Curly-Coated Retriever Health Problems and Raising a Curly-Coated Retriever Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
The most common health problems in Curly-Coated Retrievers:
Hip dysplasia is the orthopedic disease to watch out for. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 900 Curly-Coated Retrievers and found 15% dysplastic. That's high, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. For comparison, Flat-Coated Retrievers are at 4%.
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.
The most common eye diseases in Curly-Coated Retrievers are cataracts, which usually 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, osteochondritis, and blood-clotting disease (von Willebrand's).
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Curly-Coated Retriever?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Curly-Coated Retrievers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Curly-Coated Retriever puppy who is genetically healthy.
- Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Curly-Coated Retriever puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Curly-Coated Retriever puppy or adult dog:
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