golden retriever breed information

common health issues

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.
The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.
Atopy refers to skin allergies caused by inhaled or contact allergens. Just like us, our dogs can be allergic to pollen, dander, grasses and trees. Their allergies result in itchiness that can be seasonal or year-round. Affected dogs are prone to ear and skin infections. The condition varies in severity but is usually lifelong and often requires constant medical management.
Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.
In Aortic Stenosis, there is a partial obstruction to the flow of blood as it leaves the left side of the heart causing the heart to work harder to pump blood to the rest of the body. This can predispose the dog to arrhythmias, heart failure, infection of the aortic valve, and sudden death. Medical treatment centers on normalizing the heart rate.
Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the United States, thanks to its eagerness to please and gentle temperament. Like many other working breeds, it originated in the Scottish Highlands in the 1800s and was originally bred for hunting.

Today, its working ability makes the Golden Retriever an excellent choice for a hunting companion and its willingness to perform the task at hand has it excelling as a guide dog, assistance dog or search and rescue team member. The Golden Retriever is also highly adaptable, making it perfect as a family pet. Loyal, loving and beautiful, the Golden Retriever is an ideal large breed dog.

Despite their adaptability, Golden Retrievers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Golden Retrievers are prone to include cancer; heart problems such as aortic stenosis; joint conditions such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia; eye issues such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy; and skin problems such as atopy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Golden Retriever inherits more than just a love for joining their family in the field and at home, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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