Health Concerns To Be Vigilant With Before Undergoing Labrador Retriever Training, Pt. 1

September 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Dog Training Information

There are particular health concerns that could drastically affect your labrador retriever training routines. Although labrador retrievers are generally healthy and active, they are also susceptible to a few genetic and environmental medical conditions. Indeed, such breed is at risk from several health conditions, particularly if they are deficient in the forms of exercise and training as well as in diet and nutrition that their bodies necessitate. Still, the main activator of most labrador health problems is their genes.

This is exactly why you ought to make certain that your dog has been properly-bred so that you can avoid dealing with untoward situations, especially those matters concerning your pet’s health and wellbeing. You must always be cautious about your dog’s health and be well-informed of the many things that could have an effect on his health and training. In this way, you can have more fun, ease and success when implementing various labrador retriever training courses.

So, what are some of the troublesome health issues that you should be cautious about, particularly if you would like complete many distinct dog training programs?

Hip and joint problems

Hip and elbow dysplasia are the prevalent orthopedic conditions that a lot of large dogs like labrador retrievers suffer from. A combination of genetic and environmental factors could activate its progression, particularly if your dog has not been carefully bred and looked after appropriately. This condition typically end up in a degenerative joint disease that brings about elevated pain and immobility. In addition, some symptoms may not be obvious. This is why it’s a must that you do regular vet visits, particularly if your dog shows discomfort during training or exercise. Basically, certain limitations must be regarded as, particularly with regards to the forms of dog training and exercise that you wish your labrador to achieve. You need to make certain that you’re not driving your lab to his limits. Be the one to take charge, yet be sensitive to his needs.

Eye disorders

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is probably the most serious and troublesome eye disorder that a labrador retriever can endure. Such condition is one of the many genetic degenerative eye diseases that affect the dog’s retina. It causes vision impairment that often leads to blindness. PRA is the most leading cause of blindness that is prevalent in adult dogs of nearly all breed and size. Sad to say, there is no cure for this condition; be it through surgical procedures or drug remedies. Still, it can actually be suppressed or slowed down. These days, there are special diet programs being promulgated to help decelerate the progress of such disorder. Furthermore, you can diagnose some early indicators of the disease by having your lab assessed by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist.

Obviously, a dog that is suffering from any eye problem is not really efficient during training. But, such condition shouldn’t be a reason for you to give up on your dog. Unsurprisingly, labrador retrievers that are visually-impaired are not inevitably useless and unhappy. Remember, canines have superb sense of smell; your dog will benefit from his other senses to function normally. What you need to do is give your lab the assurance that you will always be there for him, to lead and look after his needs. For a dog, blindness doesn’t mean the end for him. You can still conduct a number of labrador retriever training activities despite your dog’s condition.

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