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Labrador retriever health and nutrition information and tips

Preventing Heatstroke in Your Labrador Retriever

It’s no secret that Labrador Retrievers enjoy participating in summer fun, especially swimming. While this may be one of the most exciting seasons of the year, you will want to prevent your dog from getting Heatstroke. There are a variety of tips that will help you and your Lab get through the summer heat without getting heatstroke. Follow these beneficial tips and you will make your Lab’s summer safe and fun.

  • NEVER leave your Lab in a Hot Car – Taking your Lab for a ride in the car or truck is fun. However, you will want to make sure that you don’t leave your dog in the hot car. Temperatures in a car rise quickly and can cause heatstroke in your dog. One of the best ways to avoid this is leaving your dog at home while you run errands.

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.

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