5 Common Golden Retriever Health Issues and How to Treat Them

Common Golden Retriever Health Issues and How to Treat Them

The Golden Retriever is almost incomparable in terms of beauty, loyalty, and friendliness. We welcome them into our homes and let them live among family (and, in most cases, like kings), providing us with company and security.


They are unquestionably lively creatures who, with the spot-on temperament and confidence, are often the head of hunting breeds. Golden Retrievers are one of the top most popular dog breeds of all time.

The good, however, is accompanied with the bad. In this situation, regardless of how gorgeous a canine appears on the outside, they may be a ticking time bomb of health problems on the inside. We understand that you want to take good care of your dogs because you love them so much. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the health issues we’ll be discussing with you during the life of your Golden.


You can create a preventative health plan to look for and possibly prevent some predictable risks by learning about health concerns particular to Golden Retrievers.

5 Common Golden Retriever Health Issues, Symptoms and Prevention


  1. Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia, which happens when the ball and socket section of the hip joint is developed improperly, is more common in Golden Retrievers. Hip dysplasia is a hereditary disorder that affects larger dogs at a higher rate than smaller dogs, resulting from their rapid growth spurts during puppyhood, putting additional stress on their joints.


Elbow dysplasia is also typical in Golden Retrievers, research estimates that 10% of Golden Retrievers may have the condition at some time in their lives.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Swaying
  • Trouble standing
  • Decreased activity
  • Limping and stiffness
  • Unusual sitting positions
  • Difficulty or hesitant in physical activities like running, jumping or climbing

Prevention and Treatment

Your veterinarian can treat hip and elbow dysplasia with medication, surgery, and dietary supplements. A healthy weight and regular exercise are also important for reducing the severity of dysplasia.

As a precautionary step, your veterinarian may recommend feeding your Golden Retriever puppy a large-breed growth food. Large-breed growth food has little effect on their adult size, but it may help your puppy prevent the mentioned disorders.


  1. Cataracts

Cataracts develop when a dog’s lens becomes partially or completely opaque, obstructing their vision. Cataracts cause total blindness in the affected eye and give the eye a cloudy, whitish look. Although cataracts are usually hereditary, there are times when this isn’t the case. It could just be a symptom of other health issues, like old age, diabetes, radiation exposure, inflammation, or something else.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Clumsiness
  • Changes in eye color
  • Rubbing or scratching eyes
  • Changes in pupil size or shape

Prevention and Treatment

Golden Retrievers are genetically prone to cataracts, which cannot be avoided. Regular veterinarian care, on the other hand, can help prevent other risk factors like diabetes and allow health concerns such as cataracts to be detected and treated early. Many dogs adapt well to losing their vision and get along just fine. Surgical removal of cataracts and restoration of vision may also be a possibility.


  1. Aortic Stenosis and Heart Problems

Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve in the heart narrows, forcing the body to work harder to pump blood through the valve. Golden Retrievers are one of the most vulnerable dog breeds to get the condition. Aortic Stenosis can cause the heart to be strained and lead to heart failure.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Coughing
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Open-mouth breathing

Prevention and Treatment

Aortic stenosis can be detected early with regular veterinarian treatment, including as physical examinations, blood tests, and urinalysis. Medication or, in severe cases, surgery can be used to treat aortic stenosis. If caught early enough, this illness can be treated with medicine as well as dietary supplementation.


  1. Panosteitis

Panosteitis is a painful inflammation of the shaft of the dog’s leg that most typically affects large dog breeds like Golden Retrievers. It is a condition that occurs as a result of fast leg growth and can result in limping. Male dogs are affected at a higher incidence than female dogs of the same breed, presumably due to their larger size.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Sudden limping

Prevention and Treatment

Your dog’s veterinarian can check for panosteitis and give him pain killers to make him feel better. Other preventative measures, like as large-breed growth food, may aid in slowing your dog’s growth and reducing bone strain.


  1. Bloat

Bloat is a dangerous illness that affects many large, barrel-chested dog breeds, not only golden retrievers. Bloat occurs when a dog’s stomach is filled with gas, food, or liquids, causing it to expand rapidly. The stomach exerts undue pressure on other organs, potentially obstructing blood flow, ripping the stomach wall, and interfering with regular breathing. In many cases, a disease known as gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) causes the dog’s stomach to turn inside out.

Signs and Symptoms


  • Restlessness
  • Enlarged abdomen
  • Retching or heaving
  • Lying in a prayer position

Prevention and Treatment

Bloat is most usually caused by your dog eating too much at once. As a result, it’s a good idea to divide your dog’s daily meal budget into multiple portions throughout the day. It’s the result of your dog gulping air, which happens more frequently when they’re eating a lot of food. You should also wait at least an hour after meals before exercising him.


  1. Ear Infections

Any dog, like any person, can have an ear infection. The Golden Retriever, on the other hand, is more susceptible to this condition than many other dogs because of his wide, floppy ears. Dogs with pointy ears are less likely to accumulate moisture that can lead to infection since the inner parts of their ears are more exposed to air.

Signs and Symptoms


  • Unusual odor
  • Excessive scratching
  • Aggressive head shaking

Prevention and Treatment

Being preventative and cleaning your dog’s ears on a regular basis is a smart idea. Many of these infections can be avoided by vaccination, which veterinarians will recommend depending on the diseases they find in our area, as well as age and other conditions.


When you have a pet, it’s usually a good idea to be aware of all the potential dangers that come with it. Dogs come in a wide variety of breeds, which is why it is important to understand not only common canine ailments, but also the chronic conditions to which your dog breed is prone. Even though Golden Retrievers are generally healthy, they are more susceptible to specific health issues than other dogs, so it’s important to be aware of them.

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