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Health and Nutrition

Labrador retriever health and nutrition information and tips

Common Health Issues in Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers have a good reputation due to their eagerness to please their owner and naturally sweet nature. This breed requires daily exercise to keep their body fit as well as their mind occupied. There are a variety of health issues that are known to affect Labrador Retrievers. While not every Lab will experience health issues, the following are ones that may arise during his or her lifetime.

  • Acute Moist Dermatitis – This skin condition is caused by bacterial infection. Symptoms include inflamed red skin that appears as blotches or spots located throughout the body. Veterinarians will usually prescribe antibiotics and special medicated shampoo to help cure the condition and relieve symptoms.

How to Care for Senior Labrador Retrievers

Your Labrador Retriever has been a part of your family for many years. He or she is now entering their senior years. Although your Lab may still be playful and active, there are specific needs that you will need to provide for him or her in order to make the senior years comfortable and happy. Learn more about caring for senior Labrador Retriever today and your dog will soon be a happy senior.

  • Veterinarian Check-Up – First you will want to schedule a check-up for your Lab at the veterinarian office. The vet will conduct a physical exam, run tests and provide insight into your Lab’s health. If there are any specific illnesses or ailments your veterinarian will provide details on how to cure or lessen symptoms regarding the health issue.

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.
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