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Unfortunately, the Golden Retriever has lots and lots of potential health problems. To keep your golden retriever in good health, watch for the following common health concerns:
Approximately 60% of golden retrievers are affected by cancer.
Canine hip dysplasia (CHD)
Large-breed dogs have a higher risk of canine hip dysplasia. Rapid bone development during the growth stage causes inappropriate joint development, with eventual degeneration and lameness.
Decreased thyroid hormone production causes slowed metabolism, weight gain, and hair loss. Diagnosis is made by measuring thyroid hormone blood levels.
Golden retrievers can develop a sensitivity to environmental allergens, such as pollen, dust mites, and food ingredients. Clinical signs include itchy skin, hair loss, and chronic ear infections, and may be seasonal or year-round.
Canine ichthyosis is a chronic skin condition that causes dry, scaly looking skin. Dried skin flakes off like dandruff, and affected skin can eventually become thickened and discolored.
Other health concerns include: