You Make The Diagnosis: Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers are one of the most popular breeds of dog in the United States.  They are handsome dogs with fluffy coats that range in color from blonde to deep red.  Goldens have beautiful brown eyes and a black nose.  As for personality, I think of goldens as the “Miss Congeniality” of the dog world.  They greet everyone with a wagging tail and sloppy kiss.  No wonder so many veterinarians live with goldens!

Unfortunately, this breed is prone to many health problems.  List as many as you can, then scroll past Logan, the adorable puppy, for the answers. 


1) Allergies/Atopy
2) Hip Dyspasia
3) Progressive Retinal Atrophy
4) Otitis Externa
5) Hypothyroidism
6) Lymphoma
7) Hemangiosarcoma
8) Osteosarcoma
9) Separation Anxiety
10) Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
11) Keratitis Sicca (Dry Eye)

I am happy to tell you that Logan is a healthy boy, free of any of the problems listed above.  I thoroughly enjoyed meeting this bundle of fur and hope to see him often as he grows. 

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.