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. She still acts like a puppy. Your email address will not be published. Absolutely nothing we could do accept make him comfy while we let him go. A year later he was joined by Tucker. Not sure if his problems are a result of poor breeding or what, but he’s been the best dog we have ever had. She is definitely a great family pet and a true Marine Corps dog. Nuvet plus pills will prevent cancer. He is only six, my second golden after I lost my first to cancer at the age of 10. It was in our back yard at a 2:00 am potty break and we had never seen one and nor did we see or find the one that bit him. Well spotted, what an unusual typo! She was born in 1982, and passed on in 1998. My gorgeous, little Golden Retriever died the way she lived–gently. He was big boned and tall. It’s so hard to lose a family member. But it’s still important to ensure your Golden has a healthy balanced diet. When he got home he wouldn’t eat and acted lethargic / wobbly when he walked. 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. She started having problems jumping up into 4 wheeler last year. Goldens are incredible family pets. He is healthy and plays as though he is a puppy. The 8th week of the Golden Retrieverâs life is usually the time it settles into its new home forever. He has had one cancerous tumor removed with clean margins about 5 years ago and actually got bit by a venomous snake at 12 1/2. After it just being him for 13 or so years. 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. They always lived to 13 or 14 with only a rabies shot Never medication for ticks and heart worm. She has always thought of herself as a puppy and loves to play with her toys. Of course, there are different Golden Retrievers lines as well. She wants to eat all the time, so I started mixing a 1/4 cup of her Blue Buffalo senior dog food with equal amounts of rice, chicken and a veggie…which she loves. She got sick yesterday with a high fever and swelling under her neck. I know we are nearing the end of our journey together and probably won’t make it to 14, but for now we are hanging in there. She is the best dog ever. Everyone loved him. He was the best dog I’ve ever seen. We wish we could have known the risks associated with grain free dog foods sooner. A prior growth on her buttocks area was removed when she was about 10. You will never be forgotten. One prognosis was possible tumour behind the eye linked to kidney cancer so at this stage she has drops and painkillers and is being kept inside apart from toilet breaks. I can understand you missing him. My house feels empty I see Angus everywhere arouud our home and the parks I took him to. He was welcomed into our home and the other dogs welcomed him into their pack. His breathing was becoming so labored that he was euthanized that afternoon. Based on the expected height and weight of the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever, a Golden Lab Mix can weigh up to 80 pounds. ; died 15 hrs. She’s been behind the 8 ball from the beginning, but has outlived all her litter mates. Have a question about Golden Retrievers? Their lifespans are decreasing. Angus also an exceptionally handsome Golden very thick wavy golden fur with a big square head. It was very sudden. She enjoyed her walks and play time right up until she passed. He suddenly became ill from internal bleeding due to spleen rupture from probable hemangiosarcoma. Or the 80 lb. Then he was always laying down. Answer: In our first litter the average newborn puppy weighed just over 1 pound (16 ounces). I love her so much.. Hi Deborah, She had low grade lymphoma and a secondary cancer of liver cancer that spread to her lungs. However, I know I will have to do what’s right and I can’t bare that at this time right now. He was only sick for one day – tumor on his spleen, but the Vet felt it wasn’t the only one. PLOS One. Before we had Spud we had another golden, Wiley. Unfortunately, she is showing signs of age. Then the calf came back and they remembered each other." This is our fourth golden and is the longest lived of the all. He is just retired as a guide dog. Neither was overweight per my Vet. She cannot stand up without assistance, and can no longer go down stairs. Kaplan, Joanna (et al). We are currently feeding a kibble diet (Acana Wild Atlantic) and incorporating some raw food (primal freeze dried nuggets or beef & bone raw meat from a local supplier), no grain. I always thought I would have her another 3 years..The time we have with them is never long enough. He will turn 9 on October 1, 2020. Our golden Willy just had heart surgery to release fluid buildup in the sack that surrounds the heart. Now I read they may benefit from grain after all. 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. Bridgette/Bridge/Blook / She/Her / Polysexual / Leo / Lecer / 17 / ENFP / Blood Aspect / Phlegmatic This is my personal blog !! No known cause of the diarrhea after several tests. We hope they live 20 healthy long years but realize that is unlikely. Vet is amazed at his bloodwork and he still loves his walks. Our female just had her 13 birthday and our male is 101/2. So she’s on heart medicine to see if that will help her symptoms and keep her quality of life good. She’s had hip issues for years and been on arthritis medicine but she’s just lately had issues breathing. I worry about him being overweight and it causing future health problems. The outer coat is firm, resilient, and can be wavy or straight. I got to experience the unconditional love, and brightness my golden retriever, Angus, brought to my Family and I for almost 9 years. Monday, November 5, my heart broke as I made the decision to let her go to sleep. She is small though, 55 lbs and has always been at a good weight. Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? Wife cry’s daily knowing the hard decision is coming up. I had to put my golden max to sleep yesterday. We have a vet appointment in a couple of weeks to follow up on the wound. She can’t walk long distances anymore and is struggling to stand for long periods. Dogs can turn grey early, just as humans can. One of them just dropped dead. How terribly sad – very sorry for your loss Jamie. She’s been a trooper though. My golden I have now his name is Baxter and he will be 4 in June. Bruno will be 12 in April, I hope. I put my lover boy to sleep on Christmas Eve! Its okay, my dog is a very skinny dog and now we have to dlfeed her in the morning. I thought we would be lucky to make 15 years – now 16 years doesn’t seem impossible. However, you have to be aware not to over do the activity for your pet. We love her!! I highly recommend glucosomine (sp?). Never wore a leash or collar his whole life. He was so special!!!! I am so afraid for him and not can’t conceive my world without him. We took him to the vet 4 days ago and I was prepared to let him go but adrenaline kicked in and he was his old self for 2 hours and the vet was optimistic it may be something temporary. Our baby girl Molly just turned 13 yesterday. This girl is with me every minute of everyday except for the 2 hours I am at church and I’m working on that. He loves kids and hugs everyone he meets. 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. It was his time, he passed in my arms before the doctor even administered the medicine. She had a small mass removed from her mouth/lip which turns out to be melanoma. While we were there with Rosco I am so happy we did this as I loved him so much and wanted to help him out and take away his pain. We’re Air Force – ours is named after Luke Air Force base. In fact, they are friendly with everyone. She was slowing down due to her age. She must be tired and weak but still loves walks and attention from her humans. He weighs 110lbs. They are prone to hip dysplasia, cataracts, and skin allergies. In July of 2019, Wyatt developed a tumor on his neck and it grew quickly. My golden “Orian” will be 17 in April of 2020. She developed hives and welts and her IBD turned into small cell lymphoma. We live in Somerset, UK and have been blessed with the funniest, bravest dog with such a huge character ( although I’m convinced he believes he’s actually a four legged human! You could put a roast beef on the floor, just tell him quietly to leave it, and not only would he leave it, he would walk away and ignore it. 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. 23! They always make me smile and love you unconditionally. No pet has ever or will ever be as wonderful as he was to me. I particularly dread the prospect of telling my five year old son: when we came home from the hospital with him on being introduced to George to my astonishment Merlin put a paw so incredibly gently on his head, George just giggled and they are now great friends, with George chatting away to Merlin when he thinks no one is looking. You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Golden Retriever with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. It has been a week now and my heart still aches for him. We are left with a huge bag full of memories and love, and we know we helped them reach the stars in peace. The Golden is a heavy shedder. 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. He was diagnosed with inoperable hemingiosarcoma in Feb 2020, and given six weeks to live. 2014. Knowing that she will be free of pain and living an eternal life helps, but knowing how much you will miss her hurts. She is home with antibiotics but goes Friday for another check. It healed nicely & he was doing well, with no sign of pain or lameness and lots of energy. 2018. Maureen, I know the pain you are feeling. food, lots of walk, exercise, play? I am yearning for him back but after 6 months if anti sickness injections and antibiotics perking him up for a short time, the kast few days were different. We also just lost our seemingly healthy 9.5 year old to bone cancer (Nov. 1) that started on right shoulder and moved to lungs. 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. He loved all his favourite things, especially food and any expedition or exercise, was difficult to scold because he had tremendous self-confidence, but he was loyal and very focussed on his family. She’s still as sweet as can be! Our golden, Freedom, is 16 years and 7 months. We miss them very much. He receives all the preventive vaccines out there today, plus heartworm and flea and tick. 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). She explained in the video: "Then he [the puppy] went away for three months. My boy Jake will be 13 January 9th. My Vet, UC Davis alum, just put her on a new OTC called Flexadin Advanced with UCII. Though the survey is far from over and will probably take another decade to complete, scientists are hopeful that they will discover the cause behind these beloved dogs’ rising cancer rate and quickly dropping lifespan. Puck has always been an alpha dog, and he’s still a bull-in-a-china-shop. She isn’t very gray in the face and except for a little trouble getting up sometimes, she is doing great. She was the very definition of unconditional love. He started limping before the age of 7, with the cause eventually diagnosed as osteosarcoma. I have a Golden who just turned 8. Ask our community of breed professionals or provide knowledgeable answers to users questions below. My Sasha Bella is 15 years and 1 month. The Golden Retriever has a double coat that is water repellent and weather resistant. What do you feed your GR? My first lived to be 15. Please keep my family in your prayers. I was unaware that Goldens used to live much longer or has an increased prevalence toward cancer. We carried her back to the vet and put her at peace. He would eat but only smaller portions, which wasn’t like him. She is a wonderful dog but now is having a some problems. As you can see in this Retriever weight chart, golden retrievers come in a wide range of sizes. She was on all the same preventatives as Jak. Our wonderful golden Spud had to be put down just after his twelfth birthday, due to widespread cancer that had invaded his lungs. My last golden lived to 12. I think you know it’s time when normal everyday aspects of their life diminish. We weren’t with her when she departed. We knew my husband had terminal cancer and had maybe 4 years to live. and is maintaing 94 lbs. Rex is 2 months shy of 15 years old. I miss and love him so much. Her hind hips have lost all muscle mass. She’s a cancer survivor as during a routine exam about 5years ago they caught a tumor in its very beginning stages. She is 8 years old. Just found this post…We also have a wonderful Golden Boy!! I just read this. I love my Golden’s, but I can’t handle losing them so early. I just love the comments I have read and the golden are the best. He had a bit of an upset stomach on Friday night, but Saturday morning he appeared fine. It is so hard to make this tough decision, I hope you can keep her as long as possible and find a way to help her drink I add water to the feed but maybe it’s not that easy with your girl. No doubt, this popularity comes from the fact that they are extremely suitable pets. Females typically weigh between 55-71 pounds and stand 20-22 inches at the withers. We had to put our golden retriever of 12 years 3 months old down today. The breed precise growth chart can be very useful to measure the progress of your puppy. 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. This will probably be my last golden unless I were to rescue an older one, as I myself are aging and no energy for a pup. Both breeds have a loyalty streak that you can count on. Given below is the Golden Retriever Growth Chart in Kilograms (Kg.) 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. We said good bye to our 16 years and 2 week old sweetheart, Madison, yesterday. She has torn both of her ACLs and we did not do surgery. I wanted to do surgery to save his life, but the vet said his prognosis was very poor. I know the feeling of dread as they age. How do you dispose of a golden retriever when you broke any separating do you turn them into the BET Humane Society I don’t know. But it gets a little easier. She crossed over in her sleep. The Golden Retriever would be an excellent companion and working dog for you. The average cost for all Golden Retrievers sold is $900. He lives with my X husband in a house with lots of stairs. The name "toller" is derived from their ability to lure waterfowl within gunshot range. So you know Rosco who had weak hips over the past 3 years started slowly losing his appetite about 3 weeks ago. Especially with children. The under coat is dense and soft in texture. How ironic because Scooter, as does every Golden Retriever absolutely loved tennis balls. We were so reluctant to finalize our decision but seeing him so uncomfortable and miserable was horrible; we just could not let him go on like that. Her Dad an AKC Grand Champion. However, only decades ago Golden Retrievers lived to be much older, usually around 16 to 17 years. Toby turned away and layed down exactly as he did when their girl, Sandy, our 15 y/o lab was put to rest a year earlier at our home. Goldies really are the best breed in my opinion. He was slowing doen a few months ago and we attributed it to age but yesterday took him to the vet and was given the life changing news. So we got one about a year ago. They said his gums were not healthy which pointed to internal bleeding. I am devastated and can’t stop crying. He falls sometimes, even just doing the one step up into the front door. It broke my heart. The final thing I remind myself is this….the need to be humane and fair. Your dog will always love you. Scooter was playing like normal the week before he passed. I am sorry for your lost I have 2 golden retrievers there my friends dogs but there like my own I am apart of there family and they are 4 or 5 years old I going be sad when there time comes I find them in the after life I lost so many people and I can’t wait when I died I am 38 healthy person we will see are love ones again. I do suggest to u that u get another puppy so Cassie has a partner. I wanted to reechedule the appt but my husband reminded me that we were warned soMething traumatic like a bleed or seizure could happen. He’s my second i adopted him at 3 and will adopt another later on in life. Maybe she will make Guinness book some day.? I still miss him and want another, but dont know if my heart can take the loss again. My second died aged 14 in poor health and wirth a skin complaint. Blessed to have had her for as long as we did but the house feels empty without her. Itâs your first week home with your puppy. My sweet golden was diagnosed with Lymphoma at the age of 21 months. He is fed 4health chicken with rice, liquid vitamin mixed in it for extra. Running, jumping, and acting like a pup. Is always hungry and sleeps A LOT. Both will most likely react the same, so neither one is better than the other when it comes to protection and alerting to a bear. The vet gave several options – unfortunately opthalmic specialists closed till New Year. My Rosie passed last week. They will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they are sufficiently exercised. He cannot enjoy walks anymore. In the clip, the excited pooch jumps onto a ledge while waiting for the calf to approach. 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