Top Four Common Health Problems of The Labrador Retriever



If you have a Labrador Retriever or are planning on acquiring one in the future, you should know of the most common health problems they may get. It is also comforting to know that you are not alone. My Lab has had a couple of these already and it is not fun.

Here are the top four common health problems that Labrador Retrievers may develop along with helpful tips on how to treat and prevent them published by

Acute Moist Dermatitis

Acute Moist Dermatitis is also known as hot spots. It is usually caused by allergens and bacterial infections. They are common in longhaired dogs or dogs with dense undercoats like Labrador Retrievers. Hot Spots look like circular patches of red skin that can appear throughout your Labrador’s body. Vets usually prescribe antibiotics and medicated shampoo to help treat this skin condition.

Ear Infections

Labradors love swimming and playing in the water so it is possible for them to get water in their ears. They also have floppy ears so that doubles their chances of developing ear infection. Symptoms include discharge and foul smell in the ear. Infected ears may also be reddish. When your Labrador develops an ear infection, he may start shaking his head and scratching his ears frequently. To prevent your Labrador from getting ear infection, always clean and dry your Labrador’s ear after swimming.

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3 Responses to “Top Four Common Health Problems of The Labrador Retriever”

  1. Glad to get this info on labs. My lab has a ear infection now.

  2. I have a two year old choc lab. I think we got a grip on the ear infections, but he is having some really bad skin issues. And always licking and scratching.

  3. Got my dogs off all grain kibble,no wheat,corn,soy nor rice……all skin issues are GONE!