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The Golden Retriever Online Wellness Care Guide

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. But as with all dogs, Goldens require a certain amount of care and attention to stay healthy, strong and vibrant. Regular veterinary visits, along with proper nutrition and exercise are important, as is understanding the underlying health issues associated with this breed.

The Use of Supplements: A Natural Rx for a Healthier Golden
Supplements containing vitamins, rich minerals and other antioxidants have a positive impact on the lives of Golden Retrievers. That's why more veterinarians are recommending their use as part of a proactive approach for managing the long-term health and well-being of Golden Retrievers.
Some of the benefits supplements may provide for your Golden Retriever include:
  • Help alleviate certain types of cancers, in addition to heart disease, diabetes, cataracts caused by diabetes, and glaucoma.
  • Ease chronic hip, joint, and muscle pain and help animals suffering from arthritis.
  • Support an active and healthy lifestyle that can prolong your dog's life.
  • Be an important tool to fill the nutritional gaps in your dog's diet.
  • Help save money by limiting costly treatments and surgeries.
  • Ease suffering in older animals and help improve their quality of life.

A Brief History of the Golden Retriever

The golden retriever was crossbred in the late 1800's to be a super hunting dog for the wet and rugged terrain of the Scottish Highlands. They share bloodlines with a variety of sporting dogs including Red Setters, Yellow Retrievers, Bloodhounds and a Tweed Water Spaniel that has long been extinct. The Golden, as it is commonly known, was officially recognized as a breed in the U.S. by the American Kennel Club in 1927.

The breed established its presence in the 1930s and '40s, as hunting dogs and at field trials and shows, then also in obedience trials. While the early dogs in North America were mostly darker shades of golden, lighter shades have also become popular in later years.

Friendly and affectionate, the Golden Retriever has been called the perfect family pet because of its playful nature, and desire to be around people, especially children.

Some Fun Facts about Golden Retrievers
Their strength and willingness to work hard makes them ideal search and rescue dogs.
Loyal, patient and forgiving, Goldens are one of the best service and guide dogs. They are the preferred AKC breed of the Autism Service Dogs of America.
The Golden Retriever was once known as the "Golden Flat Coat" breed.
The Golden Retriever is one of the smartest breeds, ranking only slightly behind Border Collies and Poodles in intelligence.
Health Issues Golden Retriever Owners Should Know About
Eye Disease

Golden Retrievers are prone to significant eye problems, most of which are genetic such as cataracts and Pigmentary Uveitis (PU), the latter often causing glaucoma, which causes both blindness and migraine-like pain. Pigmentary Uveitis is a serious disease becoming increasingly more common in this breed.

Joint Disease

Golden Retrievers are prone to a painful genetic hip deformity known as hip dysplasia. The breed can also have genetic elbow deformities and rupture of the cruciate ligament in the knees. These conditions can lead to crippling arthritis and require surgery.


Goldens are prone to lymphosarcoma (cancer of white blood cells) and hemangiosarcoma (cancer of blood cells).

Heart Disease

Sub-aortic Stenosis (SAS), common in Golden Retrievers, is a narrowing of the aorta - the great vessel that carries blood away from the heart. It often shows up first as a slight heart murmur, cause sudden death, even in younger dogs. The breed is also prone to cardiomyopathy which can cause heart failure.


Golden Retrievers are prone to obesity, especially in dogs with hypothyroidism. Obesity causes widespread inflammation of tissue through release of pro-imflammatory adipokines, and aggravates other diseases such as joint pain.

Immune-mediated Disease

The immune system commonly attacks the thyroid gland in Golden Retrievers, causing hypothyroidism. It has been estimated that 1 in every 4 Goldens have this disease.

Care Information for a "Golden Life"

Some important ways to keep your dog in top shape and mentally fit is to make sure its needs are looked after in the proper manner. This is more than just a routine; it's a healthy lifestyle that will reap great rewards for both you and your dog for years to come.

Golden Retrievers need a diet rich in high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals to support their size, physical activity and help reduce risk of disease. Foods with Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids help fight natural inflammation occurring not only on the inside of the body but on the outside as well! This is shown externally by less shedding and shinier coats. As physical and mental activity slows with age, a geriatric (i.e. 6+ years of age) Goldens diet must be modified to help prevent or address obesity. Absorption of nutrients by the gut becomes diminished with advancing age, making it necessary to enhance the diets of senior dogs while lowering caloric intake. Because aging bodies make less antioxidants, incorporating more antioxidants in the diet may also benefit your aging Golden.
Golden Retrievers can't wait to get outside to run or go for a walk! Exercise is critical to their mental health and physical well-being, and also helps prevent weight gain - which commonly occurs due to inactivity and overeating.
Routine grooming of your Golden allows you to inspect their coat, teeth, eyes, ears, and nails for signs of problems. Since they shed throughout the year, Goldens need frequent brushing – often daily. They should also be bathed regularly but not so often as to remove the protective oils in their coat that could lead to skin problems. Remember - dry skin and a poor/thin hair coat (and weight gain and sluggishness) are commonly caused by hypothyroidism. Have your vet examine your dog if you suspect they have an underactive thryroid gland.
While Golden Retrievers relish the outdoors and are ready for anything, they prefer being where you are. They crave companionship and are not overly territorial or aggressive toward other animals. Living with and being around people calms them and makes them happy.
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What People Are Saying About Supplements and Their Pets
Pet owners just like you are incorporating supplements into their animal's care more than ever before, and with exciting results.
  • "Buddy, our male Newfoundland suffers from PRA and cataracts. We have been using Ocu-GLO Rx™ for over six months and despite his eye conditions, Buddy's eyes are healthier. Our vet doesn't understand how, but Buddy can see even though he has the big bright green glow from the PRA and the fog from the cataracts. He doesn't get eye infections anymore and there is less brown crud in his eyes. Although both of these conditions cannot be reversed, we are hopeful that Ocu-GLO Rx™ is slowing the progression and at least allowing Buddy to enjoy the world with his sight preserved."
    - Tracie S. & Buddy
  • "We are very pleased with Joint Guard Vet™ as we are seeing improvement in the healing of our dog's cruciate ligament tear every day. I think all the natural anti-inflammatory ingredients in Joint Guard Vet™ might be really helping him. He has been off all NSAIDs for almost 2 weeks, only taking Joint Guard Vet™ daily, and doesn't appear to be in pain or want to limit his walking as much as before. He is walking a little better, putting more pressure on the leg and not limping as much."
    - Lisa B.
  • "My wonderful and sweet dog, Cocoa, was in a terrible accident and lost all of her vision in her right eye forever. Steroid pills were not really helping, so Cocoa was put on the Ocu-GLO Rx™ supplement in the hopes of saving the 10 percent vision she had left. The results were amazing! Cocoa has regained 50 percent vision in her left eye and she can now catch treats! One thing is for sure: Cocoa will be on Ocu-GLO Rx™ for the rest of her life."
    - Mike and Cocoa
  • "We have had Taffy, our 10-year-old Queensland Heeler, on Ocu-GLO Rx™ for about two years. We were told when her PRA was diagnosed that she would lose her sight completely within a year. It's been two years now and, although she can't see at night, she still sees during the day and you would never know she has a problem with sight. Thanks to Ocu-GLO Rx™, we truly believe that it has slowed down her PRA and, even if it only helps her see for a few extra months, it's worth it to her and us."
    - Linda T. and Taffy
  • "At the age of 5, Destiny was diagnosed with a retinal eye disease (progressive retinal atrophy). I was told she would be blind within 5 months. She is now 7-1/2 years old and can still see, thanks to Ocu-GLO Rx™. I am so thankful she was able to receive this supplement. I still give her one Ocu-GLO Rx™ GelCap each day and will continue to do so. Thank you so much!"
    - Sharon M. and Destiny
  • "My Toy Poodle, Nicole, seems to have some sight preservation when she is taking Ocu-GLO Rx™. This is definitely a plus!"
    - Sharon M. and Destiny
  • "Amos, my lively and lovable 8-year-old Vizsla, was diagnosed with diabetes and small cataracts already forming in both eyes. I was prescribed Ocu-GLO Rx™, which is rich in antioxidants like grapeseed extract, lutein and other nutrients that have demonstrated some success in reducing the formation of cataracts. Almost two years after his initial diagnosis - there has been no further development of his cataracts. Ocu-GLO Rx™ is an eye treat/vitamin that deserves wide exposure. I'm grateful to be among those who can speak personally for its benefits."
    - Jeanie B. and Amos
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