What You Need To Know About Your Labrador Retrievers
This article discusses what you need to know about labrador retrievers. Labs are one of the most popular breeds of dogs to have as pets. They are really great dogs, but is there something that you don't know about your lab? Continue reading to discover a health issue that may put your lab at risk of collapsing.
Labs are active dogs, they love to play and run. Did you know that your lab may be too active though? Some Labrador retrievers don't stop and it gets to the point where they become weak and collapse. Exercising until you collapse isn't something any person or dog should do.
Your dog may seem completely normal most of the time, but when it's being really active it may just not want to stop. This condition is typically seen in younger labs between the ages of a few months old to three years old. It is seen in both genders, but more common in dogs that are bird dogs and were bred for field trials. If your lab gets easily excited about things it may also be at risk of having this condition.
How can you know if your dog is at risk of exercise induced weakness or collapse. Well, the signs are usually easy to notice. Your dog doesn't walk, but runs, appears to be running abnormally or dragging its back legs, high body temperature, falling over, and it's rare, but sometimes seizures can occur. While it is possible for this to lead to death, it is not common. Most dogs that collapse recover within less than a half hour.
If your dogs appears to have this condition you will want to take them to a veterinarian. A veterinarian can examine your dog and run appropriate tests. They will also check to make sure that your dog's heart, thyroid, nervous system, bones, and internal organs are all okay and working properly.