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The average lifespan of a Labrador Retriever is ten to twelve years.  Strong, smart, playful, and friendly, your loveable Labrador should be a happy, healthy dog. But like all breeds, they have some vulnerabilities.  Labs are prone to certain genetic diseases, as are other breeds, and they might also suffer from some health problems because of their size, build or activities.  Knowing the health risks that affect your Lab can make early detection and prevention easier.  Similarly, maintaining appropriate vaccination protocols can help prevent disease.  Click on the following links for more information.

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Exercise & Puppies

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Hip- & Elbow Dysplasia


Vaccination Guidelines

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Dysplasia Grading

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Canine Parvovirus

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Progressive Retinal Atrophy

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Exercise Induced Collapse

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Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis

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Centronuclear Myopathy


Canine Verminosis

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Spirocerca Lupi


KUSA Regulations:The Dilute Gene


There is no such thing as a "Silver Labrador"

Kindly take note: Views and opinions expressed in the articles are not necessarily those of the LRKC. Although the LRKC would like to share knowledge and play a part in the education of its members and the general public on the veterinary care of their dogs, the LRKC cannot be held responsible for any decisions made or actions taken on the basis of these articles.

Photo by Sharon Rogers ©

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