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Hello, my name is Margaret and I live in London with my 2 golden retrievers, Nelson (13) and Bluebell (4). My interest in joining this discussion forum is to hear from, and be able to talk to, other people who have goldies who live beyond their predicted lifespan of 10-12 years, and to understand what contributes to longevity, is it genes, nutrition, or just luck?
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Welcome to you, Nelson and Bluebell.

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Good morning, and welcome! My dog is a few months shy of 15 years old. We adopted him from a rescue last year. We did a Golden Retriever DNA panel from a university veterinary genetics lab in California and found that he is N/N for all of the genetic problems they test for. So he has good genes, and good parents for sure. He gets good veterinary care, and we try to keep his weight at an appropriate level. If we had adopted him when he was younger we could have done a better job keeping his teeth clean and healthy. At his age, he has some dental issues and the vet does not want to sedate him for a good cleaning. He gets plenty of exercise, and we hope to enjoy his company for a while.
 

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Good morning, and welcome! My dog is a few months shy of 15 years old. We adopted him from a rescue last year. We did a Golden Retriever DNA panel from a university veterinary genetics lab in California and found that he is N/N for all of the genetic problems they test for. So he has good genes, and good parents for sure. He gets good veterinary care, and we try to keep his weight at an appropriate level. If we had adopted him when he was younger we could have done a better job keeping his teeth clean and healthy. At his age, he has some dental issues and the vet does not want to sedate him for a good cleaning. He gets plenty of exercise, and we hope to enjoy his company for a while.
That's lovely! My dog's mother died aged 10 of complications of epilepsy, Nelson suffered various epileptic fits but is now fine. He also had a cancerous tumour removed last year, which was fortunately not of the most aggressive kind. I feed him on something called Butternut Box which is vacuum packed meat or fish minced with some vegetables. I watch his weight and give him appropriate exercise - he loves his walks!
 

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Thanks to the OP for starting this thread. You are so lucky to have Nelson at 13.

My Cody left at 9 years 4 months due to liver (bile duct) cancer. I wish I knew what caused it but my Internet search proved fruitless. He came from a reputable breeder and I checked all the ancestors' data. During his life, we gave him the best of care, had health insurance since puppyhood, fed him raw diet. He was quite healthy until he was not.

I believe there is some genetic issues with the current "American" Golden Retriever line. Cancer seems to be the issue and while research is continuing, there are no quick answers. I have started notice some breeders are switching to dogs from other continents.

I hope others with long life Goldens join in this discussion so that we can learn more as to what may work to improve the lifetime and defeat the cancers.
 

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My oldest golden, Remy, just turned 14 yrs old on April 26th. I got her from a reputable breeder when she was 13 weeks old.

I'm fanatical about watching her weight, feeding her quality food, staying current with her vet visits.

She was always kept active physically and mentally.. Sadly, she now has laryngeal paralysis, so her activity level has definitely slowed down and hot/humid weather can be dangerous for her. Her heart and bloodwork, thankfully, has been excellent.
 

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I had a golden/lab mix that died 3 months shy of her 15th birthday.
She was always fed higher quality foods, filtered water, we had her lose weight after she put on a lot around 7. Regular dental care and good veterinary care.
She still got cancer at 14.5 and died(with help) within a week of diagnosis .
 

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My boy passed away aged 15 years one month. We fed him a mixture of wet and dry food over the years, not always top of the range (more for variety).

He was quite lean and stocky (English) and very active until about 12 years, we never ran him hard or walked excessive distances. Overall I think he probably died of old age.

Wishing you many more happy and healthy times with your lovely pups.
 
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