Q. I AM LOOKING AT GETTING A NEW PUPPY BUT THE ONE I WANT TO GET HAS CALCIUM DEFICIENCY. IS THIS A MAJOR ISSUE THAT WILL BE VERY EXPENSIVE TO TREAT?
A. It is possible that your puppy is deficient in calcium because of poor diet after weaning, or it could be something more concerning such as a parathyroid problem. He may have to be on supplements if simple diet change does not produce results. There are many fine, healthy Golden Retriever puppies available from reputable breeders-perhaps you might consider contacting one of them to be sure you get the healthiest possible pet. Goldens are also susceptible to genetic faults such as subaortic stenosis and hip dysplasia. You want to be sure that your breeder has screened his breeding stock for these defective genes.