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Health and Nutrition

Labrador retriever health and nutrition information and tips

Food Allergies in Labs

Unfortunately, food allergies are an increasingly common problem in a number of breeds, including the Labrador Retriever. They can develop at any age and be to foods that your dog has been eating for years with no problems. In fact, most allergies take years of exposure to the allergen (item your pet is allergic to) to develop. For this reason, many special diets designed for dogs with food allergies make use of unusual proteins, grains, and vegetables. The hope is that your pet has had little previous exposure to the food components and so is less likely to react to them.

Allergy Symptoms

The Genetics of Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)

Exercise Induce Collapse (EIC) is a condition most often seen in field trial Labrador Retrievers. However, the gene responsible for this disease has also been found in Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Boykin Spaniels, German Wirehaired Pointers, Old English Sheepdogs, Bouviers des Flandres, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

Symptoms

The symptoms of EIC tend to develop within five to twenty minutes of intense exercise combined with a high level of excitement. The excitement is an important component of a collapse. Affected dogs can do exercises that do not cause as much excitement for much longer without developing any signs of weakness or collapse.

Dock Diving with Your Lab

Dock diving is one of the fastest growing canine sports out there and it is perfect for any dog that loves water, which makes it tailor made for Labs. No other sport combines the breed’s love of water with retrieving to such great effect. It sprang up out of a common summer cottage activity. Tossing sticks out in the water for your Lab to leap in after and retrieve. So many great afternoons spent enjoying the sunshine and water with your best friend.

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