Many things can easily tell you whether the adult lab is healthy or not. You need to verify each body part and signs that a healthy Labrador retriever has. Taking care of your Labrador can also eliminate the risk of getting unhealthy.

An adult Labrador retriever is healthy if they have a conservative attitude, healthy weight, bright and clear eyes, pink gums, and soft, thick, and lustrous coat. Also, their teeth and ear should be clean.

In this blog, we will try to determine whether your Labrador retriever is healthy or not after completing this blog. I will also give you the best ways to check their body parts. There is no need to visit a vet if you check yourself. Visiting a vet is a good idea when you unable to encounter the problem. But if you find any health issue in your lab, the better is to go without waiting for your Labrador to recover naturally.

1. Alert and engaging attitude:

alert labrador

If your Labrador retriever is eager to spend time with you and your family, this is good news. The most healthy Labrador retriever has some interesting attitude: if your lab is greeting you at the door and waiting for you to come and whenever you arrive, they happily spend time with you. They are coming to you for playtime; if this happens to you, your lab is healthy. The problem comes when your Labrador suddenly starts spending time alone. They avoid your company. They probably sleep more than usual. It can be a sign of a health issue. If you encounter these types of behavior in your Labrador, you must pay attention to your dog and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

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2. Healthy weight:

healthy labrador

Your Labrador retriever should not too thin or too fat. Both health condition is bad for your pet. The best way to see a healthy weight is: feel your labrador’s ribs when you run your hand along their side. But the question is, how can you tell that your labrador is too thin or too fat? It is effortless to answer, and you can figure it out quickly; if you can count every rib of your labrador, your pet is too thin, and if you can’t feel them at all, then your labrador is just too fat.

If your labrador gains excessive weight, it may cause pet obesity. Pet obesity is a top health concern for veterinarians. It is the same problem in dogs as humans, such as diabetes, heart and lung diseases. If you notice your dog has dropped a noticeable amount of weight, a checkup is recommended as this could also be a sign of health issues. If this happens to your labrador, you should discuss an ideal meal plan with your veterinarian to maintain the healthy weight of your labrador retriever.

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3. Bright and clear eyes:

bright and clear eye

How can you check your labrador eyes to check whether your dog is healthy or not? It looks the same if you don’t notice it. It is not that tough to check your labrador eyes, your labrador retriever’s eyes should be clear, and the pupils should be the same size. The most important thing you should keep in mind is no excessive discharge or signs of irritation. 

You should also check for ingrowing eyelashes or hair that looks like it’s causing a problem. You should have to visit a veterinarian if any of these symptoms mismatch with your dog. 

There is another method to check the health of your labrador’s eyes; you just have to gently ease the eyelids apart with your index finger and thumb. Now you need to get the result of your labrador’s eye; if your lab’s eyes are nice and clear, its eyes are normal. Also, you have to see your reflection in their eyes. The more you see the reflection, the better your lab’s eyes are.

Check for discharge from the eye of your labrador retriever from time to time. If a thick yellow or green discharge appears, it is a clear sign that your lab got some infection. You should avoid ignoring such an issue of your dog as the eyes of your labrador retriever or any dog breed are delicate structures.

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4. Pink gums:

pink gums

As the mentioned color in the title, I think you already get that the color of your lab’s gum should be pink. A healthy Labrador retriever should have salmon-pink gums. The color of the gums or eye lining gives a good indicator of your pet’s being.

How to check the health of your labrador’s gum?

  • Lift the jowl and look at the gums.
  • Press the gums with the ball of your finger.

The gums should turn white briefly but return to normal pink color within 2-3 seconds.

If the color of gum of your labrador other than pink, then your dog may have some health issue like:

Gum color of your dogHealth status
Salmon pink gumsHealthy.
Pale pink gumsAnemic or have a circulatory problem.
Yellow gumsJaundice.
Blue tinged gumsheart or chest problems or something blocking the airways.

5. Check testicles or mammary glands:

If your labrador retriever is a male dog, you should have to check testicles of equal size. If you have a female labrador retriever, you can check by: run your hand along both sides of the mammary area to check for any lumps. If you encounter any size differences or abnormalities, you need to visit a vet.

6. Have soft, thick and lustrous coat:

lab freedom

If your labrador retriever is healthy, they typically have a shiny, clean coat due to natural oils and shedding. There is no need to take their bath routinely unless your lab got dirty; this is also a sign of a healthy pet. Your labrador may often lick, chewing, or scratching; it could be a sign of skin irritationskin allergies, a bug bite, or the presence of fleas. If this happens to your lab, make an appointment with a veterinary checkup to encounter the problem.

7. Examine your lab’s ears:

The best way to check the ears is to look inside their ears and compare one with the other. Both ears of your labrador retriever should look the same. Another sign of good health in labrador is clean ears: no waxy buildup, no discharge, and no spicy or musky smell. You will be surprised to know that the clean ears of labrador retrievers also help maintain average body temperature by radiating heat out.

How to examine your labrador retriever ears?

  • You should see the entrance to the ear canal as a dark hole.
  • The lining of the ear flap should look like regular skin and not be thickened, inflamed, reddened, or crusty.
  • If you notice the latter, or if there is a discharge in the ear (ranging from thick black wax to smelly pus), seek veterinary attention.
  • Don’t forget to smell your dog’s ears.

It should smell of nothing other than “dog.” Any different unpleasant smell that makes you recoil, you should seek a veterinary to better encounter the problem.

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8. Clean teeth:

labrador teeth looking

Your Labrador retriever should have clean teeth with no tartar buildup and reasonably fresh breath. As you already know, a healthy mouth is a gateway to a healthy pet. If your labrador retriever relatively clean-smelling breath and clean teeth absent of tartar buildup, it is a good sign of the lab’s health. You can routinely check the dental care of your labrador; it can help improve the overall health and longevity of your lab by spotting issues early on.

How to check the health of your lab’s teeth?

  • First of all, you need to check the mouth for anything out of the ordinary.
  • Labrador’s gums should be pink, as I already discussed.
  • Check for growth and lumps.
  • You need to check the teeth are clear, and none of the teeth should be loose.
  • Check the tongue for cuts and sores.
  • Lift the lab’s lip to see its teeth.
  • Look for browny-yellow tartar deposits on the surface of the teeth, inflamed or bleeding gums (gingivitis), or a bad odor from the mouth. If these signs occur on your lab’s mouth, you need to visit a vet.

If your Labrador retriever has a bad breath problem, then this usually happens because of digestive issues.

9. Check the nose:

lab nose

Your labrador may have warm, dry noses. The nose should be moist and cool. Keep an eye out for excessive discharge, sneezing, and that breathing is easy and unobstructed.

Aditya Kashyap Mishra

Aditya Kashyap Mishra, blogger, and co-founder of I love to research and write different things. I don't know much about dogs but always curious to know about them. At last, I love singing the most.

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