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Labrador Retrievers are one of the best dog breeds out there. But they come with many possible health issues. knowing some of the more common ones can help you take better care of your dog.

As far as dogs go, Labradors are one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world. Loyal, calm and full of energy, they’re such a popular breed because they aren’t considered particularly dangerous by prospective owners.

For whatever reason you may get one, dogs form a huge part of a lot of people’s family. Whether you’re on your own, in a couple of have a family and children, dogs are the go-to companion and a hugely popular pet. But what happens when a man’s best friend becomes ill or has an off day? Concern, worry and possibly huge vet bills! Take a look below at some of the most commons health problems amongst Labradors.

Patellar Luxation

Patellar Luxation is essentially dislocation of the kneecap bone from the leg. This can affect many dogs, but the activity of a Labrador means they’re a little more susceptible. The kneecap moving out of place can cause a range of pain sensations, from small to excruciating. It is hard to discourage this from happening, mainly because it is so random. The cause is usually from a sharp and direct twist of the leg/knee, but there is no warning sign to this happening. Very much like causing injury to a human leg, there is little you can do to predicting injury. It is possible for a dog to live with this condition, but as it often causes pain, there can be need for an operation to help fix the issue.


Distichiasis is a disorder of the eyelashes that can be seen in both dogs and humans. The disorder sees the eyelash of the Labrador grow in an unusual area of the eye, usually below the standard area and can sometimes touch the eye itself and cause discomfort. The disorder itself comes from a hair follicle that occurs in an abnormal place, and this can be on the top eyelid or lower eyelid even though dogs do not have eyelashes on their lower eyelid. There are a couple of actions that a vet will usually suggest to help a Labrador with distichiasis. Firstly, they may state no cause of action is needed, especially if the eyelash is small. They may also state managing it by prescribing lubricant for the eye to ease discomfort. One other suggestion may be to surgically cut away the part of the eyelid in question, removing the follicle and any discomfort.


Diabetes in dogs is very similar to that of diabetes in humans. Diabetes in a dog means that they cannot utilize insulin in the right way, and therefore see blood sugar levels rise dramatically. Like with humans, there are a couple of types of diabetes in dogs. Type 1, which related to lack of insulin production and type 2 which related to the poor formation of insulin. Dogs can still lead a happy, productive life even if they have diabetes, but there are often medicine needed in order to keep the dog healthy in the form of insulin injections. If diabetes in your Labrador is less severe, it can often be managed through a set, strict diet.

Exercise-Induced Collapse

Exercise-induced collapse is a state of lethargy in dogs that can cause serious health problems, and even in the most severe cases, death. When taking part in exercise that the dog can’t handle, their body starts to shut down, become and become unresponsive, from trailing of the legs, to whole body collapse. There are now DNA tests that can be done to track and identify this disorder. If your dog is seen to have a DNA efficiency that could lead to EIC, you will be advised to cease exercise of the dog. This doesn’t mean, however, that it will continue to affect their life. Dogs with EIC can continue to lead normal lives as house pets, but they should not take part in real physical exercise.

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