So you just brought home a wiggly little Golden Retriever puppy who’s tumbling across your yard and snuggling by your side. Now what?
It’s important to feed your Golden a well-balanced diet, give them regular exercise, and stay on top of their grooming needs. It’s also necessary to be well-informed about your Golden’s health needs and the breed’s unique characteristics.
Golden Retrievers, just like any other dog breed, are prone to certain health conditions, but those health concerns may change throughout the course of their life. There are many steps you can take to help your golden live the longest, healthiest, happiest life they can, and one of the first steps is preparing yourself.
We looked into our database of pet health records to find what conditions are most common or prominent in Golden Retrievers in each stage of their life. Many of these conditions can be treated using cutting-edge veterinary medicine, and many can be costly to treat, but with dog insurance you can alleviate that cost and focus on giving your Golden the best care possible—no matter what stage of life they are in.
As a Puppy
Anyone who has ever met a puppy will know how curious and clumsy they can be. This is especially true of Goldens, who often get their mouths on things that they shouldn’t—something that is natural for many retrievers— and run into many bone and joint issues as they grow.
Watch your puppy to make sure they don’t swallow anything they shouldn’t. Sometimes a sock or a chicken bone can wreak havoc on the digestive system and your dog may need surgery to remove the object. The costs to remove these objects can vary significantly but cost on average about $870 to treat with a veterinarian.
It’s also important to watch your puppy for signs of joint problems as they grow. Golden Retrievers are more prone to hip dysplasia than many other breeds and many times it is diagnosed when they are young. Hip dysplasia is an inherited disease that causes the hip joints to form improperly and can often be costly to treat. It can also lead to arthritis later in life.
As an Adult
As your Golden Retriever grows out of lanky adolescence and reaches adulthood, they may become less interested in eating non-edibles and other issues may become more prominent. Many Golden Retrievers will rupture their CCL, or knee ligament, at some point in their lives—one of the most costly common conditions Trupanion sees, averaging about $2,900 to treat.
Many Goldens are also diagnosed with skin conditions, often caused by allergies, as they reach maturity. You should also monitor your Golden for masses or tumors, also common in the breed, and have a veterinarian check anything that looks unusual.
As a Senior
As your Golden Retriever reaches their golden years, it’s important to continue monitoring them for joint issues. As with many senior dogs, your Golden may develop arthritis, which can be managed with the help of your veterinarian.
Sadly, cancer is also common in Golden Retrievers. As with most conditions, the earlier you are able to catch it, the better the prognosis and cost to treat it will be.
A trusted veterinarian is a great partner when it comes to your pet’s health, and can help you better understand prominent health risks throughout your pet’s life.
Enrolling your Golden with pet insurance can help alleviate veterinary costs so you can always choose the best treatment for your pup. It’s a great idea to sign your Golden up for pet insurance early on to make sure they’re covered every step of the way.
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