Top Causes of Death in Labradors



After surveying cause of death in a survey (hundreds responded) on my Facebook page a few weeks ago, I have reviewed the answers– if cause of death was CLEAR and diagnosed (some were not mentioned)…here are the results:


Renal (kidney) failure – (26)

  • Limiting the drugs,vaccines and surgical procedures your pet is subjected to throughout her life will reduce the amount of toxins her liver and kidneys must process. Kidney failure in elderly dogs is usually the result of worn out organs. The less stress on your pet’s kidneys, the longer they’ll do their job effectively.
  • Feeding abalanced, species-appropriate diet instead of commercial pet food will supply your dog’s body with the fundamental nutrition he requires for the health of every organ and system in his body, including his kidneys. ( Low quality, highly processed pet foods – in particular dry kibble, which lacks the moisture content and quality protein pets need — are being linked to many of the degenerative diseases seen in pets today.  – Dr. Karen Becker, DVM (Mercola Healthy Pets)


Diabetes (5)


Bloat (2)


Flipped Stomach (1)


Addisons Disease (1)


Syrangal paralysis (6)


Heart failure/disease (13)


Cancer (84)  of those who offered what type:


2 – lung

3 – stomach

6- bone

6- tumor


(rest were not clarified)

“The fact that certain types of cancers occur more often in particular breeds of dogs and cats lends much evidence to the concept of a genetic cause for the disease. We do know that the genetic mutations that cause cancer can occur in the reproductive cells of male and female animals, and these mutations can be passed on to puppies and kittens, giving rise to a heritable predisposition to different types of tumors. Most cancers, however, arise from mutations that occur to genes during a dog’s or cat’s lifetime that were not present at birth. These mutations can result from internal factors, such as exposure to naturally occurring hormones, or external factors, such as environmental tobacco smoke, chemicals, or even sunlight.


In people we know that up to one-third of all tumors are related to environmental and lifestyle factors. In veterinary oncology, we have discovered that nutrition, hormones, viruses, and carcinogens such as smoke, pesticides, UV light, asbestos, waste incinerators, polluted sites, radioactive waste, and canned cat foods can increase the risk of cancer in pets.


Antioxidants (high Orac value with berries) is the best defense against the free radicals that cause abnormal cell growth. (


Seizures (7)


Hips/Arthritis (23)

  • Don’t get a lab unless the breeder does OFA certification on hips and elbows, this is endemic in the breed.  Responsible breeders will be doing health clearances for this!
  • A good joint supplement can prevent and treat this issue (


Liver Failure (5)


Cushings Disease (6)


Lymes (2)


Vaccine reaction (1)


THANK YOU to all those who participated!


Donna Stanley (


  1. My Drake was not 9 until Dec,2017 . He just passed on 5/26/2017 in Gastric Dilatation Volvulus. . My Drake’s stomach was swollen ,when he walked into the Animal Hospital.
    Three or four hours later the Doctors reported to me over the phone that his stomach was about 65%-70% lost and blue in color or dead. I was at the Airport in TEXAS trying to reach my Buddy waiting to get on my 7:00 pm .
    fly to Philly . Before, I was on my flight we had decided to put him down. It was only 4:00-4:30 Pm. He was just at our VET’S a few months ago and came out with a clean bill
    of health at 89 Lbs. ,large bone tall American Lab.
    Thanks for Dedication to our Breed. Sincerely Frank La Rosa Sr. Havertown Pa. 19083

  2. So terribly sorry for your loss…

  3. I just lost my beloved Deni to hemangiosarcoma of the spleen. By the time it was accidentally discovered, despite his biannual health exams, it was too late. During exploratory surgery, the surgeons discovered that the cancer had metastasized throughout his body and was completely inoperable. I had never even heard of hemangiosarcoma in Labs before. It’s a horribly aggressive and virulent disease. Deni had absolutely no symptoms of being ill, and his last thought before going to the vets was to play with his ball. I miss him so much.

Leave A Comment