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Sensible advice for raising your Curly-Coated Retriever puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Curly-Coated Retrievers, the best dog food diet for feeding Curly-Coated Retriever puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Curly-Coated Retriever dog breed

Curly-Coated Retriever Health Problems and Raising a Curly-Coated Retriever Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


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-Coated Retriever
The best diet for feeding your Curly-Coated Retriever is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Curly-Coated Retriever. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Curly-Coated Retriever
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-Coated Retriever need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


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.


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


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