Common health problems and illness
Hip and elbow dysplasia
Hip and elbow dysplasia develops when the bones that form the joint develop abnormalities in the cartilage that lines the surface of the joint or the structures around it. Hip dysplasia can vary widely in severity, from premature arthritis and lameness in middle age to severe disability in a young dog.Keep an eye out for signs of this which can range from a reluctance to exercise to moving awkwardly.
Lipomas and lumps
Lipomas are benign (non cancerous) fat deposits, or fatty tumours and can develop in Labradors, as well as most other dogs. These types of lumps are generally not painful Lipomas are most often found on the torso, neck, upper legs and armpits, but they can occur almost anywhere.They vary in shape and size but most take the form of a solitary slow growing lump.
The skin is the largest organ of a dog’s body and a number of disorders can affect it. Like other dogs, Labradors can suffer from allergies that lead to dermatitis (skin inflammation). Allergies can be caused by many different things, including something your dogs inhaled (such as pollen or dust mites), something they've eaten (for example, wheat), something your Lab's come into contact with (for example, washing powders), or bites from fleas and ticks.
Another skin problem, pyoderma (meaning ‘infection of the skin’) is usually caused by bacteria, fungi (‘ringworm’) or yeasts. Skin disorders can be managed using various treatments, usually required long-term, which means the dog can get on with enjoying life.
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