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It is a must to check out Golden Retrievers information on health if you really love your golden fuzz ball. If you think you are doing your best in caring for your dog, read on this article to see if she is as healthy as she should be.

A healthy Golden’s coat is shiny, soft and lustrous, free from mats, bald spots and thinning. She should be well groomed and fur should be neatly trimmed from the head to the tail. Fleas, mites and ticks should be out of sight. Her skin should be smooth and supple, without any sores, scaling or scabs. Her muscles should be sturdy, free from lumps, redness or swelling.

Her legs should be straight and paws should be well aligned. She shouldn’t be limping and her nails and dew claws are neatly trimmed to the quick with no cracks. The sole of her paws should be clear from any cuts, burns or thorns.

Her eyes are clear, bright and free from inflammation and redness, green or yellow discharge. Her ears are pink on the inside, clean and neatly trimmed on the outside. No signs of thinning fur or scaling on the edges. It should be free from foul smell and discharge.

Her mouth, gums and tongue should be healthy pink and not pale. Sores, redness, cuts, bumps and bad breath should be absent. Her teeth should be sparkling white and free from plaque or any dark discoloration.

She should be eating normally, with no apparent signs of appetite or weight loss. She should be on the normal range at 55 to 65 pounds. Her water intake should be normal, an average of a gallon per day and depends on the weather and her activity. Her urine should be clear and not dark yellow. Her stool should be firm and brown, not loose, red or black in color. It should also be free from worms and rice grains. Her anal sac should be free from foul odor and dried stool.

She should be robust which is how a Golden should be with no signs of lethargy. She enjoys being surrounded with people and other animals. She is not aggressive and hostile when touched by strangers. She should be sociable and friendly.

Is your Golden looking healthy? Good health depends on her diet, water intake, exercise, lifestyle, vaccination and medical care. If you think you need to exert more effort on your Golden’s care, it is best to consult the one who knows best, the vet.


Golden Retriever puppies, we cannot help their lovable charms. He could look so angelic the moment you took him home but wait for a few days and he will become your worst nightmare, a nonstop chewing machine. Sounds scary? There is always a solution.

Puppies love to explore, and they do this using their mouths. Not just that, they chew when they are bored, feel lonely or when the gums ache because of teething.

They do not have any preference on what they feel like mouthing on or chewing. It can be your cordless phone, your plush pillows, carpet and even your used socks.  They don’t care about the price, the value, appearance or the smell of what they will chew on. They will just chew whenever they want to.

This is when puppy-proofing helps. Puppy-proofing is making your home safe for your pup and making the pup safe for your home. It is a must before taking home your new Golden puppy.

When you puppy-proof you have to remove all enticing, fragile, chewable and choking objects ahead of time. You simply have to keep them out of your puppy’s reach just to be safe from trouble. You have to lock restricted rooms, storage for household chemicals and cupboards. You have to cover all wires and cables with tape. You should spray bitter apple on your furniture and appliances. You have to keep all your clothes, shoes, laundry, blankets, table runners and children’s toys out of your puppy’s sight.

There is no use punishing your pup. He will not understand what harm he has done after chewing your $500 worth Oriental carpet. Neither can you be punished for not keeping this thing away prior his arrival.

You can always give your pup an option by buying him less expensive chew toys rather than your expensive belongings. When you catch him chewing on your property, do not pull the object away from his mouth. Entice him with the chew toy instead. This should be readily available when he arrives for him to learn to chew on the right things at an early age.

Simple obedience commands like sit, no and drop it helps a lot too. That is why it is a must to teach these to your dog a day after he arrives. Enrolling him in obedience classes will surely enhance his behavior. Keeping him busy with activities, play and toys will lessen his destructive chewing.

There is always a solution your puppy’s chewing problem and there is no better way you can do that by starting now.