Most common health problems in Curly-Coated Retrievers, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Curly-Coated Retriever

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Curly-Coated Retriever, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Curly already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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Curly-Coated Retriever Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Curly-Coated Retriever health problems

The "Big Three" health problems in Curlies are hip dysplasia (pain and lameness), epilepsy (seizures), and heart disease – all very worrisome.

Then eye diseases, especially cataracts.

As with all deep-chested breeds, Curlies are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Skin conditions can be problematic, either chronic itchy allergies or hair loss.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Curly-Coated Retriever have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, heart disease, and hip dysplasia, your Curly has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your Curly-Coated Retriever, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Curly-Coated Retriever puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Curly-Coated Retriever puppy or adult dog:

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Curly-Coated Retriever lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Curly
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Curly-Coated Retriever. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Curly
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Curly-Coated Retriever. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Curly-Coated Retriever puppy really need? Does your adult Curly-Coat need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Curly-Coated Retriever. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Curly-Coated Retriever. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


Complete list of Curly-Coated Retriever health problems

Hip dysplasia is the orthopedic disease to watch out for. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 1200 Curly-Coated Retrievers and found 16% dysplastic. Osteochondritis also occurs in the breed.

Epilepsy and heart disease (subaortic stenosis and patent ductus arteriosus) are both serious concerns in Curlies.

Allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Another skin disease that can occur in Curly-Coated Retrievers is follicular dysplasia.

Cataracts can appear at 2-4 years old. Also eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion), eyelash abnormalities, corneal dystrophy, retinal dysplasia, persistent pupillary membranes, and occasionally progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

As with all deep-chested breeds, Curlies are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Other health issues in Curly-Coated Retrievers include hypothyroidism andblood-clotting disease (von Willebrand's).


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