Common Conditions and Cures For Our
Great and Glorious Goldens

Our beloved Golden Retrievers are known for being extra friendly. Extra intelligent. And extra loyal.
The least we can do is go the extra mile to keep them healthy!

Solar, Golden Retriever
Thriving pet since 2012

Below are some of the most common health conditions with Goldens,
and what we can do to make them feel a whole lot better.

If You Notice This:

  • Scratching
  • Biting
  • Chewing
  • Licking
  • Scooting
  • Rubbing
  • Hair loss
  • Redness or rashes on the skin
  • Discoloration of the hair coat
  • Scales or scabs on the skin
  • Greasy, smelly hair coat

...It Could Be This:

Allergic Skin Conditions or Disease
All of these signs can appear early in a Golden Retriever’s life. Common allergies may be environmental, food, or flea-related and may present first as pruritus (the medical term for itching).

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...And You Should Do This:

If you see any of these signs of skin disease, make an appointment with your veterinarian, who will conduct tests to rule out common skin infections prior to taking steps to diagnose—and treat—your dog’s skin allergies or disease.

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If You Notice This:

  • Drop off in activity
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty getting up, walking or running, climbing stairs or jumping
  • Hindlimb lameness or limping

...It Could Be This:

Joint Disease

Golden Retrievers are predisposed at birth to joint disease, including Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia. These diseases are due to an abnormality in the formation of the hip or elbow joint.

Goldens can also develop other joint diseases at a young age such as Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) and Arthritis from Hip Dysplasia. OCD is a defect in the cartilage in the joint that appears most commonly in the shoulder.

Injuries and older age can expose Golden Retrievers to other joint concerns such as:

  • Cruciate ligament rupture (ACL tears in the knee)
  • Meniscal tears in the knee
  • Osteoarthritis

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...And You Should Do This:

If you see any of these signs of joint disease, make an appointment with your veterinarian, who will conduct tests to determine the most effective form of treatment.

Remember that obesity can exacerbate joint disease, so feed your Golden Retriever appropriately and limit treats if necessary. Also, give them proper exercise (if they’re able to exercise).

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If You Notice This:

  • Head shaking
  • Head tilt
  • Pain when petting/touching ears
  • Redness or swelling in or around ears
  • Odor or discharge from ears
  • Dizziness/vertigo
  • Loss of hearing

...It Could Be This:

Ear infection (OTITIS)

Much like skin disease, most ear infections in Golden Retrievers are related to allergies. Their breed and activities (like swimming) can also predispose them to ear disease. Remember that infections can affect one or both ears.

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...And You Should Do This:

If you see any of these signs of ear infection or disease, make an appointment with your veterinarian, who will conduct tests to determine the most effective form of treatment.

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Take Note!

Golden Retrievers love food and treats, but they have a propensity to put on weight easily. It is important to feed your Golden Retriever a specific portion of food at specific times of the day. As weight gain can lead to the joint problems mentioned above, it’s important to manage the diet and weight of your golden.

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...And You Should Do This:

Specific diets and nutritional advice can be given by your veterinarian. Make sure to discuss this with your veterinarian to make sure your golden has

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Suggested Services for Golden Retrievers

Nose-to-Tail Comprehensive Pet Exams are $25

Dermatology Exam

$25

Preventive care such as flea/tick prevention will help your pet stay free from pests. We also can run tests to rule out common skin infections.

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Nutrition Consultation

$25

Because Golden’s are more predisposed to joint problems, making sure their weight and joints are in good shape will help prevent future pain.

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Ear Services

From $20

Keeping your Golden’s ears cleaned regularly will help prevent painful ear infections for your dog later in life. We recommend regular checkups.

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Download the Golden Retriever Quick Info Sheet