Rescue A Golden Retriever Dog or Puppy.
Now’s your chance to rescue a golden retriever dog from serious health problems like injuries, and physical ailments. Fortunately, like humans, they can be treated successfully with medications, physical therapy, or surgery. Unlike humans, they can’t tell you what’s bothering them so it’s important for Golden Retriever dog owners to recognize symptoms of common health problems that occur in dogs.
Rescue a golden retriever from infections.
Skin Infections are also called “Hot Spots” and are caused by Staphylococcus bacteria. Increases in the temperature and humidity of the environment may encourage the development of infections. Golden Retriever Dog’s ears should frequently be checked for swelling or excess moisture due to the bacteria that get in them. Many external factors such as ear mites, harsh shampoos, foreign objects like grass seeds, or water that’s trapped in the ear canal can all trigger an infection. Any contagion that spreads to the inner or middle ear can be serious enough to cause deafness or impact your dog’s balance. Even a build-up of ear wax can be a major problem.
Rescue a golden retriever from environmental allergies.
Several forms of allergies can occur in most breeds of dogs. A contact allergy is caused by the skin being constantly in contact with an offensive product such as household deodorizers, rubber chew toys, floor cleaners, detergents, or even plastic dishes. Any sign of itchiness, redness or lesions on the dog’s skin may announce a contact allergy. A hypoallergenic shampoo or topical steroids can be obtained through a vet to counteract the problem.
Some dogs may be sensitive to the saliva of fleas. When bitten, the dog’s skin will be inflamed with little red spots. Typical flea infestation occurs in the back of the thighs, the sides and bottom of the abdomen, and along the back. Flea control products will take care of this problem.
Rescue a golden retriever from food allergies.
Food allergies can also affect Golden retriever dogs. They can have reactions to proteins such as chicken or beef or to certain grains such as rice. Symptoms are usually gastrointestinal and include excessive gas, vomiting, or diarrhea. The only true way to diagnose food allergies is by trial and error. This will take time and the food intake of the dog will have to be watched closely and should be contained to one protein source and one carbohydrate source per trial. Try substituting other protein foods such as venison, duck or fish. Avoid giving chew treats and medication during the testing time.
Rescue a golden retriever from diabetes.
Like humans, Golden Retriever dogs can develop diabetes. The disease can be inherited from its parents. Eating rich, fatty and sugary foods could cause pancreatic issues that result in diabetes. Dogs that have diabetes will be lethargic, drink water excessively, and urinate frequently. To prevent this problem, feed your pet dog food with a minimal amount of table scraps low in fat and sugar. Severe instances of diabetes may require regular Insulin injections from a vet.
Rescue a golden retriever from obesity.
Overeating and lack of exercise can initiate obesity in dogs which leads to higher rates of heart failure, tumors, and liver disease. Additionally, overweight dogs are prone to injury. The extra weight puts much higher stress on the heart, lungs, kidneys, and joints. It can cause respiratory problems in hot weather and during exercise. Heavy fat over the ribs, along the spine, and around the tail would indicate that your Golden retriever dog is obese.
Rescue a golden retriever from arthritis.
Some breeds of dogs are susceptible to joint problems. The ligaments attached to the joint bones can deteriorate over time and cause arthritis. Pure breeds have longer, narrower joints which commonly become distressed. Specifically, Newfoundland’s have the highest prevalence of ligament disease, Rottweilers have more knee and ankle problems, and Burmese mountain dogs get elbow dysplasia. Make sure that an arthritic pet receives all the necessary minerals and vitamins needed each day. If surgery is required, joints can be arthroscopically cleaned or completely replaced.
Keeping your Golden retriever dog healthy involves feeding it well, giving it plenty of exercise, and keeping it clean and well groomed. Regular visits to a vet can reveal any potential issues and prevent much unwanted worry and expense. Rescue a golden retriever today!