Labrador Mix: Things to Know About Golden Labrador Retrievers

Like their purebred origins, Labrador-Golden Retriever mix dogs make amazing furry companions. Here are some facts about this dog breed mix also known as Golden Labrador Retrievers.  #1 The Golden Labrador Retriever was developed more than a decade ago As a mix of Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, the Golden Labrador Retriever was developed over …

Labrador Hip Score and Rating FAQs

What is a Labrador hip score? A Labrador hip score is a rating assigned to a Labrador’s hip joints based on an x-ray evaluation.  Hip scores or ratings are given to determine a dog’s risk of passing on hip dysplasia to his or her offspring. It also gives …

Pyometra in Labradors: 7 Essential Things To Know

Enlarged belly, vaginal discharge, excessive drinking, and frequent urination are common signs of pyometra in Labradors. The risk is the most for unspayed, older female dogs who have not given birth to puppies. The name pyometra was created by adding the medical terms “pyo” (pus) and “metra” (uterus …

Facts About Labrador Heat Cycle You Must Know

Do you own a female Labrador? Whether you plan to breed your Lab or not, you must understand how Labrador heat cycle works to avoid ending up with an unplanned litter of puppies or failed breeding attempts. What does the phrase ‘dog goes into heat’ mean? When a …

FAQs About Labrador Separation Anxiety

Labrador separation anxiety can turn into a serious behavioral issue if not dealt with properly. A popular pet breed, Labrador Retrievers are known for their friendly disposition and social interactions. This makes these dogs prone to separation anxiety. Failure to recognize and deal with this problem can lead …

Diabetes Mellitus in Labradors: How To Safeguard Your Dog

The low insulin level in the blood is the primary cause of diabetes mellitus in Labradors. With the body unable to produce enough insulin, the amount of sugar in the blood rises. Middle-aged dogs are at most risk. If left untreated, the disease can cause liver problems, blindness, …

Ehrlichiosis in Labradors: Treatment and Prevention

The bacteria Ehrlichia is the primary cause of ehrlichiosis in Labradors. There are different species of Ehrlichia and three of them – the E. canis, the E. chaffeensis, and the E. ewingii – can affect your pet. Each of these species transmitted through ticks causes different types of …

Water Diabetes in Labradors: Things To Know About Diabetes Insipidus

What is water diabetes in Labradors? Diabetes insipidus or water diabetes in Labradors is a rare disorder that prevents the body from conserving fluids. The disease is also marked by excessive urination. It is different from diabetes mellitus or diabetes caused by excessive blood sugar. Water diabetes in …

FAQs About Seizures in Labradors

Neurological conditions may lead to seizures in Labradors. Your dog may experience muscle movement difficulties due to the temporary disturbance in the normal brain function. However, contrary to popular belief, a seizure is not a disease but a symptom of multiple misfiring of nerves in the brain. Epilepsy, …

Lyme Disease in Labradors: An Owner’s Guide

Lyme disease in Labradors is difficult to detect and can result in serious health problems. Apart from the United States, the disease is endemic in different parts of the world, including Australia, China, the United Kingdom, and other European countries. Deer ticks are responsible for causing Lyme disease …

Should You Have Your Labrador’s Dewclaws Removed?

Dewclaws are those little claws sticking out on the inner sides of your Labrador’s feet. They are practically like thumbs in dogs. Dogs often have them on the front feet. However, some also have them on their hind feet. Dewclaws are those “toes” that usually don’t reach the …