I assumed she was growing tired of poodle puppy antics. So We gathered around our precious golden love and let him as he fell asleep on November 08. She still acts like a puppy. Sylvia. It seemed each morning the cancer was coldly dealing another hand of futility. Biscuit had a tumor on her jaw that grew but wasn’t malignant. We miss her so much!!! She loved her family, especially our kids. We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 27179 Golden Retriever dogs. I was sad and cried off and on for days. Brush your Golden Retriever from head to toe. He developed a weird aroma and couldnt even keep water down. Her bestie is my big boy Bichon who’s 15.8 years old. Just found this post…We also have a wonderful Golden Boy!! There is a study though, that is seeking to change that. I chose palliative care and, ultimately, merciful euthanasia for my beautiful girl. He would’ve been 15 in November. The reason I was terrified was because I didn't want to have an uncontrollable dog with me. Today, the average lifespan of a Golden Retriever is between 10 and 12 years. The love that they share with you is hard to put into words. I guess you can say that she had the most typical golden retriever diseases. She use to play catch but now prefers to chew on the ball or let someone else get it for her, I rescued my golden from a friend’s dad who was unable to look after him, that was 7 months ago and he is 12 years and 8 months, he was very weak on his back legs but for the last few months I have been giving him a cod liver oil pill with every breakfast and he has a new lease of life at the park with his 14 month old rescue sister, its not a lifesaver but has definitely prolonged his, I hope this helps and yours lives a lovely, happy rest of life, X, We have our 10 year old golden glucosamine and her back legs stock shaking and she’s stopped limping. For the ears, you might try Hills ZD which has hydrolized protein. I will always carry the love and memories of my Dear Maddie….she is still very much alive in my heart. She, like every golden retriever, was sweet, gentle and very attached to the owners specially my wife (never left her side). I want him back. Alfonso and Axel are a 9 week old neutered male pair of domestic mice. she was 12 years old my best freind ever had, we cried for days,,she will be missed its been a week now and the house is not the same without her.i cannot get over doing what i had too do,the vet says i did the write thing,but i question myself still. Yesterday we were all together for New Years Eve. We carried her back to the vet and put her at peace. He gets lots of exercise and is still very happy, very typical golden retriever. Five days ago I sent my beloved 11 year-old Golden Retriever girl over the “Rainbow Bridge”, freeing her from having to endure, and me having to helplessly bear witness to, the heart-wrenching and debilitating effects of a very aggressive and fast-moving brain tumor, which only made it’s cruel and life-sapping presence known in the last two weeks of her beautiful life. God bless. Maybe the drugs are an issue. In November she had her 6th birthday. The diarrhea stopped then about 2 weeks before she passed she developed a cough Took her into the vet and x ray done and blood work done. My husband wanted a German shepherd and was afraid i wouldnt want another when something happened to Rex. We’ve had 3 Golden’s. Within 2 days she progressively became worse. My boy Max will be 15 and a half in a couple of days. I have a 3 year old Golden and he’s my sweet heart. My sunny turned 23 years this year. They are depending on their owners to make this decision for them. After losing a wonderful cat eighteen years prior. What do you feed him. Our sweet Golden, Einstein, just turned 14. Pain meds are only a temporary thing and if i give him a dose of Gabapentin he gets diarrhea… supplements don’t seems to make a big difference. He wasnt wild about it at first, but i think he loves her now and she has helped longer and hopefully still have a few more good years left. The vet said it was arthritis and prescribed Adequan, Dasaquin and Galliprant. When he got home he wouldn’t eat and acted lethargic / wobbly when he walked. We have two Golden’s. Did you have him on a specific diet? All were Goldens. The average Golden Retriever will be between 21 - 15 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh in between 55 - 75 lbs. He absolutely loves everybody and is the most kind and happy dog you could ever meet. She is my right hand girl. She loved playing with him the first few months but now just lays down all day and growls any time he comes near her. She was so scared and disorientated that after her third seizure I made the decision and hugged and told her how loved she was as she passed. She doesn’t sleep tho right the night as she barks around 3am as she can’t stand to drink her water. Just loving her through this next journey however long we have. I was able to provide her the dignity and grace she so deserved by having the veterinarian come to our home at a time of our choosing, surrounded by all of her fur friends and two-legged friends, and not under duress in an emergency vet clinic at 4 am as she’s desperately gasping for breath while enduring a violent seizure that seemingly won’t end. He has a almost white face now. They do not have city water but use tanks to catch rain. He only got rabies and distemper vaccines. He has possibly licked a wound into his front paw pad for which he is on antibiotics and allergy medication. No more flea and tick treatments for her the next 2 years but natural things. They enjoy play sessions with their family, retrieving balls and other toys. His vitals were going down fast so we had to make the gut wrenching decision to put him down. 2001. Nope! Golden Retrievers are also more prone to other types of cancer, even at an early age. The anesthetic was too much and after a few weeks his organs failed. Genetic factors play a large role in how long a particular canine lives. Time is so precious and moves so quickly. Diet has been 95% Iams all her life. It was one of the hardest if not the hardest things if ever done. To find out why Golden Retrievers have begun to die sooner than they did only mere decades ago, scientists designed a survey that takes into account environmental factors, genes, and health conditions that might affect a Golden Retriever’s lifespan. We were really blindsided and understand greatly the pain that you are suffering. Our boy is turning 17yo next month and seem like he still has some years in him. We had just started her on a study at Colorado State University, looking at a vaccine that might reduce the incidence of cancers (she was limping when she started the study, but the cancer wasn’t showing up in the pictures or blood work). The healthy puppy must double the birth weight in the first week. For all of you going through this hell…do what’s best for your dog and make the decision to put them down before they start suffering too much. We miss her a lot. I feel like she “takes care of me”. I could tell he had a fever as his normally wet nose was warm and dry. 13 years is not enough and has gone far too quickly. My vet says stairs are good for her to keep muscles from atrophy … which happens 3x quicker when sedentary activity is preferred for an aging animal or even a person. There was no viable treatment options. He would have been 9 years old today. “Neutering Dogs: Effects on Joint Disorders and Cancers in Golden Retrievers.” PLOS One. Our Sunny dog is 14 yrs old and a couple months. My Golden Retriever is 9 years old and in excellent health. She seems to thrive on the attentions of the 4 other dogs she’s been raised with. My golden is 14.5 and still with a spring in her step! I am so sorry. If the 4 year old does a low growl, stop the interaction and look to see what she may be growling at. He has a huge startle reflex and seems to hate crinkle sounds. She’s been a trooper though. Best decision ever! We are from the UK. I was unaware that Goldens used to live much longer or has an increased prevalence toward cancer. Good luck! Thank you for sharing Cooper’s story. We’ve tried everything that we can think of. Females typically weigh between 55-71 pounds and stand 20-22 inches at the withers. What do you feed him if i may ask? He was the center of my world. She has torn both of her ACLs and we did not do surgery. Breeds: Golden Retriever & Poodle. My one before that was 13 and had liver cancer. Valerie Gave 4,000 mg . Personality would be best described as irrepressible. Target weights vary depending on whether the dog is male or female, with female dogs growing faster, but male dogs reaching a higher overall weight. Not sure if he can’t hold it or the pain of walking down the stairs is just too hard for him now. My 2nd to last Golden Alex died in 2004 at 17. He fed her, groomed her, had her vet checks and gave her preventative meds.i mostly played games with her in the house. RIP to your Daisy over the Rainbow Bridge. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and due to age and health reasons he was not a candidate for surgery or treatment. She’s been behind the 8 ball from the beginning, but has outlived all her litter mates. He always kept an eye on him. I’m not sure if he will make it to 17 but I know we are so lucky to have had him this long and we will continue to spoil him every day that we can. “Golden retriever study confronts heartbreak of cancer with unparalleled veterinary research effort.” Veterinary News. about 15 hrs. You should budget anywhere from $2,300 upwards to $9,000 or even more for a Golden Retriever with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. My husband is heartbroken about having to say goodby to his best friend. Ask our community of breed professionals or provide knowledgeable answers to users questions below. He will turn 9 on October 1, 2020. They are the world's foremost family pet and companion. He’s been so healthy thank God . Blessed to have had her for as long as we did but the house feels empty without her. Vets recommended a treatment of a series of shots called “melanoma vaccine to prolong his life” I was assured the only side affect might be a slight soreness at the site of the shot. He is oblivious of his age and still does everything he always did. Our wonderful golden Spud had to be put down just after his twelfth birthday, due to widespread cancer that had invaded his lungs. We had to put our golden retriever of 12 years 3 months old down today. The final thing I remind myself is this….the need to be humane and fair. Allow yourself plenty of time to grieve. In January this year (2020) She developed aspirational pnumonia and was rushed to the vets we got her through that but found out it was caused by megaesophagus which is an enlargement of the esophagus. I’m sorry for your loss. My boy, Ranger, was only 8 years old. We made the painful decision to put him down. She had a stroke last summer and we nursed her through it. We want him to have the best life possible. Luckily, there are some things you can do to increase your Golden Retriever’s likely lifespan. Dear Vince; I agree with your experience with Goldens. We are trying to apply the same rules we want applied to ourselves in the future. Some lines of Retrievers are on the smaller scale, while others are on the larger scale. The vet calls him an enigma. My golden has been my first, at 43 years old myself, and will always have a place in my heart. She can’t do stairs anymore or get into cars sadly. There is good information from sources as UC Davis and the FDA, and of course your Veterinarian. And shortly before that, she tried to do her usual leap into the truck, but, was unable to clear her hindquarters, falling backwards onto the pavement. As you can see in this Retriever weight chart, golden retrievers come in a wide range of sizes. The male and female puppies have a little different guideline. Hi. ( I just thought it was nothing).she had it removed, two operations later… she was as good as new. She enjoyed her walks and play time right up until she passed. A jump she’d successfully done a thousand times before. 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