Labrador Health

labrador-healthMaking sure that your Labrador stays in great health throughout his  lifetime is one of your top priorities.

Keeping your Labrador healthy

We have gathered lots of information to help you keep your Lab in tip-top condition.   In this section of the Labrador site you can find sections on:

Check out our health category Here you’ll find a collection of all our articles on Labrador health articles displayed one one page.  They cover a wide range of health topics.

You can also find articles on Fears and Phobias,  and on other behavioural problems in our Labrador Behaviour section.

What to do when your Labrador is sick

We get many questions on this website from people whose dogs are sick or injured. We are always so sorry to read about dogs that are unwell.

People send in their dog’s symptoms and most often ask about

  • Vomiting and tummy troubles
  • Limping
  • Hair loss / falling out
  • Failure to grow/thrive
  • Rashes

While we can provide information about different conditions that Labradors may suffer from, it isn’t possible for anyone, no matter how well qualified, to attempt to diagnose health problems over the internet.

Usually, the best course of action is for you to visit or telephone your own veterinary surgeon.  Some problems require more urgent treatment than others so do check out this article: When to call your vet

The diagnosis needs to be made by a qualified professional with access to your dog and his medical records.

My vet isn’t helping

Sometimes people write in because they are not happy with their vet’s diagnosis or prescription.

The answer is almost always to go back to your vet and talk to him about your concerns, or to get a second opinion.

Going back to your vet

Some vets, while brilliant with animals are not the greatest communicators with people. If your vet has not clearly explained his diagnosis (what is wrong with your dog) his prognosis (what he thinks will happen next) or his recommended treatment.  Get him to spell it out for you.  You are entitled to this information!  In plain English.

It is very common to leave a vet’s office or surgery, get home with your dog, and think of a whole load of questions you wish you had asked.  This is normal. We do it when we go to the doctor too.

Many people fail to make use of telephone consultations with their vet.  You don’t need to go to your veterinarian’s office in order to speak to him.   If you have questions to ask, or points that need clarifying, write them down and telephone him.  If he isnt available ask him to phone you back.  Many vets will do this free of charge provded you don’t make a constant habit of it.

Getting a second opinion

Even experts disagree sometimes, they are only human.  And we can’t all get on really well with everyone we meet.

I think it is important that we have a good relationship with out vets, and that we understand what is going on when they treat our pets.

If your vet is a poor communicator, you are concerned about the treatment he has prescribed for your dog, or you simply don’t get along, there is nothing wrong with getting another opinion. In fact, it is the right thing to do.

Many people are not aware, that in the UK it is also illegal for anyone other than a qualified veterinary surgeon to diagnose or even recommend treatment for, anyone else’s animals.



Any health information given on this website should be used in  conjunction with veterinary advice.

We are adding to our library all the time.  Let us know if there are any other topics you would like us to cover.   We love to hear from you!


  1. I have a 4 month old Chocolate Labrador and he out of the blue started regurgitating and vomiting. I can’t figure out why. He is not eating and just sleeping off and on. I touch his tummy and he is not warm. What should I do, I don’t want to take him to the vet yet it has only been a few hours.

  2. Hi My 37 days age lab he getting dull today and even he not taking proper food on today unfortunately.
    He keep on sleeping and dull faces. Kindly help me to releaf from this.

  3. Hi,
    Yesterday my friend got a lab from the street, the dog’s leg was little broken and have injury on his forehead. I think because of some accident. My friend took him to the vet, he gave a cream and has covered his wound. Now , i have decided to keep him with me. But i dont have a bit of knowledge about dogs. From caring to feeding. Can you help me out. I am really confused about keeping him.

    • Labs are one of the best dogs you’ll ever own! Great temperament, great with kids and just loving.

      As for care, GE a complete work up from the vet – spay or neutering, vaccines etc.

      The vet will be a great resource for you in terms of care. He she will advise you on many things.

      Also, Labs love to eat!! They’d eat all day if you let them. I mix all dry kibble with either a bit of wet dog food or other things – canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling), plain yogurt (no artificial sweeteners), most veggies like cooked potato (never raw), carrots, cucumber, broccoli etc.

      Things NEVER to give your Lab are onions, chocolate, raisins/grapes as they can make him/her very sick.

      There are also tons of resources on the Internet :)

      Have fun with your new family member!!

  4. Hi i have a lab which is 10 months old and lately is being suffering from itching and hair fall, also his health is deteroriating eventually. As per vets i have used all sort of medicines and changed the food habbits accordingly but once the meds stop its recurs again. Please help with some suggestion regarding this problem

    • Hi Soum, I think it would be a good idea to go back to your vet and ask him why he thinks the problem is recurring, what he thinks the underlying cause is, and whether he thinks your dog will need to be on medication for the rest of his life, or if he thinks the dog can be cured. Good luck with his treatment.

  5. What is the best way to handle a cut pad on a lab’s paw? We have gone the sedation / stitches / bandage route and are not sure the aggravation with the cone ( she hates it!) and keeping her from chewing on the bandage are worth it. Suggestions? Alternatives?

  6. I have a lab who is a little over a year. Her name is AnnaBeth, a couple of weeks ago, I realized she was straining to use the bathroom (number 2) she ate some grass, got sick and was fine. Like I said, it’s been a couple of weeks and its happening again. Help? Should I take her to the vet, or should I change food? If so, I’m looking for something that is good for her and inexpensive. Thank You.

  7. Can a lab puppy be switched to vegan at his initial stage after having non veg? Where..can we assure that he would never have non veg at later stage??

  8. I have a black female labradore 6yr old. She’s not eating anything it’s been 2days, took her to vet he told that she has fever of 105degree gave her injection yesterday and today but she’s getting more ill.
    not eating anything vomitting and doing poo all over the home, can’t even walk coz of low energy and stinking. I don’t know what to do someone please help me asap, It’s urgent

  9. is roti, fruit, vegetables are not good for labrador when their hairs are falling? can u plzzz help me??

  10. My 7 months old labrador’s fur is falling out at a very high speed. What should i do to stop it. Plz help me. I am very tensed about it….