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Common Labrador Retriever Health Problems

As a whole most Labs live a healthy life with minimal health problems. There are some serious genetic health problems that Lab owners should be aware of including Elbow and Hip Dysphasia and Progressive Retinal Atrophy.



Hip Dysphasia
Hip Dysphasia is an inherited health problem that many larger breeds are susceptible to. The Labrador is no exception and is another reason of why it is so important to know the bloodline of your Lab.


Elbow Dysplasia
Elbow Dysplasia is a term that is actually used for several distinct, inherited elbow abnormalities. A few of these abnormalities include osteochondrosis dessicans, and and ununited anconeal process. The various abnormalities have a higher instance in males due to the larger size.Affecting over 12% of Labrador Retrievers that have been tested this serious health problem is not one that should be overlooked.


Eye Health Concerns for Lab Owners
A major health issue that labs face is Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). This is illness affects the eyes and can lead to blindness in the Labrador. In addition to PRA the Lab is susceptible to several other eye diseases including cataracts and Retinal Dysplasia.


Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Progressive Retinal Atrophy involves a deterioration of the retina of the eye that is used to receive light. In most cases onset occurs about mid-life between the ages of 4 6 years. Due to the late onset, it makes it very difficult to detect and test the cause of this health problem.