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Breed of the Month: Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever originated in the 1700’s in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. The Labrador Retriever was bred to aid fishermen in retrieving fish as well as a family companion dog. In 1820, an Englishman imported some Labrador Retrievers to England, after seeing how great they were at retrieving and in England hunters used them for retrieving their game. It is no surprise that the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed worldwide – they are highly intelligent, good with other dogs and pets and make wonderful family dogs because they are so friendly with people and children. Labradors are very high energy and require a lot of exercises and mental stimulation. A bored Labrador can easily become destructive and without enough exercise, can become obese very quickly. Labradors have a healthy appetite and are known to eat inedible objects and get into the garbage or “counter surf;” make sure to train your Labrador at an early age to avoid any of these potentially dangerous habits. Nowadays, Labradors are mainly used as family/companion dogs, but you can also see them as police dogs (drug and explosives), search and rescue and guide dogs. If you live an active lifestyle and are looking for a dog that can keep up with you and always brighten your day with a big puppy smile, then the Labrador Retriever may be the right breed for you!

Weight:

  • Male: 65-80 lbs.
  • Female: 55-70 lbs.

Height:

  • Male: 22.5-24.5 in
  • Female: 21.5-23.5 in

Features:

  • Breed Group: Sporting
  • Medium-large breed dog
  • Wide head
  • Kind, friendly eyes, brown or black
  • Black or brown nose
  • Naturally floppy ears
  • Wide chest
  • Dense, short weather resistant coat
  • Coat colours include: yellow, black or chocolate

Expectations:

  • Exercise requirements: High – daily exercise 40 minutes (walks 2-3 times daily)
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Energy Level: High
  • Drool Level: Low
  • Bark Level: Moderate
  • Grooming needs: Moderate
  • Shedding Level: Moderate
  • Intelligence: High
  • Child-Friendly: High
  • Cat/ Dog-Friendly: High

Common Health Problems:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Eye issues
  • Hereditary Myopathy
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Disease

Written by Kylie, CCR

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at West Hill Animal Clinic