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The Labrador Retriever
The following diseases are reported to occur more frequently in the Labrador 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
  • Pharyngeal disorders

Diseases affecting the gullet (oesophagus)

Diseases involving the pancreas

Diseases affecting the small intestine

Diseases affecting the large intestine

Blood diseases


Cardiovascular diseases

Heart valve disorders

Abnormal development of major blood vessels to the heart

  • Patent ductus arteriosus

Heart muscle disease

Other cardiac disorders

  • Pericardial effusions
  • Tachycardia (bypass macro re-entrant)
  • Vertebral heart score higher mean in normal dogs than most breeds (physiological)

Eye diseases

Diseases of the cornea

Diseases of the eyeball

Diseases of the eyelids

Diseases of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane)

Diseases of the lens

Diseases of the optic disc

  • Micropapilla
  • Optic nerve colobomas
  • Pseudopapilloedema

Diseases of the retina

  • Ocular(retinal) -skeletal dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (generalised) (autosomal recessive)
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (centralised)
  • Retinal detachment
  • Retinal dysplasia (multifocal, geographic  and total)

Diseases of the uvea

Hormonal diseases

Immune system diseases

Kidney and Urinary Tract diseases

  • Ectopic ureters
  • Silica urolithiasis

Liver diseases

  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Portosystemic shunt (congenital)

Nervous system diseases

Orthopaedic diseases

Reproductive disorders

  • Azoospermia and spermatogenic arrest
  • Mean gestation period 60.9 days
  • Vaginal hyperplasia

Respiratory diseases

Skin diseases

Other Conditions

  • Blastomycosis
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Obesity

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