He will turn 9 on October 1, 2020. So, I am reading all I can on how to make them as healthy as possible. My baby had a terrible reaction from a flea and tick collar whereby all her skin peeled off. Became paralyzed and put her down. my golden retriever is 14 years old he will be 15 on November 25th ,2020. There is an experimental drug and that I may consider is it is available. “Taurine Deficiency and Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Golden Retrievers Fed Commercial Diets”. He would have been 9 years old today. She had a stroke last summer and we nursed her through it. My Vet, UC Davis alum, just put her on a new OTC called Flexadin Advanced with UCII. I would suggest once a week do a good 10 minutes of brushing, use peanut butter smeared on a spoon or a plate to keep the pup from moving around. I am secretely hoping she has just pulled herself ad needs time to recover but can also see her just being old. My husband and I got him at exactly 8 weeks old. It is my belief that the treatment killed him. He also became an awesome therapy dog, hospital, hospice, juvenile court – and even a school shooting crisis. It’s now been fixed, with thanks for letting us know . Phooey with the vet’s diagnosis! Some factors have been tied to this increased cancer risk. From what I have read about the surgery problems, it was the right decision and I think perhaps it was a better outcome. She was on all the same preventatives as Jak. I had to put my golden max to sleep yesterday. Running, jumping, and acting like a pup. We have a vet appointment in a couple of weeks to follow up on the wound. Has some good days and bad. Subtle, but, noticeable head tremors, lasting around five seconds started to occur around this time, too. Genetic factors also play a role in these disorders, though being overweight is also a big factor in Golden Retriever lifespan. Our “ GRADY” is 8 This is hard to watch him struggling to breathe. I am so sorry because I understand you’re pain. Looking back now, WHAT WAS I THINKING???? She is having trouble with arthritis and weakness in her back legs. He has possibly licked a wound into his front paw pad for which he is on antibiotics and allergy medication. She has been a very important part of our family. I’m sorry for your loss. A hour before the vet arrived to send her on her way, she tried to get up. We are left with a huge bag full of memories and love, and we know we helped them reach the stars in peace. His option if the surgery failed would be a dogcart for his back legs, me manually expressing his bladder three times a day and giving him an enema every other day so maggots would not eat the flesh around his anus. I have had her since she was 7 weeks old. I hope and pray he will be with us much longer. Does the dog in your life have a cat in theirs? We love him so much! Now I read they may benefit from grain after all. It was his time, he passed in my arms before the doctor even administered the medicine. The Golden Retriever is a gorgeous, large, and energetic breed. This study is looking at a number of factors, from heavy metals found in water to the pet’s routine and even physical traits, to discover if there is any correlation between these factors and cancer. She is actually still very motivated to walk and eat so very hard to consider any invasive treatment. The oldest ever living Golden Retriever was 20 years old when he passed away. I had no idea about the cancer or shorter life span. Our sweet Golden, Einstein, just turned 14. My Golden Retriever is nearly 14. The vet told me that Scooter had not regained consciousness and there was not much response pupillary, pain, or stimulus. vitamin ” C “Always used filtered tap water to reconstitute their dry dog food. My amazing golden retriever boy Austin is 14 years old. Genetic factors likely play a role in a pet’s susceptibility to cancer, which can decrease their lifespan considerably. He has muscle issues in his back, so have reduced his need to use steps, etc. They excel in obedience and are popular therapy and service dogs. She came from a small family breeder in Massachusetts. My sweet Murphy will turn 10 in March 2021. We fed him Purina Dog Chow his whole life. Dogs ever. His vitals were going down fast so we had to make the gut wrenching decision to put him down. Nothing major. I had to put my beautiful boy Noah to sleep on Christmas Eve. They are depending on their owners to make this decision for them. Our boy is turning 17yo next month and seem like he still has some years in him. To best predict a toyâs adult size, youâll want to take their 6-week weight, double it and then double it again. 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. We continue to cherish each day. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Golden Retriever with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. One of them just dropped dead. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a medium-sized gundog bred primarily for hunting. He was on heartworm for 6 month per year. This was the diet she was on when she came to us as a rescue at 20 months. They are prone to hip dysplasia, cataracts, and skin allergies. Average Golden Retriever size is 55â65lb for an adult female and 65â75lb for an adult male. ; died 15 hrs. She is the best furbaby anyone could ask for. Thanks I will really appreciate your info. He could just die on the floor we didn’t want him to risk having to go through that experience as it would’ve scared Angus. Everyone loved him. Fed 1 cup of Iams dog food twice daily. He is a little slow now with stiff hip joints but he is still sharp mentally with good hearing and sight. wonder, what do you think that contributes to his longevity? We have decided against any kind of radiation/treatment and are just making sure she is comfortable and happy. She was only nine. She has just been diagnosed with a nasal tumor. Hunter could NOT loose weight and I felt like I was starving him…Now he is eating well and has lost weigt and I do not feel like I am starving him…I would be hard pressed to feed any dog any combination of dog food that you purchase…If I had not taken control of his health and what I fed him Hunter would not be with is today…Vets DO NOT know nutrician..I don’t care how many degrees they have…I was fortunate to have a vet that went along with my choices…Hope this helps…. My last one died at 9 also, of cancer. They do not have city water but use tanks to catch rain. Was curious so I googled ‘how long do golden retrievers live’ and came across this article. When we took him to be cremated we told them what had happened and we suspected a brain tumor. Not sure if he can’t hold it or the pain of walking down the stairs is just too hard for him now. He started limping before the age of 7, with the cause eventually diagnosed as osteosarcoma. When is it time to say goodbye? He was fine one day, the next day he had difficulty breathing, and died that evening. You are so lucky. I have just lost my lovely Meg today, just 10.5yrs like your dog. She started with diarrhea in January was treated with 3 courses of antibiotics. We wish we could have known the risks associated with grain free dog foods sooner. His only deficit is vision that is fading. congratulations on your golden Miss Bailey Marie West 16th yr. so happy for you she’s with you for 16 yrs and counting. They think it was his heart, but had had a malignant tumor removed from his leg a year prior. Both have a great bill of health. How ironic because Scooter, as does every Golden Retriever absolutely loved tennis balls. It is important to not over feed the Golden Retriever, as they have a tendency to gain weight. Choice two, prednisone and other corticosteroids. I just read this. She enjoyed her walks and play time right up until she passed. He lives with my X husband in a house with lots of stairs. He suddenly became ill from internal bleeding due to spleen rupture from probable hemangiosarcoma. I really want to see what causes those cancers in Goldens. What a nice long life for buddy. We knew my husband had terminal cancer and had maybe 4 years to live. My house feels empty I see Angus everywhere arouud our home and the parks I took him to. I’m hoping she lives like they used to a decade ago!! A YEAR to the day, Tucker died after having his eye removed due to a tumor 7 months earlier. This is exactly what happened to my beautiful Sophie. I think he would live until 16 if it weren’t for a mass in front of his throat and one that looked like a recurring sore on his side lip. Andrea. He does have him and joint problems but with a shot of adequin monthly he is still going strong. He had a very good coat, teeth, and clear eyes all his life. I still can’t believe it. I am devastated. Turmeric has been amazing for both him and me. I miss her loving companionship. The Golden is a heavy shedder. This was another surgery but quicker recovery. In this article, we’ll answer the question, “How long do Golden Retrievers live?” and discuss what factors affect a Golden Retriever’s lifespan. Cave. So started giving her glucosamine. I am heartbroken. Both breeds are almost identical in size with the females being a bit smaller and weighing 55 to 70 pounds. Is 7 years old typical? He was a rescue from the pound whom I was blessed to have come into my life when he was 1 year old. Quality of life is my goal for her. My sweet girl is 11.5 years old. I guess you can say that she had the most typical golden retriever diseases. He had adrenal cancer. Up until then she was a lively and loving certified therapy dog, and when she wasn’t bringing joy to all of those folks who were fortunate enough to have met her, she was frolicking in the backyard with her 8 month old Standard Poodle brother. I’m 43 and I haven’t cried like this since i was a kid. He would be walking and stumble over, then the moaning started….I was up all night with him doing whatever I could to comfort, but he would pace aimlessly around the house and yard. He still seems to be quite happy… So don’t think we’re ready to pts yet…. This way your pup will be 100% used to grooming and having its feet touched for nails by the time he / she is full grown. Her hearing has diminished and she sleeps heavily for long periods. I find it interesting that she had a serious reaction to a flea and tick medication a year before her cancer diagnosis. We are praying she will be with a few more birthdays. Knew when someone was sad and he was needed. “Neutering Dogs: Effects on Joint Disorders and Cancers in Golden Retrievers.” PLOS One. We just lost our 13y old Daisy 2 days ago. The Golden Retriever is one of the easiest breeds to train. our Moses – Golden Retriever , just passed away two days ago, Jan 12, 2020. he was only 5 yrs and 3 months. The vet says as long as he eats normally and can walk on his own, it is ok. Looking back now, I distinctly remember making a mental note of the swaying, as well as her being a bit more laid back than usual. It has been a week now and my heart still aches for him. It was a challenge to have two goldens but I don’t regret it. Thank God it was a dry bite but it was the next day before we realized something was wrong. While there they told me his blood tests were abnormal, super high white blood cell count, etc. I love my Golden’s, but I can’t handle losing them so early. Unfortunately she was just diagnosed with moderate kidney disease. We had to put our golden retriever of 12 years 3 months old down today. He is turning 11 December 26 2019. Any helpful thoughts to make him more comfortable. Our Molly will be 15 in November. He is not doing very well lately. Our golden Miss Bailey Marie West will be 16 on the 21st of January. I’m absolutely heartbroken. 125 lbs…He will be 14 in June 2019..Also Hypothyroid…He has had chronic ear infections, terrible itching!! I had to put my other golden Sophie to sleep at 12.5 yrs old old almost 3 years ago. Back in January my golden retriever”Snowy age 13” also had a lump on her lip.after my daughter pestering me to get it checked. Question: How much should a newborn Golden Retriever puppy weigh? I just love the comments I have read and the golden are the best. The Golden Retriever would be an excellent companion and working dog for you. Hip and bone problems can also factor into a dog’s quality of life as they age. My boy Tex is 14 and doing great! It is true. Reilly’s symptoms that started a week ago were occasional shortness of breath, on his third day of noticeable health issues , he refused to ear his breakfast on Tuesday 1 / 14 / 20. took him to the Vet. We have decided against surgery as we feel she is too old and would prefer to enjoy a shorter life than be subject to fear and pain. Golden Retriever Puppy Growth Charts. I try hard not to think about it. Our girl Bella will be 13 this year. Never sick and still works for me. Blood work showed normalcy. No pet has ever or will ever be as wonderful as he was to me. I love him so much. Just recently diagnosed a MCT on her foot and since she’s only got 3 feet, it’s been a struggle. What has Sunny’s diet been? While DCM may not be the case for you, it is worth a phone call to your vet. Our second Golden, Jak, was born 3-1-07. You will never be forgotten. They have the best temperament and so adaptive to your lifestyle. Bless you. The vet gave several options – unfortunately opthalmic specialists closed till New Year. We are on day 4 of Masivet to try and shrink it before removal. My golden Capri just turned 15 years old. Our Luke is 15 and has zero health issues, other than being deaf and a little blind. He definitely wanted to just be a dog. My Daisy is 12 and a half and I would be lost without her. We just lost our Golden, “Biscuit” at 12 years 9 months on December 19, 2018. Found a Bleed behind the eyes after he had a stroke or siezure in my arms. This well-known, pioneering mixed breed first appeared in the 1990s and has gained in popularity ever since. My second golden turned 13 in March 2020. However, out of 3 litters (24 puppies) our largest puppy at birth was 17 ounces and the smallest was 10.5 ounces. My friend’s Golden was 5 when diagnosed with kidney cancer in May. Praise both dogs when they are being calm. I serve her on daily basis I cup overlap, add her Nutra Drive, Nuvet Plus one pill, Nu joint DS, one pill, a spoon of olive oil, and 2 clove of garlic mush down for no tics. We used the seven point assessment method scale to make the decision (we took readings everyday). Knowing that it was dire, I rushed him to the emergency vet. We picked her up from the pound, and the dog catcher had been picking her up for 3 years. Treated her with heart meds and Lasix to try and reduce the fluid. The anesthetic was too much and after a few weeks his organs failed. Riva, Gretel. A really good diet and care will make a big difference. Retrievers, not just dogs but one of the best things about being on this planet! We lost our golden on the 28th of October 2018. He told me I should see a neurologist to be sure, but, he felt 99.9% sure my girl had a brain tumor. However, every night right before you go to bed, take 1 - 2 minutes of your dog and do a really light brushing and touching of the pups feet. It was a horrible time. This isn’t the best time to get a new puppy….you cannot replace one dear doggo with another. From a different breeder, Reilly a neuter male at 7 months old; just died at age 12 yrs . Golden Retrievers are the purity and epitome of what love is supposed to be! Her legs are bad now. He was greeted at the door by his buddies, my 15 y/o lab Toby, and our 3 y/o Australian Shephard Sadie, all adopted by the way, as he was happy to be home. The male and female puppies have a little different guideline. This sucks we feel your pain. It made a big difference and he lost 20 pounds over time. Then IBD set in. This sounds exaxtly what has just happened to us. It had to be a brain tumor! I'm sure that you'd find your answer that way. I’m don’t want to cut him and it’s hard decision to make to get them cut out. Our Golden continues as we speak to give unconditional love. Required fields are marked *. We made the heart wrenching decision, and I brought his buddies to see him at the vet. Wishing you and her many more loving years together. My Golden is almost 7 and just diagnosed with severe arthritis in his elbows. I will always carry the love and memories of my Dear Maddie….she is still very much alive in my heart. food, lots of walk, exercise, play? They are always gentle and patient with children. He falls sometimes, even just doing the one step up into the front door. Or it could be that the younger Golden had a bad interaction with an older Golden in the past that you are not aware of. I know your heart is breaking. This is our fourth golden and is the longest lived of the all. We feed him taste of the wild salmon, which seems to help his skin. She is small though, 55 lbs and has always been at a good weight. What to Expect: You can expect your puppyâs appetite to gradually increase over time. Named after a golden retriever from a book I read many years ago by Dean Koontz called “Watchers” he has truly been a blessing to us. I am bereft. Our UK goldie is 9 3/4 yrs. A big strong dog who almost never needed to be told any wish twice, was driven to want to be agreeable and please, and would suffer emotionally if criticized or scolded. This study is being undertaken by the Morris Animal Foundation and just kicked off in 2015. Get puppy used to it by doing it gently everyday. If anyone reading this has diet advice for Golden’s I’d like to hear it. Sylvia. We’re just so grateful he’s still with us and has been so low maintenance throughout his entire life. Better to euthanize an hour too soon than a second too late. She ended up in her vet’s office as an emergency due to her having a seizure. Maureen, I know the pain you are feeling. He was my shadow. I made an appointment with an orthopedic specialist to confirm the first vet’s arthritis diagnosis. We have an almost 14 year old Golden and he limps on one front leg and has a hard time to lay down or to get up. My golden retriever is 13 years old and I pray we have for many more years to come. We’re not really sure how old he is because he was a rescue and the vet thought he was about a year and a half when we adopted him, 10 years ago. We took him to emergency vet in middle of the night and they said it was tampanade, likely caused by a ruptured Hemangiosarcoma tumor near his heart. His presence was calming and he was so gentle. Make sure you do your research before buying or adopting your four-legged companion. It was bad, but she seemed to come out of it ok. Less than 48 hours later, she had another seizure. I think you know it’s time when normal everyday aspects of their life diminish. My goldie Max will be 16 in May, although heartbreakingly I don’t think he is going to see this landmark birthday. She still enjoys her daily walks and is eating well. Blessed to have had her for as long as we did but the house feels empty without her. We put down our 14 and 9 month year old dog last night. We have another that’s 8 and a third that’s 2. I still miss him and want another, but dont know if my heart can take the loss again. She’s a gentle giant at 90 pounds. Please know I have felt that same pain. After it just being him for 13 or so years. While we were there he had a series of seizures, no outward reason for it. I feel like she “takes care of me”. This cleared up the yeast occurrences in our golden’s ears. My Golden Retriever is 9 years old and in excellent health. My 12 year old son stayed by her side for nearly 18 hours, sleeping on the floor next to her on her final night and not leaving her alone into the next day. Do you still maintain that table scraps are ok ? He had the worst seizure in my truck on the way back to the vet, and as I carried him in and put him into the exam table my thoughts were torn. My last golden died at age 11, so I am happy to say my present golden is 13. He is healthy and plays as though he is a puppy. Approximately three weeks ago, I noticed an ever-so-slight swaying motion as she stood across from me in the kitchen, waiting patiently for her breakfast. My first Goldie died aged 8 the vet diagnosed Lupus after many many tests. X Research source Amy Marder, The Complete Dog Owner's Manual, p. 43, (1997), ISBN 1-875137-83-1 Always use the same method for weighing to keep the results as â¦ Take advantage of our PuppyMatch service or simply browse our massive directory of dog breeds, dog breeders and puppy for sale listings. Our first, Buddy, was born in 1990 and lived to be 14. Vogelsang, Jessica. He was as good as gold and went out of this world wagging his tail. I should have known, I should have known…. Hi Katie, I’m so sorry for your loss I have a grand dog Golden retriever named chance he is the light of my life and such a sweet heart he is 5 now and his brother just passed with cancer and now his sister has cancer and now I’m really concerned about chance will he get it and your family sounds just like mine because he knows when your sad I give him body massages and he loves it and he gets so relax when I do this love him. I did what I was told and meticulously followed the vet’s plan of care, however by the fourth day I was seeing no improvement. I see her turning grey around her eyes and on her muzzle and i cry. She gets enzymes and some other supplements daily. She was the sweetest dog ever! We had a female Golden Retriever who lived to be 16 years old. I had enough! Nuvet plus pills will prevent cancer. I had to make the heavy decision to let him go. 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. Ate normally Saturday evening but progressivly went down hill. My first golden, Maggie, was the sweetest girl and everyone loved her. My heart aches for him and feel that 8 was not enough time for him. She is a wonderful dog but now is having a some problems. After losing her eyesight though she has started to show her age. We’ve had 3 Golden’s. He cannot enjoy walks anymore. She has traveled all over the world. He had been neutered as a puppy, fed a raw (BARF) diet, and until his last year, when arthritis began to slow him down, was energetic and healthy. I had a golden growing up and I just love this breed. Or hiding behind a lawn chair on the deck instead of sunning herself, like she always did before. I’m so saddened to see the life expectancy of golden retrievers is getting lower. So full of love and patience. Just loving her through this next journey however long we have. It never slowed her down though! 2014. We got him when he was 8 weeks old. Breeds: Golden Retriever & Poodle. We are devastated. Is always hungry and sleeps A LOT. The vet said it was arthritis and prescribed Adequan, Dasaquin and Galliprant. So they did a few tests. They have a tendency to be overly exuberant and What a difference it made. He only got rabies and distemper vaccines. I thought we would be lucky to make 15 years – now 16 years doesn’t seem impossible. Both dogs tracked pounds of mud and sand into the house, shed bales of dog hair, dragged us out in awful weather, so couldn’t have been more cherished and loved. He is also overweight, even though we measure his food and give him small amounts, we can’t seem to get his weight down, he’s 125lbs, he is a big is stature golden though, he’s very tall and wide boned. Smith, Gail. ?? Organs healthy, very selective hearing, I use a flashlight for her going down the steps for her at night. He is having some incidence of hind legs giving out occasionally. Check with your vet. . She has torn both of her ACLs and we did not do surgery. He lived to be 14. We are going to travel for a couple of years then get another but she’ll always hold a special place in our hearts. Pet parents often show interest in knowing the age-wise or week-wise or month-wise puppy growth process. All can can say if interested in the breed always buy from a well reputable breeder and away shave some kind of pet insurance. He is oblivious of his age and still does everything he always did. Axel was 12.5 yesterday when we made the hardest decision to PTS. Have a question about Golden Retrievers? 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. Then this past Friday he collapsed in our yard. Chocolate Lab I fostered and adopted who had been found emaciated, weighing only 45 lbs., nursed back to health by me, but, due to his previous starvation, had bone issues, which did not present themselves until the poor dog blew the last four vertebrae in his lower lumbar region, leaving him paralyzed and only able to pull himself around on the floor with his front paws, watery excrement dribbling from his flaccid anal opening. Rex is 2 months shy of 15 years old. I always thought I would have her another 3 years..The time we have with them is never long enough. 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