Some of the most common diseases and health conditions that are responsible for suffering and death in our beloved Golden Retrievers include:
One disease that is responsible for approximately 60% of all Golden Retriever deaths is the dreaded cancer. This high rate of cancer deaths in Golden Retrievers is one that has continually caused concerns among dog owners, and it can be linked to the pooch’s genetics.
There are several forms of cancer that may attack a Golden Retriever, but the most prominent examples include Hermangiosacoma, Lymphosarcoma, Mast Cell Tumor and Osteosarcoma. Of all the aforementioned examples, the most popular form of cancer in Golden Retrievers is Hermangiosacoma, which typically attacks the lining of the dog’s blood vessel.
Heart And Respiratory Diseases
Apart from cancer, another leading cause of death in Golden Retrievers is any of the several heart, lungs or circulatory health conditions. And one heart defect that is responsible for a significantly high number of Golden Retriever deaths is the Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis (SAS, in short).
Causes of SAS in Golden Retrievers isn’t independent of this breed’s typical large size, and it is characterized by the narrowing of the aorta blood vessel that is responsible for carrying oxygenated blood out of the heart; This, in turn, makes it increasingly difficult for the dog’s heart to push out blood, and it may eventually lead to the pooch’s death.
Bloat (also known as Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, GDV) is another serious health condition that can cause death in Golden Retrievers, and other large dog breeds in general. Bloat is the rapid expansion of a Golden Retriever’s stomach, which is caused by the stomach suddenly filling up with gas, food and fluid.
Factors that may cause this sudden expansion of a Golden Retriever’s stomach include unhealthy feeding habits or stress. And if left unattended to, severe cases of bloat can potentially kill a Retriever within hours.
A Golden Retriever suffering from bloat will typically exhibit restlessness, excessive drooling, swelling in the stomach region, pacing, retching, and a tendency to cast nervous glances at its stomach. And immediately you notice any or a combination of these signs, you should seek prompt medical attention for your pooch.
Hip Dysplasia in Golden Retrievers has a significantly lesser casualty rate than the diseases and conditions mentioned above, but regardless, it has a high occurrence rate in this particular dog breed.
Golden Retrievers suffering from this form of dysplasia typically experience abnormal development of the ball and socket joint that is located at the hips, which may lead to permanent disability of the pooch, if left unattended to.
Common causes of Hip Dysplasia in Golden Retrievers include the breed’s typical large size, inadequate exercising, poor diet, as well as an imbalance in the pooch’s hormonal development. And this condition is characterized by the Retriever’s reluctance to stand from a lying position, limping, hesitation to climb stairs and pain in the hind legs.
Other Health Conditions
Apart from those listed above, other common, less-fatal health conditions that a Golden Retriever is predisposed to include:
- Patella luxation
- Ear infections
- Skin infections