Labrador Health and Disease Prevention
Labradors are usually hardy dogs, but some genetic diseases are more common than others. For example, hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, heart disease.
Hip dysplasia in labradors is of varying severity: mild, moderate and severe. Dogs with a mild degree of dysplasia usually do not seem to show signs of an existing problem throughout their life.
The disease develops if there is a predisposition to dysplasia and if the conditions of detention impede the proper development of hip joints in puppies. Aggravating factors include, but are not limited to, elevated levels of calcium or phosphorus, and an excess of vitamins D, C, and B1. The most reliable way to diagnose is an X-ray and subsequent consultation with a certified specialist.