Common Health Issues and Life Expectancy of the Labradoodle

Written By: Sharon Becker

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

This condition is common in virtually all large dog breeds. This occurs when the bones don’t fit properly in the joints. Often times, this happens when puppies grow too quickly. When the bones and joints don’t fit how they should, it can cause a lot of pain. In serious cases, it can lead to complete lameness in the affected limbs. In advanced age, you may be more likely to see symptoms of arthritis in dogs with joint dysplasia.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy

This eye condition slowly affects your dog’s vision. The first symptom is usually night blindness. Over the years this can progress to limited or full vision loss. With this disease, your dog may not completely lose vision. Luckily, this happens over a long period of time, so your dog will begin to adapt to their limited vision.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid does not produce enough hormones. This disease may be easy to spot because there are so many symptoms associated with it. If you notice weight change, hair loss, or other skin conditions, they may need to be tested for hypothyroidism. This disease can be treated with prescription medications, and symptoms may be relieved by natural remedies like kelp.

Allergies

While Labradoodles are good for people with allergies, they can have allergies themselves. Food allergies can be easy to treat, but it can take a while to figure out which ingredient causes the reaction. There may be some trial and error with finding the right food. Environmental allergies can also leave your dog feeling itchy and miserable. They may scratch at their skin more and create open wounds. If your Labradoodle is really itchy, try adding fish oil to their diet. If that doesn’t work, ask your vet about medications that can help with their allergies.

Your careful eye, along with regular vet visits can catch these medical conditions. Early diagnosis may be helpful in finding the best treatment for your Labradoodle. Note any changes in your dog’s behaviors, because they can be warning signs of serious illness. However, with the proper care, your dog will likely live a long and healthy life.

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