Golden Retrievers For Dummies
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Keep this list handy to recognize your Golden Retrievers symptoms that signal a dog emergency or serious health problem so you can contact your veterinarian. Also, learn the types and dosages of medicines that are safe for your Golden:

Emergency!

  • Diarrhea for more than 24 hours

  • Bloody diarrhea, diarrhea with vomiting, fever, or other symptoms

  • Vomiting for more than 24 hours (save the vomitus)

  • Excessive panting, drooling, rapid pulse, dark red gums, frantic glazed expression (heatstroke)

  • Abdominal swelling, discomfort with labored breathing, restlessness, roaching the back, drooling, gagvomiting (bloat)

  • Very pale gums, shivering, lowered body temperature (under 100 degrees) (hypothermia)

  • Depression, shivering, weak pulse, listlessness, lowered body temperature (shock from loss of blood orinjury)

  • Sudden swelling around the head or other body part

Signs of serious health problems

  • Poor appetite

  • Prolonged or pronounced limping

  • Shortness of breath

  • Extreme lethargy or sleeping habits

  • Frequent urination

  • Sudden weight loss

  • Excessive water intake

  • Straining to move the bowels

  • Lumps or black mole-like growths on any body part

  • Unexplained change in attitude: fearful, shy, or aggressive

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Nona Kilgore Bauer has shared her life with golden retrievers for more than 40 years. Her dogs have won many obedience and other working titles, and Nona is a 15-time Dog Writers Association of America nominee (and winner). She has written more than two dozen books on canine subjects, including the previous edition of Golden Retrievers For Dummies.

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