Labradoodles: Same Old Health Problems
Oh, how we love our Labrodoodles! For anyone who owns this bundle of joy, it’s obvious why we adore this breed. Doodles are smart, loving, friendly, child friendly, easily trained and smart beyond belief. Sounds too good to be true- right? Well, unfortunately the cross between a Labrador Retriever and Poodle is not without some health risk. Labradoodles have shown health concerns stemming from both breeds. So, in a nutshell, what are some of these health concerns?
Labrador Health Concerns
- Labs historically are prone to joint problems, including hip and elbow dysplasia. Either of these conditions can bring on arthritis issues. Researchers agree that this is a genetic disease. If there isn’t any history of hip dysplasia in a dogs linage, then it’s unlikely he will get the disease. Symptoms include, but aren't limited to:
- Difficulty rising
- Back legs kept close together
- Short stride
- Bunny hopping
- Falling over when squatting to go potty
- Thigh muscle wasting
- Eye problems are also common in labs. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) or more commonly known as cataracts have been known to cause total blindness. PRA occurs in both eyes simultaneously and is non-painful. Night blindness is the first initial indicator that something is amiss. If daily antioxidant supplementation is not given, all dogs with PRA will develop blindness within one year. There is no medical treatment and no cure for PRA.
Poodle Health Concerns
* Red Flag * Poodles also suffer from hip dysplasia and PRA.
Von Willebrand’s disease, is a bleeding disorder very similar to hemophilia in people, is a concern. There is no cure for this disorder.
Addison’s disease is a pituitary gland problem that can’t be detected prior to onset. Once Addison’s is diagnosed and with proper treatment your doodle can lead a normal doodle life.
Finally, if you have a doodle you most likely are aware of the allergy problems that plague this breed. Food allergies are certainly more commonplace for all dogs and can be hard to diagnose. Some doodles have skin problems or excessive foot licking and can both is a sign of allergy in doodles. If your doodle is diagnosed with food allergies your vet can recommend a hypoallergenic diet similar to the one Rosa eats which is made by Royal Canine
. In the grand scheme of things, as a two-dog doodle owner, I don’t think these concerns are all that terrible. All breeds have their problems, some more than others. And, not all health problems are inherited. The most perfect genetics in the world won’t add up to a hill of beans if your dog doesn’t receive proper veterinarian care. Please see your vet and get a complete physical after adopting your puppy and continue with the recommended schedule set up by your vet.