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Common Health issues of a Labrador Retriever are, eye problems and hip and elbow dysplasia .

Breeders often have their breeding stock OFA eye test so they can avoid passing along genetic eye diseases. Make sure you ask your breeder if they do this important testing! 

A OFA eye exam is a comprehensive eye exam performed by a certified veterinary ophthamoligist. OFA eye exams can uncover a wide range of inherited eye problems, including conditions affecting the eyelids, cornea (surface of eye), iris ( colored portion of the eye), lens, retina and oplic disc ( in the back of the eye). Juvenile cataracts, corneal dstrophy and progressive retinal atrophy in young dogs are specific conditions evaluated on a OFA eye exam.

 

Elbow dysplasia is a condition involving multiple developmental abnormalities of the elbow-joint  in the dog , specifically the growth of cartilage or the structures surrounding it.
Hip dysplasia in dogs is a disease of the hip in which the ball and socket joint  is malformed. This malformation means that the ball portion and its socket don’t properly meet one another, resulting in a joint that rubs and grinds instead of sliding smoothly.
EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse) - Affected dogs typically become weak in the hind limbs and collapse after 5-20 minutes of high intensity exercise, such as in field trials or upland game hunting, and in some cases simple fetch and retrieves.
DNA TESTING TO RULE OUT GENETIC DISORDERS:
CNM (Centronuclear Myopathy) - By a few months old the dog suffers generalised muscle weakness and becomes increasingly disabled. The dog may also suffer from megaoesophagus which causes difficulty with swallowing. CNM is an inherited recessive mode of inheritance (both parents have to have the faulty gene for the progeny to be affected by the disease).

PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) - refers to retinal disease that cause blindness. An inherited disease with a recessive mode of inheritance (both parents have to have the faulty gene for the progeny to be affected by the disease).

HEALTH ISSUES
Cystinuria - a genetic defect in the kidney tubules. Normal kidneys filter the amino acid cystine and do not allow it to go into the urine. In dogs with cystinuria, this filtering action fails, and cystine passes into the urine, where it can form crystals and/or stones (uroliths). If stones form, they can block the urethra and obstruct urinary flow, especially in males.
DM (Degenerative myelopathy)  - a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs. The disease has an insidious onset typically between 8 and 14 years of age. Degenerative myelopathy is a devastating disease causing progressive paralysis in a large number of dog breeds.

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