Common health issues
Foreign Body Ingestion
- Labrador Retrievers are known to eat pretty much anything � even holiday decorations! Some of these objects can get stuck and cause a potentially life-threatening problem that often requires surgical intervention.
Tricuspid valve dysplasia
- Tricuspid valve dysplasia is a heart condition which appears to occur more often in Labrador Retrievers than in the general canine population. The most common initial clue to diagnosis will be a heart murmur found by your vet during a routine exam.
Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD)
- Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture
- The CCL is a small ligament within the knee that, if traumatized, can snap or tear, causing considerable pain and discomfort. Signs of a partial or complete rupture are limping on the affected leg. Most CCL ruptures require surgical repair.
Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD)
- Not to be confused with obsessive compulsive disorder, the OCD in this case is a disorder of cartilage formation that occurs primarily in relatively young dogs. The most commonly affected joints are the shoulder and elbow but it can also occur in the hip and knee. Surgery is usually required to remove the abnormal cartilage.