The Labrador is America’s most beloved dog breed. They are friendly, easy to train, playful, and sociable.
Labs also need less care than other breeds. Nevertheless, Labradors are more susceptible to certain health issues.
These are some possible health issues that your Lab might face, and how you can prevent them.
Many Labs have joint problems like hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia. These conditions can affect the hip and elbow joints and cause pain and immobility.
Although dysplasia can be prevented, it is less likely to affect your dog’s health if they are healthy and eat high-quality, nutritious food. They also need regular low-impact exercise (swimming, for example).
Many supplements are available for dogs with joint problems. However, their effectiveness has not been thoroughly researched. It is best to consult your vet before you try any supplements.
QUICK RECOMMENDATION – Our vet recommended that we take a glucosamine supplement when our Lab Stetson, a black Labrador Retriever, grew older and began experiencing joint pains. We recommend Nutramax Cosequin DS Plus, MSM.
Obesity and Bloat
Many dogs, including Labs, are affected by obesity. It is easy to avoid. Simply monitor your dog’s eating habits and ensure he does not eat too fast or too little at mealtimes.
It may be necessary to portion out your dog’s food in order to prevent him from overeating.
Bloat is a term that refers to excessive water weight. This is usually harmless for humans. Labs can experience bloat, which can lead to serious medical conditions that can be fatal. It is a distended stomach due to a swollen, twisted stomach.
Experts agree that bloat can be caused by a variety of factors. However, it is not possible to determine the exact cause. Your dog shouldn’t exercise too soon after eating.
Stetson could eat a whole bag of food in a matter of minutes if we allowed him. Make sure to regulate how much food you give your dog .
Note: If your dog is a glutton for punishment, then a slow feeder bowl may be a good option. We have tried many slow feeders, but our favorite is the Outward Hound Fun Food Feeder.
Labradors are well known for their large, floppy ears. This gives them a humorous look that is quite endearing. Their large ears make Labs more susceptible to ear infections.
Ear infections can be prevented by making sure your dog’s ears are dry and clean. After bathing or swimming, dry them well and check for signs of infection.
If your dog is suffering from an ear infection, you should immediately take him to the vet.
Heart disease is a very common problem in the canine world. It is quite common for elderly dogs to get heart disease. However, it is possible to prevent this by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
You must ensure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations and that he eats only high-quality food.
Your vet might recommend Vetmedin Chewable Tablets if your dog has been diagnosed with heart disease.
To prevent heart disease, give your pet the recommended vetmedin dosage. Also, make sure you help him maintain a healthy weight.
Linus, our Labrador Mix, was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Disease at the age of 13 1/2. His health quickly declined despite his medication.
Although I am not a veterinarian, I believe the best ways to prevent heart diseases are similar to what a doctor would suggest for you as a human patient.
- Healthy eating
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Regular exercise
These are just a few of the things I believe are important not only for you but also for your dog.
Although there are no guarantees that your Labrador will not develop any of these conditions, it is possible to take preventative measures to reduce your dog’s chances.
You can give your pet the best chance of living a long and happy life by being proactive about his health.