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The most common diseases and injuries of Labrador Retrievers (and some not-so-common ones)

What are the most common problems with Labradors? Read a summary of Agria's statistics on common diagnoses that affect the breed. Here you will also find out which diseases and injuries are more unusual in Labrador Retrievers. The statistics are based on Agria's damage statistics between the years 2016-2021, Agria Breed Profiles.

Common reasons for vet visits for Labrador Retrievers

  • Locomotor apparatus
  • Stomach and intestinal symptoms 
  • Damage

The Labrador Retriever visits the vet more often than the comparison group 'All Breeds'. The most common reasons for the visit are symptoms from the locomotor system, stomach and intestinal symptoms, skin diseases and injury. Damage, which is number three on the list, can for example be about poisoning, skin damage, wounds and claw damage.

Labrador Retrievers compared to all breeds

Compared to the All Breeds group, the Labrador Retriever has more veterinary care visits for stomach and intestinal symptoms, ear infections and pain symptoms from the musculoskeletal system. The All Breeds division is a compilation of All Breeds' combined statistics compared to the Labrador Retriever.

The frequency of veterinary visits between the years 2016-2021 for Labrador Retrievers compared to the All Breeds group:

Rare diagnoses in Labrador Retrievers

  • Heart
  • Eyes
  • Problems around the anal area, such as fistulas, hernias or anal sac inflammation

Many breeds have diagnoses that are more common in the breed, but also diagnoses that are less common. Compared to the All Breeds group, the Labrador Retriever visits the vet less often for diagnoses related to the heart, eyes and problems around the anal area such as fistulas, hernias or anal sac inflammation.

Labrador Retriever statistics

The Labrador Retriever is a popular dog breed and many Labradors are insured in Agria, this means that the statistics are comprehensive and reliable.


About Agria Breed Profiles

The number of veterinary visits for each dog breed is compared with how common the diagnosis is for the "All Breeds" group. The basis is based on the dogs that visited the vet and used their animal insurance during the period 2016-2021.

The frequency is calculated on dog-years-at-risk (YUR), which refers to the time that each dog was insured during the period 2016–2021. A dog that has been insured for a year generates 1.0 ÅUR, a dog insured for six months generates 0.5 ÅUR. Frequencies are given as the number of dogs that registered an event (veterinary care or death) per 10,000 YEARS. A dog that has more than one event within a diagnostic category is counted only once per category, but is counted separately within each new diagnostic category. Categories where fewer than 8 dogs suffered a compensable injury (veterinary care or death) are not reported. A breed can contain several coat type or size variants.

Agria Breed Profiles is based on data from Agria Djurförsäkring which reflects the health status of our Swedish dogs. The primary goal regarding Breed Profiles is to provide a basis for Swedish breed clubs in their health work within their breeds. The first profiles were submitted to the Swedish Kennel Club and the various breed clubs in 2002 and covered the years 1995–2002. Agria has since presented four updates; 1995–2006 (about 100 breeds), 2006–2011 (about 130 breeds), 2011–2016 (about 180 breeds) and this version 2016–2021 (about 180 breeds).

Agria Breed Profiles 2016-2021

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