labrador retriever breed information

common health issues

Labrador Retrievers are known to eat pretty much anything � even holiday decorations! Some of these objects can get stuck and cause a potentially life-threatening problem that often requires surgical intervention.

Tricuspid valve dysplasia is a heart condition which appears to occur more often in Labrador Retrievers than in the general canine population. The most common initial clue to diagnosis will be a heart murmur found by your vet during a routine exam.

Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) 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.

The CCL is a small ligament within the knee that, if traumatized, can snap or tear, causing considerable pain and discomfort. Signs of a partial or complete rupture are limping on the affected leg. Most CCL ruptures require surgical repair.

Not to be confused with obsessive compulsive disorder, the OCD in this case is a disorder of cartilage formation that occurs primarily in relatively young dogs. The most commonly affected joints are the shoulder and elbow but it can also occur in the hip and knee. Surgery is usually required to remove the abnormal cartilage.

As the nation’s most popular breed for more than 10 years, Labrador Retrievers are well-known for their great personality and adaptability.

The modern Labrador's ancestors originated on the Canadian island of Newfoundland from the St. John's Water Dog, a breed that emerged through breedings by early settlers of the island in the 16th century. Labs were originally bred to retrieve game on hunts and nets from water (hence their webbed feet), but thanks to their high aptitude and versatility, they can excel as service dogs to the blind and are a popular resource for search-and-rescue teams. Easily trainable and highly active, Labrador Retrievers make excellent family pets. However, these great dogs can suffer from a number of health issues, some more serious than others.

Despite their versatility and high levels of activity, Labrador Retrievers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Labrador Retrievers are prone to include hip and joint conditions such as hip dysplasia, osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) and cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture; congenital heart conditions such as tricuspid valve dysplasia; and accidents that come as a result of the breed’s curious disposition, such as foreign body ingestion.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your curious Lab has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad hips or a penchant for swallowing socks, you’re protected.

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

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