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Labrador retriever health and nutrition information and tips

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.


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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Cervical Vertebral Instability in Labradors

Cervical Vertebral Instability, which is also known as Wobbler Syndrome, covers a variety of conditions that arise as a result of the presence of lesions in the spinal cord, located at the base of the neck (known as the caudal cervical spine). These lesions serve as a compressive agent on the spinal cord.

Many factors have been linked to predisposing the condition, including nutritional, genetic, and biochemical factors. Other minor causes that can cause this condition include cancer, juvenile orthopedic diseases, diskospondylitis, and inflammatory conditions of the spinal cord.

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