Unfortunately, even the Labrador breed as any other disease as well. I would like to mention just an example Worm disease, rabies, food allergies and most diverse bacterial infections.Beyond these „common“ diseases, every dog ​​breed is also known as „breed-specific diseases,“ suffer. These include the Labrador, especially skeletal and eye diseases.Depending on the type and severity, when growing conditions have been or may in extreme cases, even the breeding license be denied.The following two skeletal disorders are regarded as hereditary may in severity, however, likely to be influenced by appropriate containment and / or feeding. This means no excessive physical demand in the first year of life due to long walks, climb stairs, jump in the car (you should use a ramp when the dog is too heavy to lift), and even to wild romp with other dogs, the disease can worsen significantly.

Hip Dysplasia (HD):

HD is a disorder of the hip joint. Evidence for a possible HD is an unstable transition or is it the dog to walk due to pain and difficulty he sits down so often.

Since all this, however, can have other causes, an X-ray examination is performed. The hip dysplasia is not curable but the symptoms and the pain will be fought and delayed the progression of the disease also.

Regardless of any symptoms like these X-ray examination is always necessary when you breed with his dog on the LCD. Therefore, the dog must already have completed the first year of life. For evaluation of the generated X-rays at the vet from the LCD appointed expert on sand, which determines the appropriate high-level.

In the review then one of the following HD-Grade is certified:

HD-A1 – 2 (HD 0) „free“
HD-B1 – 2 (HD-1) „transitional form“
HD-C 1 – 2 (HD-2) „easy“
HD-D „medium high“
HD-E „heavy HD“

A dog with mild HD may be combined in principle with an HD-free dogs. Dogs with moderate or severe HD LCD generally be excluded from breeding, just as dogs who were operated on before issuing its opinion, already in HD. Are also excluded from the breeding dogs who need surgery after an opinion on breeding performance at the hip area, unless it is proved that the operation was the result of an accident.

Breeders are keen to complete each of the union is X-rayed. Thus, even anyone who would make the „easy“ future dog owners or breeders interested, a picture of the health of both the parents and offspring from previous dogs. A guarantee of a healthy offspring, this is not.

Elbow Dysplasia (ED):

ED affects large and fast-growing breeds. It is an inherited disorder of the skeleton. She is already in the late growth phase of the pups and is manifested among others in stiffness in the morning or after rest and lameness in the forelimb, because the range of motion of the elbow joint is limited.
The Elbow is not curable. And although the disease progresses lifelong and can be reached a high degree of pain relief medication.

Breeding for approval at the LCD and the X-ray of the elbow is mandatory. Because the elbows are usually X-rayed the same time as the hip, also makes the LCD from the assessment experts appointed in accordance with the following degrees of ED:

ED-0 „free“

Dogs with ED or ED-II-III are generally excluded from breeding, just as dogs who were operated on before issuing its opinion, been to the ED. Are also excluded from the breeding dogs who need surgery after an opinion in the breeding performance of the elbow area, unless it is proved that the operation was the result of an accident.

The second major area of ​​breed-specific diseases are, as already mentioned, eye diseases. In Labrador, the following eye diseases play an important role, which is why they, like HD and ED, also breeds are relevant:

Generalized progressive retinal atrophy (PRA):

The PRA is a hereditary eye disease that in the final stage always leads to blindness.This is a disease of the retina, during which the visual
sensory cells are destroyed. Are only signs of PRA night blindness, followed by Anpassungsschwiergigkeiten during dusk an increasingly poor eyesight will even in daylight. Often cloudy and the lens and is opaque.

A (normal / clear) – the dog does not get any prcd-PRA and the system can not pass
B (carrier) – the dog does not get any prcd-PRA can leave the system but
C (effectet) – the dog gets prcd-PRA and inherited the plant

Dogs that are not a genetic test are tested prcd-PRA, may be the LCD paired with dogs, the prcd-PRA is normal. Likewise, dogs that prcd-PRA carrier or prcd-PRA tested are affected.
For dogs that can be classified as normal by the parents prcd-PRA, account for the genetic test.

Retinal dysplasia (RD):

The Retinadyplasie is a hereditary congenital malformation of the retina. This part of the retina are not functional or completely replaced. Treatment is not possible.

It can be divided into four degrees of severity of the disease:
First Degrees: at one point appearing RD, mostly normal vision
Second Degree: RD occurring in several places, mostly normal vision,
possibly with restrictions
Third Grade: Large-scale RD, usually blindness
4th Grade: Total RD; blindness

Dogs with total RD are excluded from breeding. All other forms are not considered hereditary, and thus be admitted for breeding.
An appropriate eye examination findings, which is valid for 24 months, must be submitted prior to each mating.

Hereditary cataract (HC):

The cataract is a clouding of the lens, which in humans is known as a cataract. Rash is giving it just the fact that the lens is clouded. Cause, extent and timing of the disease are in the determination of the correspondingly irrelevant. Each cataract is considered to be hereditary, as long as it is proven otherwise. As other proven circumstances are such accidents, metabolic diseases and inflammation.
An appropriate eye examination findings, the 24 months to be valid, must also be submitted prior to each mating.