Labrador Retriever is generally a healthy dog breed but are still prone to some of the diseases described below.
This is an inherited disease most of the dog breeds suffer from.Labrador Retrievers are also prone to Hip Dysplasia.This is a hip joint disorder also occurs in human beings.In dogs it is called Canine Hip Dysplasia.Actually,a hip joint has two main components a ball and a socket.In this disease the ball and socket in the hip joint does not fit together as a result are no longer able to bear the pressure and cause massive friction in joints.This disease usually appears in the early age of a dog's life.It can badly affect the physical activity of your dog and would gradually make it too weak.
A hip anatomy can be useful in confirming that whether your dog is suffering from Hip Dysplasia or not.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy:
It is also an inherited disorder of the retina of the eye usually given resemblance to film used in camera.This disease does not occur at a specific age and the dog suffering from this does not feel any pain.However the disease usually occurs in both of the eyes and gradually makes the dog completely blind.Almost all dog breeds has been seen suffering from this disease.
considerable increase in the shine of eye.Partial vision loss.Difficulty to recognize things specially at night.
This is not very much different from Hip Dysplasia discussed above.Male Labrador Retrievers has been seen more prone to this disease than female Labs.This disease also appears in the early ages of your puppy almost at the age of four month.This is also a genetic disorder and most of the dogs having this suffer from this disease throughout the whole life.
In this disease during the period of bone development the elbows do not develop properly or develops in an abnormal way that later on prevents the right movement of elbow joint.
Dwarfism is also a bone development disorder.In this disease the bones are not developed properly and as a result the dog remains like a 4 month old dog in physical appearance."Osteochondrodysplasia" is a condition of dwarfism that is actually the abnormal development of of both bone and cartilage.
The most important thing is the proper health care and careful and timely vaccination of your pet that can certainly reduce the chances of any disease to occur.