is arthritis. Sadly, there’s a common misconception that arthritis only affects older dogs, but a Labrador puppy can actually be just a susceptible to the problem. Arthritis is caused by the weakening of cartilage inside the joint, and symptoms can include chronic stiffness, an unusual walking style, reduced enthusiasm for exercise and wincing when trying to sit down.

    3.    Hip Dysplasia

    Any dog breed can be vulnerable to this nasty condition – in fact, it’s fairly common, with thousands of dogs suffering from dysplasia every year. Unfortunately, a Labrador retriever is particularly at threat from this ailment, which occurs when the femur does not fit properly within the hip. Obvious signs include acute outward signs of pain and awkward movements.

    4.    Hereditary Myopathy

    This is an affliction that is only present in the Labrador retriever family. Myopathy is an extremely rare muscle disorder where there is a deficiency in muscle fibre and a decrease in skeletal muscle mass occurs. The disease will only be passed on should the parents of a Labrador puppy both have at least one copy of the defective gene. Common signs of Myopathy include a reluctance to exercise and walking difficulties. Regular rest can help to subside the impact of this disease.

    5.    Gastric Torsion and Bloat

    Gastric torsion occurs when a Labrador retriever suffers from a twisted stomach. Gases and contents stored in the stomach will build up and lead to a noticeable swelling of the abdominal area. This particular illness can become life threatening if a vet is not consulted in the earliest time possible. The symptoms of bloat can be visibly distressing, including agitated behaviour, excessive drooling and panting, unrestrained pacing and violent vomiting.   

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