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View Poll Results: At what age did your dog develop a serious health issue, if at all?
No serious issues 4 15.38%
Up to 1 year old 3 11.54%
Between 2-5 years old 3 11.54%
Between 5-10 years old 6 23.08%
Over 10 years old 12 46.15%
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Serious health issues?

I'm curious how many people have had serious health issues with their dogs and at what age. By serious, I will define that as "life threatening" or "having a severe effect on their quality of life".

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My bridge boy lived to be 15.5, he passed away from cancer. I lost my girl in March to cancer also, she was 11.

Outside of that, neither had any health issues until they got cancer.
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My last pooches who both passed away last summer.
Husky developed hypothyroid around age 7, degenerative disk disease was found at age 10. She ultimately passed away from cancer that we didn't find until 3 days before she passed. She was nearly 11.5.
My Malamute started have some neurological issues around age 6, very sporadic. The last year they became more frequent. We decided not to actively treat it. He was otherwise very healthy and active up until a week before he passed when he had a stifle injury and passed away about a week later from a stroke. He was 3 months shy of 13.
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I lost Dusty to cancer between 6-7 years of age. KC had a torn ACL at 12 but lived to 14 1/2 years of age.
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My 2 senior dogs (both mixed breeds) passed at 14+ years. Both lived healthy happy, lives up until the last few months. My golden will be 9 in September, no health issues at all (so far.)


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I almost lost Duke at 6 months due to a prostrate infection that was misdiagnosed and a SEVERE reaction to prednisone. I thought I was going to lose him; he couldn't go the bathroom and was hospitalized. I kept asking if the prednisone could be causing part of the problem and was told no. Several months later he had another infection and I put him on prednisone again. He had the same exact reaction - inability to go the bathroom and hospitalized. He no longer gets any type of steroid. And he was on heavy duty antibiotics for 2 months to clear up the prostrate infection plus a muscle relaxant to help him go for those 2 months. It scared me to death. I hope that is the worst I ever have to deal with for him until he reaches a very ripe old age...

Prednisone can be helpful, but there's a lot of bad side effects associated with it. I can also speak from personal experience having been on it for 20+years myself.


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The internet will not put your poll in perspective IMO. People with long lived Goldens don't say much.

If they get passed 10 expect a 13 yr old. If they get to be 13yrs old in good health they might be a 15yr old

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It's not scientific, I agree, but it's interesting to me anyway - thanks to everyone for your responses!

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Talk to any golden retriever owner who has been in the breed for a long time and has had more than one dog in their life... they usually start holding their breaths by age 11 with their dogs. Doesn't mean the dogs will die at age 11, but that's usually the time when they start slowing down and it can become more difficult spot what to be worried about and what is a normal part of old age. It may be dogs sleeping deeper, being more reluctant to exercise, old age stuff going on with the eyes, dealing with goofy things like locking themselves in bathrooms more than usual, dealing with coats getting messed up, weights going up, fatty tumors suddenly popping up out of nowhere, etc...

Beyond that, I think it's helpful to give your dogs the best lives possible through their lives. Don't wait to spoil them until they are old.

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My dog Ruby was as healthy as they come, until she collapsed suddenly and with no warning, a few weeks after her 8th birthday. She died three days later: cardiac hemangiosarcoma.

It was a shock not only because she was from long-lived lines, but also because she was so incredibly healthy until then.

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