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									Medical Problems Of Golden Retrievers


Epilepsy
Also known as seizures, epilepsy disorders normally occur from viral infections, and environmental factors
as well. Even though an inaccessible seizure isn’t always a problem, dogs that have recurring seizures
should never be bred. Vets can recommend medicines that control recurring seizures, although medicine
isn’t always effective. Although epilepsy doesn’t affect the health of a Golden Retriever, it does have an
effect on breeding. You can never tell if it is indeed heredity, therefore breeding is pretty much out of the
question - to avoid passing it on to the litter.


Skin allergies
Skin allergy is the most common medical issue with Golden Retrievers. Skin allergy is normally the result
of allergens such as flea bites, dust, airborne pollen, food, and even mold. Symptoms will vary, although
they can include bits, scratching, licking, and even ear infections. Diet is extremely important here, as it can
help to prevent a lot of these problems. If you consult with your vet, you can more than likely eliminate the
risks your pet has of getting a skin allergy.


Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is a condition that causes the thyroid gland to malfunction. Golden Retrievers that are
affected by this disease will normally show such symptoms as coat problems or obesity. This medical
problem can also result in a lack of fertility as well. A lack of fertility can be a big problem for breeders, as
it makes it very hard for the affected Golden Retriever to breed.


The treatment of hypothyroidism involves taking the oral supplement for hypothyroidism on a daily basis.
Once it has been treated successfully, the prognosis will appear to be normal and dog will have a normal,
healthy life span, providing there are no other medical problems. This condition is somewhat common with
Golden Retrievers, and can be diagnosed by your vet.


Some Golden’s who suffer from hypothyroid problems will have seizures, although this will stop once they
go on the oral treatment medicine. Even though the hypothyroid condition isn’t associated with epilepsy,
you should monitor your dog to be on the safe side. You don’t want to take any chances with your dog
coming down with epilepsy, which is why you should always have your vet do routine checks.


Even though medical problems are somewhat common with Golden Retrievers, you can help to prevent
them by making sure your dog is healthy. If you do your part and make sure that you treat your Golden
well, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Golden Retrievers are generally healthy dogs, although
they can get ill from time to time. If you take your dog to the vet and get him treated as soon as he gets sick
- he’ll be better and back to his normal self in no time at all.


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