Friendly and fond of children - that's the Golden Retriever. The blonde four-legged friend is actually relatively robust and has an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. Some animals even live to be more than 15 years old. The prerequisite for such an old age is of course maintaining the health of the fur nose. It is therefore all the more important that pet owners are familiar with the breed-typical diseases of the Golden Retriever so that they can react immediately if necessary.
A typical problem, as with many pedigree dogs, is also the eyes with the golden retriever. Cataracts and retinal shrinkage are common. The lens clouding, which is responsible for the cataract, is often not discovered in puppy age, so that the disease only comes to light in the adult stage. Retinal shrinkage, on the other hand, is one of the slowly but steadily progressing diseases. It is hereditary and the dogs have to get used to the onset of blindness. The complete loss of eyesight in most cases - if at all - only occurs in old age.
Golden Retriever: An ideal dog for the whole family
Epilepsy in the Golden Retriever
Epilepsy is also one of the typical diseases in the Golden Retriever. The disease is usually diagnosed in dogs between the ages of one and three years. The four-legged friends often get the seizures, including the twitches, when they are at rest or when they are sleeping. You can even lose consciousness for a moment. A common side effect of epilepsy is sudden and uncontrolled urination. However, medication can make your dog's life as normal as possible and minimize seizures.
Other possible diseases
In addition, dogs of this large breed often suffer from hip dysplasia (malformation of the hip joint) and elbow dysplasia (malformation of the elbow joint), which can lead to increasing movement restrictions with increasing age. However, measures are already being taken in many breeding associations to reduce the inheritance of these predispositions. For example, breeding selection has become significantly stricter in recent years. However, if the dog tends to be overweight or is often physically overwhelmed, for example by climbing stairs, these diseases can be favored.
Also more common than other dog breeds, mast cell tumors occur in the Golden Retriever, which usually form in the skin or subcutaneous tissue. These can be benign or malignant, but should always be treated as early as possible. In the worst case, this tumor disease can lead to the death of the animal.