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What are the special health concerns for yellow Labradors?

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The yellow Labrador has a few special health concerns that include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cataract problems, osteochondrosis dissecans, progressive retinal atrophy, tricuspid valve dysplasia, gastric dilation-volvulus, acute moist dermatitis, myopathy, cold tail and epilepsy, according to DogTime and PetMD. The black and chocolate Labrador Retrievers have the same special health concerns as their yellow Labrador counterpart.

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Not all of these conditions are unique to the yellow Labrador Retriever and there are many other dog breeds that have predispositions to one or more of these health conditions. An example of this would be hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a common health condition among larger dogs. It is a condition that can be inherited as well so it is important that new owners check the health history of their new puppy's parents and grandparents for the condition.

Another one of the more special health conditions and life-threatening conditions of the yellow Labrador is tricuspid valve dysplasia. This health condition is present at birth and is growing more and more common within the Labrador Retriever breed. This condition involves a malformed tricuspid valve in the heart. The puppies can grow up to live happy and productive lives with little to no symptoms or they can die.

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