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Health and Nutrition

Labrador retriever health and nutrition information and tips

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.

Colitis in Labrador Dogs

It’s true – even Labradors get Colitis. But what is this canine disease? Colitis has different classifications based on the predominant cell types present in the intestinal lining. There are four types: eosinophilic, histiocytic, plasmacytic-lymphocytic, and granulomatous. In some cases, it is caused by a genetic defect, especially with the plasmacytic-lymphocytic and histiocytic forms. Other cases of colitis cannot be pinpointed or explained. Colitis in Labradors can be the result of the following:

• Infectious diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, or parasites (particularly whipworms)
• Cancer of the colon
• Dietary intolerance
• Medications including antibiotics
• Pancreatitis
• Dietary indiscretion

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