Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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Golden Retriever Health: 5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Dog’s Life

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Anna Olson
Mar 25 ·

Getting focused early on your dog’s health is one of the most important things you can do as a pet owner. While you should be getting them checked out regularly by a veterinarian, there are other aspects of golden retriever health you should be addressing at home. With these five golden retriever tips, you should be well on your way to a happy and healthy life with your golden retriever companion.

Taking Care Of Your Golden Retriever

Make sure to keep up with your golden retriever’s vet checkups, vaccinations, and heartworm medications. Since golden retrievers are prone to a few genetic health issues, you should be keeping an eye out for symptoms and signs. Here is our list of five health tips for golden retrievers.

1. Brush Your Dog’s Teeth Every Day

Though many dogs develop dental disease, golden retrievers are especially prone to periodontal disease and other tooth problems. From their teeth, any disease can easily spread to their hearts and kidneys. Brushing your golden retriever’s teeth every day with a special dog toothpaste will help prevent dental disease and increase their lifespan.

Golden Retriever Health

2. Prevent Obesity

Golden retrievers are prone to overeating and obesity. Being overweight can make other golden retriever health issues, like joint problems and heart disease, worse. Keep an eye on how much food they are eating when compared to their activity levels. Do not feed them your leftover human food.

Golden Retriever Health

3. Perform Regular Cancer Screenings

One wonderful aspect of golden retrievers is their longer lifespan. Unfortunately, due to their genetic predisposition, most senior dogs will develop some form of cancer. If you have an older golden retriever, keep an eye out for large lumps and bumps while petting. Your vet should incorporate cancer screenings into their regular check-ups once your dog reaches a certain age.

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4. Check Their Eyes

Golden retrievers are likely to develop eye conditions like glaucoma later in life. They are also more likely to develop something called distichiasis, where extra hairs grow inside their eyelids. It is important to contact a veterinarian or emergency animal hospital right away if you see any of the symptoms or signs of glaucoma.

5. Check Their Ears

Golden retrievers may develop ear infections for all sorts of reasons. They are more prone than other breeds because of their very waxy ears. Therefore, you should look inside their ears regularly for wax buildup and signs of infection. Keep an ear cleaning solution on hand and wipe them out with cotton swabs or balls.

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Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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