A new study from the Royal Veterinary College has put the bigger picture of the health of Labrador Retrievers in the UK, showing that arthritis is a particular problem for the breed.
The study, led by the RVC’s VetCompass program, compared the health status of a random sample of 1,462 laboratories with 20,786 non-Labrador retrievers and compiled a list of the 35 most common conditions in both groups of dogs, including arthritis, ear infections, and obesity.
This RVC says this research is important as it helps provide owners with valuable guidance on what health issues to look out for in order to get veterinary advice as soon as possible.
The Lab has been the most popular dog breed in the UK for many years, but until now there has been little reliable evidence of their overall health compared to other dogs.
This new study shows that they are a unique breed with a very different disorder profile than others. Owners can now better understand their dogs’ unique strengths and weaknesses and thus give them the best possible care.
It provides owners and breeders with a list of higher risk conditions to look out for in their dogs so they can seek veterinary help as early as possible to address potential problems.