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Tips To Caring For A Golden Retriever

Jul 19, 2008
From time to time your Golden Retriever can experience some common health problems. Most of the time, Golden Retriever health problems won't be anything serious, but you will need to know how to treat and prevent them just the same. There are several common Golden Retriever health problems that it is important you take steps to protect your dog from.

The first of these Golden Retriever health problems is the distemper virus, which is an airborne disease. When your Golden Retriever is between six and sixteen weeks of age you can easily avoid this disease by getting your dog three vaccinations and then keeping up their yearly booster shot after that. Some signs you should look for in case your Golden Retriever hasn't been vaccinated include fever, cough, diarrhea and vomiting. It is important to take a Golden Retriever with these signs to the vet right away so treatment can be started and you can help your Golden Retriever get better soon.

Another of the common Golden Retriever health problems is heartworm. These develop in the heart and lung arteries and can be up to twelve inches in length. If left untreated heartworms can lead to heart failure, decrease of blood circulation and death in extreme cases. Since the symptoms of heartworms don't show up until the condition is very severe it is better to prevent the condition from happening in the first place by giving heartworm medicines.

Tapeworms result from fleas and some symptoms you should watch for include weight loss, diarrhea and a biting of the rectal area. Using a rigid flea control can help you to prevent tapeworms in your Golden Retriever. Take your dog to the vet right away if you notice signs of either parasite. You dog can live with either condition through medications or actually be treated but only if you take them to the vet before it is too late.

Rabies is one of the more serious of the Golden Retriever health problems. This is because rabies can have an adverse affect on your dog's nervous system. Typically the disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. You should get your dog a yearly shot in order to prevent the disease.

Seizures, aggression and foaming at the mouth are some symptoms of rabies that you should be aware of. If you suspect your Golden Retriever may have rabies it is important to call your vet immediately.

These are just a selected few of the Golden Retriever health problems, but there are also many other ailments that can affect your dog.

If you suspect any signs of ailments, diseases or health problems then you should contact your vet right away and set up an appointment since there is a better chance of treating medical conditions if they are caught early rather than waiting until the conditions as progressed too far.
About the Author
Carol Matthews is a passionate lover of the Golden Retriever and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Golden Retriever . Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Golden Retriever Care plus a whole lot more.
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