Golden Retriever health and care - A very healthy Golden jumping toward camera

This section of Totally Goldens gives help and advice on all aspects of Golden Retriever health and care.

Alongside training, the most important part of being a responsible owner is also making sure your Golden Retriever stays fit, healthy and well cared for their whole life.

You must know how to exercise and feed your Golden Retriever properly. You need to take preventative measures against illness, disease and parasites, but recognize the signs in case they do arise and seek medical help when necessary.

You need to know how to puppy proof your home, socialize your puppy and make decisions on vaccinations. And of course there’s grooming and all aspects of ongoing care.

It’s a lot to learn and a lot to be responsible for. But with a little up-front learning and by putting routines in place, it soon becomes second nature and a way of life.

The Basics Of Golden Retriever Care

These articles provide introductory information that every Golden Retriever owner should know, before we move onto more detailed articles later:

Fitness, Exercise And Games

Golden Retrievers are a working, sporting breed and as such need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy and to stave off boredom.

This group of articles discuss how much exercise your Golden Retriever needs, the benefits it offers, what happens if you don’t provide enough and the various fun and interesting ways you can provide it:

Golden Retriever Diet And Nutrition

To keep your Golden Retriever happy, healthy and to give them a full and active life, you have to provide them with the right nutrition.

This next group of articles covers a Golden Retrievers diet and nutritional needs, discussing what to feed them, how often and how you can make sure your Golden gets all the nutrition they need.

Grooming Your Golden Retriever

Grooming will keep your golden looking good, feeling great and is an important time for you to bond with each other.

It’s also a time for you to regularly check their health, looking for any changes in their body and for any aches or pains. After all, dogs can’t tell us when they have a problem – in fact they are expert at hiding health issues – so it’s up to us to find out.

These next few articles are a complete guide to golden retriever grooming that will help you to keep your pooch looking in tip-top condition, while going a long way to keeping them fit and healthy.

Diseases and Disorders

In the following articles we take a look at many of the common diseases and disorders that can affect your golden retriever.

We discuss the possible causes of these diseases and disorders, how to spot the symptoms, prevention, treatment and what you can do yourself at home to help your dog if affected.


Dogs can suffer allergies to all the same things human can and Golden Retrievers are seen as more prone than most breeds. In this section we discuss how to spot and deal with the most common forms of allergies.


Health and care articles that are hugely important, but don’t quite fit into the categories above:

VIDEO: See How Fit And Agile A Healthy Golden Retriever Is

The following video is a great example of how active, agile, fit and flexible a Golden Retriever can and should be.

The video shows a Golden Retriever taking on an agility course, doing very well and clearly loving every minute of it!

Useful Resources

For further information on general health and care, please see the following authoritative and trustworthy sources:

Golden Retriever Health And Care Archive

Please find below every article we’ve written on health and care, listed in date order, starting with the most recent on top.

At the bottom of the page are links to previous pages of posts in this archive.

Have a browse and please leave a comment if you have any questions or feedback, I’ll be pleased to hear your thoughts or offer any help where I can :-)

Caring for your golden retriever - a GR standing ankle deep in the ocean

An Intro To Caring For Your Golden Retriever

You are your Golden retrievers sole guardian and provider. They rely on you for everything and their health and well-being is well and truly in your hands. In order for your Golden to live as long and as healthy and fit a life as possible, you need to first educate yourself on how to care for them properly and build ...

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When To Call The Vet For Your Golden Retriever

For a number of reasons it can be very hard to know or decide when you should call the vet for your Golden Retriever. For one thing, they aren’t able to talk like us and tell us when they’re hurt or feeling unwell. For another, in the wild a dog that shows signs of weakness may be ignored and shunned ...

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How Much Water Does A Golden Retriever Need?

The importance of water to a dog’s well-being simply cannot be overstated. It aids digestion of food, helps to regulate body temperature, carry’s nutrients around the body, aids in proper kidney function and flushes out waste products. A dog can go for many days without food and can lose almost half their body’s weight of fats and proteins and still ...

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Golden Retriever Grooming – What Tasks Need Doing?

To keep your golden retriever healthy and happy, you need to stay on top of grooming. Just like humans, dogs must be regularly groomed to stay clean and because of a Golden’s long fur, it is essential for preventing matting, which can be painful for your dog and even cause skin trouble. But grooming your Golden Retriever isn’t simply coat care ...

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Identifying and Dealing With Allergies

Anyone who has ever tried to self-diagnose a medical condition using the internet has discovered how many conditions show the same symptoms. Figuring out why your dog is scratching incessantly can be just as frustrating. Is it dry skin? Is it fleas? Or is it a sign that your Golden has developed an allergy to something? Some studies suggest that ...

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Cold Weather and Winter Safety Tips for Dogs

Winter. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s a good chance your golden retriever enjoys every minute of it. With their long coats and bouncy personalities, golden retrievers tend to embrace the cold like they embrace life, thoroughly and joyfully. Despite the tail wagging it invokes, winter can bring chilly temperatures, salty roads and sidewalks, and snowy conditions that ...

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