You’ve been dreaming of a Goldendoodle puppy for so long and the time for actually getting one has finally arrived. In midst of your joy and excitement, don’t lose sight of the fact that there are some serious considerations to keep in mind while you’re looking for the one. The single most important matter is the health of your pup. You want to find a doodle that has been conscientiously bred for good health and then checked by a veterinarian before being offered for sale. From their Poodle and Golden Retriever lineage, Goldendoodles can inherit the conditions that affect those breeds. In this blog post we’re going to detail three of these health concerns.

Hip dysplasia

The first health issue is hip dysplasia. This is where the socket of the hip bone is too small for the ball head of the leg bone (femur). This causes the bones to rub against each other causing discomfort and inflammation, as explained in the following post:

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Hip dysplasia is the medical term for poor hip conformation and the arthritis and pain that occurs secondary to that conformation.  Normally the “ball” portion of the hip (the head of the femur) sits well within the “socket” portion of the pelvis. In an animal with hip dysplasia either the “ball” portion does not sit within the hip socket but rather rests on the edge of the hip socket or the socket itself it too shallow to hold the hip in place.  Instead of that nice smooth gliding motion, bone-on-bone contact occurs and just like wheels in a cog that do not fit properly, heat (inflammation) is produced… Read more at Goldendoodles.com…

Goldendoodles can have hip dysplasia and not show any symptoms or discomfort for years, or possibly at all. This makes it important to take your dog to the vet for regular check-ups for early detection. It also makes it imperative to work with a reputable breeder who mates prudently to weed out this genetic propensity.

Patellar Luxation

The second condition is patellar luxation. This is the dislocation or misalignment of the patella (kneecap) of the dog. Although the kneecap can be moved back into the right position, this a painful condition that can lead to crippling. It occurs mostly in small dogs, as the following post explains:

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This is a common problem in small-sized dogs and is known as slipped stifles. The patella of the dog is actually it’s kneecap. A luxation in the patellar actually means that the joint is dislocated and slides out of position. This is more common in the rear legs. The condition can cause discomfort and pain to the animal, and if not managed properly can cause permanent crippling. Still, this is a condition which will allow most dogs to lead almost normal lives if proper care is taken to treat the pain… Read more at MerchDope…

Similar to avoiding hip dysplasia, working with a good breeder will lessen the chances of encountering this problem tremendously. Still, you should take your dog to the vet regularly to keep an eye out for it.

Cataracts

The last health concern we’ll touch on is cataracts. As in humans, these form on the ocular lenses and reduce vision. Cataracts often appear in both eyes, and left untreated they can lead to blindness. Learn more in the following post:

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A dog who suffers from cataracts is not able to see through the opacity of the lens, if it does not involve the entire lens, partial vision is retained. Sadly, for dogs, cataracts tend to appear in both eyes, often to varying degrees.The most obvious symptom will involve clouding of the eye, though it should be noted, without the benefit of a trained veterinarian and the proper equipment to evaluate the eye properly a definitive prognosis should not be made.The treatment for cataracts involves a surgical approach to remove or dissolve the lens… Read more at Goldendoodle Advice…

The purpose of this post isn’t to worry you about these potential health issues. The point is to make you a more informed, and thus better, puppy parent. Your responsibility in that role begins with choosing a reputable breeder to work with.

Blue Ridge Goldendoodles can’t be beat in this regard. We are a recommended breeder at Goldendoodles.com. Our puppies come with a full two-year health guarantee and lifetime support. They are up-to-date on shots and have been thoroughly checked by our vet. We send a detailed health record with every one. Our breeding dogs are always screened for hip dysplasia through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and cleared before breeding. We check for patellar luxation and make sure their eyes are CERF certified. We also test them for problems with the heart. The Poodles we breed are also cleared for Sebaceous Adenitis, a skin disease, and Von Willabrands, a bleeding disorder.

Visit our website to view our available Goldendoodle pups. If you see one that you know is supposed to be yours, complete the online Application to begin the process.