Sweet Breeze Labradoodle Health Issues

Health Issues

Australian Labradoodles benefit from "hybrid vigor". The available genetic pool includes all labrador retrievers, all poodles, and all Australian Labradoodles. Because this pool is so vast and varied, we tend to see less inherited genetic problems than in the parent breeds.

Having said that, there are conditions common in the parent breeds that do sometimes manifest themselves in Australian Labradoodles. At Sweet Breeze Doodles, we do everything in our power to ensure we produce puppies who will be healthy members of your family for years to come. All our parents are genetically tested for inheritable diseases to weed out any dogs who may pass on genetic disorders. They are also certified by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) against hip and elbow dysplasia, as well as by the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) against eye defects. As part of our contract, we offer a two-year health guarantee with an extension to three years if you choose to feed your puppy Life's Abundance dog food.

Our breeding dogs are screened for these disorders to ensure they don't pass them on to their puppies.

  • Hip Dysplasia: This occurs when the dog's thighbone doesn't fit correctly in the hip joint. This degenerative condition can lead to arthritis and lameness as the dog becomes older.

  • Elbow Dysplasia: This manifests itself as malformed and weakened elbow joints. As with hip dysplasia, it can cause arthritis, pain, and lameness.

  • Exercise-Induced Collapse: This is a condition of the muscles. After exercise, affected dogs will suffer from muscle weakness and sometimes collapse. Most dogs recover completely after each episode.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): PRA is a progressive degenerative eye disease. It can eventually cause a loss of sight.

  • Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism can be treated with medication and diet. It causes obesity, lethargy, hair loss, epilepsy, hyperpigmentation and other skin conditions.

  • Von Willebrand's Disease: This occurs when the dog's blood does not clot correctly. This disease can cause easy bruising and excessive bleeding from injuries.

 

There are currently no screens available for the following disorders, but our breeding dogs have not exhibited any symptoms of these disorders.

  • Addison's Disease: This happens when a dog can't regulate their cortisol production, making it difficult to manage their stress levels. Symptoms of Addison's include bouts of weakness, high heart rate, excessive thirst and urination, improper food digestion and diarrhea.

  • Diabetes: As with humans, dogs with diabetes have trouble regulating their blood sugar levels. If your dog drinks water to excess and urinates a lot, if it eats and eats and eats and still loses weight, please see your veterinarian. Your dog may need insulin.

  • Epilepsy: Epilepsy is a neurological condition. Seizures in dogs can manifest as frantic running, staggering, falling down, rigid limbs, and losing consciousness. Most dogs with epilepsy actually have a great prognosis with veterinary care.

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