Collapse During Exercise in Labrador Retrievers

Let's talk about collapse during exercise in labrador retrievers.If you have a Labrador retriever, you know how active they can be. It can be great to have such a fun, energetic dog, but in some cases labs just don't know when to stop. Some Labrador retrievers actually collapse during exercise and playing. This article will discuss this condition and how you can tell if your dog has it or not.

Almost all labs are high energy dogs, luckily it is not very common for them to collapse during exercise. However, if you have a young Labrador retriever it's helpful to be aware of this condition so you can determine if your beloved dog has it or not. it is most common in young labs between approximately 5 months to 3 years of age.

So, what exactly is this collapsing during exercise? Basically, the dog doesn't get tired and slow down or stop, it just goes and goes until it is very weak or actually collapses from exhaustion. Your dog won't always collapse, just when it is doing more intense activities or also during times of stress or excitement. When your dog is not being extremely active it will appear completely normal.

This condition is most likely to occur in the summer or whenever the temperature and/or humidity are high. A dog with this condition is also most at risk if they are running uphill, running for long distances or long periods of time, and if they are doing something repetitive as retrieving or catching a Frisbee.

If your dog has this condition you will notice. They will appear very weak and may start dragging their rear legs. They may also fall over out of exhaustion. If your dog isn't having seizures and it breathing just keep them calm and try to cool them down. Dogs will usually recover within 25 minutes. You should also take your dog to a veterinarian to make sure everything is okay. Your veterinarian will be able to give you a proper diagnosis and give you recommendations on what you can do for your dog.

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