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The Golden Retriever
The following diseases are reported to occur more frequently in the Golden Retriever than in the general dog population. In some cases the disease either has, or is believed to have, a genetic, hereditary cause but many of the diseases listed here do not have a proven genetic basis. 

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Alimentary tract diseases
This section includes diseases that involve the mouth, oesophagus (gullet), stomach, small intestine (duodenum and ileum), large intestine (colon and rectum), liver and pancreas.

Diseases involving the mouth

Diseases affecting the gullet (oesophagus)

Diseases involving the pancreas

Diseases affecting the small intestine

  • Lymphangiectasia

Diseases affecting the large intestine

Blood diseases


  • Brain tumours (primary)
  • Fibroma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Haemangioma (skin)
  • Haemangiosarcoma (skin)
  • Histiocytoma (benign fibrous)
  • Insulinoma
  • Lymphoma (non-epitheliotropic)
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Mast cell tumours
  • Melanoma
  • Nasal cavity tumours
  • Oropharyngeal cancer
  • Skin tumours
  • Sweat gland tumour
  • Thyroid neoplasia
  • Trichoepithelioma
  • Uveal tumours (congenital-iris/choroid)

Cardiovascular diseases

Heart valve disorders Abnormal development of major blood vessels to the heart

Heart muscle disease

  • Duchenne's X-linked muscular dystrophy cardiomyopathy

Other cardiac disorders

Eye diseases

Diseases of the eyeball
  • Glaucoma (primary)
  • Lacrimal punctal aplasia
  • Medial canthal pocket syndrome
  • Multiple ocular defects

Diseases of the eyelids

Diseases of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane)

Diseases of the cornea

Diseases of the lens

Diseases of the retina

  • Central progressive retinal atrophy
  • Optic nerve colobomas
  • Pseudopapilloedema
  • Retinal dysplasia (Multifocal and geographic)

Diseases of the uvea

  • Tumours (congenital)
  • Pigmentary uveitis
  • Uveal cysts

Hormonal diseases

Immune system diseases

Kidney and Urinary tract disease

  • Ectopic ureters
  • Renal dysplasia
  • Silica urolithiasis

Liver diseases

  • Portosystemic shunt (congenital)

Nervous system diseases

  • Brain tumour (primary)
  • Eosinophilic meningoencephalitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypomyelination of PNS
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia gravis (acquired)
  • Myopathy

Orthopaedic diseases

Reproductive disorders

  • Congenital preputial stenosis

Respiratory diseases

Skin diseases

  • Acral lick dermatitis
  • Atopy (Allergy)
  • Deep pyoderma
  • Food hypersensitivity
  • Granuloma (sterile) and pyogranuloma
  • Grass awn penetration
  • Juvenile pyoderma (cellulitis or strangles)
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Mucocutaneous hypopigmentation
  • Nasal depigmentation
  • Pododermatitis 
  • Polytraumatic folliculitis
  • Psychogenic dermatosis
  • Sebaceous adenitis (reported)
  • Skin tumours
  • Vitiligo (nasal)

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