Golden Retrievers are the second most commonly registered breed with the American Kennel Club. With friendly, obedient, and energetic dispositions, these large dogs make great family pets. They do require lots of attention and a regular schedule to keep them happy, healthy, and secure. Despite their large and expressive eyes, the Golden Retriever is a surprisingly gentle dog. Below you will find a list of common ailments to watch out for.
And, of course, don’t forget to have your dog examined by a veterinarian right away, so that any health concerns are identified as quickly as possible.
Cataracts: Cataracts are the outer coating of the eye. They can develop through a normal life cycle, when exposed to dust, debris, and other shunning particles. This condition is often genetically inherited, especially in blue eyes. A dog with a cataract will have its vision progressively cloudier until it becomes difficult to navigate around objects. Although a life without a cataract isn’t usually considered life threatening, routine exam should be performed.
Distichiasis: This is a condition characterized by an eyelash that grows from the end of the eyelid and grows into the eye. It can cause intense irritation and pain to your dog.
- Entropion: This is a condition in which the eyelids roll inwards, towards the back of the eye. This affliction can distress your dog and can result in corneal abrasions and ulcers.
Keratitis: Keratitis is a condition in which the cornea becomes inflamed. This condition is commonly caused by excessive exposure to the sun. umbinary and conjunctivitis symptoms are typically seen when a dog suffers from excessive moisture or warmth.
The signs and symptoms below are generally Helpful indications of canine eye disease:
What you should do next will depend on the cause of eye disease:
Certain diseases only a few weeks old and puppies in the advanced stage of irreversible bone structure are usually prone to eye disease. In cases like these, prevention is the key to a good quality of life. If the disease is caused by trauma to the head, muzzle injuries, violent illnesses or diseases can lead to poor eye status in dogs. Due to the lack of appropriate care, outcome is normally failing airlines that refuse to accept dogs with cloudy eyes and vets that are not compassionate towards canine eye health.
A dog whose eyes are bloodshot bright red or white should be seen by a vet right away. Such indicators of poor eye health are unusual for many healthy dogs. If it persists, a vet should be consulted and eye testing performed.
Blue or greenish discharges that do not fade away into thin white lines are abnormal and may be a symptom of canine eye disease. They can be caused by bacterial infections. This condition may also be accompanied by sudden loss of appetite, depression and heavy head tremors.
The initial signs of canine eye disease are discharges coming from the eyes but do not last long. They are usually gone by the time the dog is seen by a vet. Discharges seen from the eyes may be a result of inflammation, foreign bodies and hair clumps. These can be treated mainly through oral antibiotics. If the infections do not clear up, then ointment or eye drops may be prescribed.
If Clcyclomegal is diagnosed, it is important to reduce the potential infection risks and improve the dog’s ocular health. Excess T2lling in eyes may be a genetic condition in some breeds, so you should be thorough when breed selection to minimize the risk. General hygiene is important in cleaning and hygiene before and after playing and exercising with your dog.
Breeds predisposed to Clcyclomegalmia include but are not limited to the following: Basset Hounds, Standard Poodles, Kerry Blue Terriers, American Eskimo Dogs, American Staffordshire Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Labrador Retrievers, Irish Setters, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Bichon Frise, Irish Water Spaniel, and Poodle.
Ekodels (or Eskies) are predisposed to the condition and Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Yorkshire Terriers, and Chow Chows are predisposed. King Charles Spaniels,Indians, white Standard Poodles, and all black or parti-color Poodles are other dogs that are at high risk.
Most infections are mild and cause no symptoms. Rarely, a blockage may form that requires emergency assistance of a veterinarian. Also, keep an eye on a dog that seems to be “sluggish” or is lowest on energy.