About the lovable Labrador
There are plenty of reasons why the Labrador Retriever is frequently classed as the most popular dog breed around.
Not only are they affectionate, playful and devoted, they can be relied upon and are predictable. For families with children, this is an important attribute.
A large breed with a stocky body, the Labrador weighs from 29kg to 35kg and reaches heights of 62cm. While they are prone to being over-weight, every Lab has the potential to be lean and slim.
Labrador Retriever Breed facts
- Weight: 29-35KG
- Size: Large
- Life expectancy: 10-14 years
- Temprament: Affectionate, playful and devoted
Caring for your Labrador
Labradors are gentle giants with hearts of gold. They make excellent family pets and slot in well to most households. They can be prone to obesity, so owners must limit calories and take the time to ensure they are being well-exercised.
Having a dog health care plan in place helps you take care of your Lab’s everyday health care needs.
A membership to a plan, like The Healthy Pet Club, covers your pet’s preventative health care, including vaccinations, health checks, flea and worm treatments, savings on vet fees and medication, plus other benefits like discounts on purchases (including things like pet food, treats and toys) in your veterinary practice.
Many plans can be paid for on a monthly basis, so you can spread the cost of your membership, whilst saving money at the same time!
Cover your canine companion throughout all of their adventures with our dog insurance.
Labrador puppies can benefit from four weeks free WalkawayCover puppy insurance, with £500 of vet fee cover to get you started. Find your nearest participating veterinary practice today. Puppy must be between eight weeks to one year of age and is subject to a CVS vet health check. WalkawayCover covers illness and accidents instantly. Please note that we cannot provide cover for pre-existing conditions.
For adult Labs, you can get a lifetime insurance quote online in the wag of a tail, or call our friendly UK call centre team on 0808 164 8000.
There’s plenty of choice for pet food to feed your dog, both wet and dry, making it difficult to decide which is the most appropriate.
When choosing a food, it’s important to know that the needs of your Labrador Retriever will change throughout their life.
Check with your vet if you need help choosing the right food and amounts to offer.
Shorter haired breeds generally need grooming every couple of weeks or so.
Bathing can help remove debris and dirt from your dog’s coat.
Groom your dog first and use pet friendly shampoo. You can use a rubber mat in the bath or sink to prevent slips and slides while your pet’s coat is being cleaned.
Remember to stand clear of your dog after bathing…else you risk a soaking when they shake!
For many, the Labrador’s ability to get on with people, dogs and cats is one of their best attributes.
However, it should not be assumed that all Labradors are social butterflies.
You’ll need to ensure they’re well socialised from a young age and have plenty of positive social interactions. Your veterinary practice may offer puppy parties or new puppy classes, so it’s worth enquiring to set your young Lab off to a great start in life!
Labradors can be prone to obesity, so it’s important to limit calories and take the time to ensure they are being well-exercised.
Why should I insure my Labrador Retriever?
It’s always a good idea to have a Labrador insurance policy in place to help with unexpected vet fees.
If you’re introducing a Labrador puppy to your home, why now take a look at our four weeks’ free WalkawayCover* created especially for new pups aged 8 weeks to one year?
*Puppy must be between 8 weeks and 1 year old and is subject to a CVS health check. WalkawayCover covers illness and accidents instantly. Not all breeds of dog are eligible.
Dog insurance can help you cover the costs of clinical care should your canine companion become ill or have an accident. Please don’t leave it until it’s too late to arrange cover.
Abnormally developed joints cause chronic mobility issues and signs including lameness, reluctance to exercise and muscle wastage.
Signs can begin in the Lab’s first year of life and worsen as they age. As the joints are not aligned as they should be, arthritis will develop.
X-rays or CT scans will enable diagnosis.
For some, surgical intervention can dramatically improve prognosis. For others, they are managed with ongoing pain relief and anti inflammatory medicine.
It is also important that pressure is taken off joints by preventing obesity.
Adjunctive therapies including canine massage and acupuncture should also be considered.
While being obese is not a disease in itself an obese Labrador is more prone to a number of diseases.
We should aim for our Labs to have a Body Condition Score of 4 or 5 out of 9.
When Labs are kept slim their entire lives, they are proven to enjoy better health.
If the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone, your Labrador may develops signs including chronic skin infections, sluggish behaviour and difficulty losing weight.
Hypothyroidism is easily diagnosed with a blood test.
Thankfully, this endocrine disease is easy to manage with daily medicine. However, the cost of medicine and ongoing check-ups and blood tests will add up through the years.
For most Labs, their epilepsy starts before the age of five. They will have seizures for no known reason.
It is important the vet rules out other causes of fits, which will entail a range of medical tests.
A full work up can cost several thousand pounds, particularly if imaging of the central nervous system is required.
Epileptic dogs can enjoy a good quality of life as long as their seizures are well controlled with medicine.
Ongoing itchiness and repeated skin infections may be caused by atopy or allergies.
Labs can react to a range of allergens including dust mites, foods, pollens and grasses.
The diagnosis and management of atopic skin disease is notoriously expensive, with allergy testing and immunotherapy costing several thousand pounds.
Fatty tumours occur more commonly in over-weight labs.
They will feel soft to the touch and will move around under the skin. They tend to grow slowly.
Your vet may advise a fine needle aspirate to confirm the diagnosis.
The Labrador is prone to a number of different cancers including hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma and mast cell tumours.
The average pet insurance claim currently stands at £848 according to the report produced by the Association of British Insurers in 2022.
As there is no NHS for pets, could you afford to take your chances and not have cover in place for your beloved Labrador Retriever?
Why choose MiPet Cover?
Our policies put you in control. You can flex your vet fee cover and fixed excess amount so you can get the cover your Labrador’s needs for a price that suits your budget.
Vet fee cover up to £12,000
Choose the level of lifetime vet fee cover that suits your dog’s needs, replenished every year you renew.
You’ll get access to a number of 24/7 helplines. Whether you need help with counselling or pet legal matters, we’re here to offer a helping paw.
Cover for your Labrador to access complementary therapy sessions as advised by your veterinary professional.
Holiday cancellation cover
If your pet became ill and you needed to cancel or cut short a planned holiday, you could recover your financial losses.
You’ll get help you with the costs of reuniting you with your lost pet for advertising for their safe return.
You’ll have cover so you can offer a reward fee to help you get your pet home safely if they go missing.
Emergency treatment abroad
We’ll help you with expenses (for things such as accommodation or transport) should your dog become ill or injured while you’re abroad. (Not WalkawayCover)
Boarding fee cover
If you become unwell and need to stay in hospital for 4+ days, we’ll pay towards the costs of your pet minder or kennels. (Not WalkawayCover)
What type of dog cover do I need?
With so many pet insurance policies in the market, it can be confusing as to what’s really right for you and your Labrador Retriever’s needs. It’s easy to just pick the cheapest pet insurance policy and relax. But it’s important to take some time to consider if that policy would be enough if your pet suddenly developed a lifelong condition or needed significant clinical care as a result of an accident or illness.
An annual policy (also known as ‘time-limited’) will only cover your pet for any new illnesses or injuries for 365 days.
A lifetime policy offers a far more comprehensive level of cover for your Labrador.
These policies typically offer a fixed amount of veterinary fee cover which will be renewed each policy year, so long as you remain with the same provider, your premiums are paid up to date and you renew your cover every year. Lifetime cover will ensure that your pet can receive lifelong treatment should they develop a condition such as diabetes or arthritis.
Perfect for pet parents looking for a comprehensive lifetime policy with up to £12.000 vet fee cover.About lifetime cover
12 months’ cover, for help with unexpected treatments. Choose £2,500 or £5,000 vet fee cover.About annual cover
Compare our levels of pet cover
With many options to choose from, we’ve broken it down for you so you can quickly compare our pet insurance policies and benefits.
Things to know about lifetime pet cover: New accidents and illnesses (conditions) are covered up to the specified financial limit in each policy term. If the limit is reached during the policy term, the cover stops until the policy is renewed. At the renewal date the limit is fully reinstated and the condition(s) will continue to be covered. This is subject to the insurer inviting the policy renewal and payment of premiums by the due date. No further cover will be provided beyond the cancellation or expiry date of the policy. Please be aware that you need to renew your policy each year for cover to remain in force. Like humans, our pets are more likely to be affected by illness as they get older. This means that every year your insurance premium will increase even if you haven’t made a claim. This increase will be significant if you have claimed. If your pet suffers an illness during the policy term you may find it difficult obtaining cover for these conditions from other providers.
Yes we do, as we know that more furry friends = more fun!
If you are getting quotes for all you pets at the same time, simply get a quote online and add additional pets using the ‘Add another pet’ button.
Your 5% multi pet discount will be automatically applied to your quotes.
You can also add additional pets and get your multi pet discount by calling 0808 164 8000.
The details you enter are used by the underwriter to calculate your pet insurance premiums.
Examples of rating factors which may affect the price of your premium are the breed of your pet, the age of your pet and your postcode.
Yes, we can pay your vet directly on your behalf. Any claims will be subject to your policy excesses. Your veterinary practice may be able to help you submit your claim. It’s always best to check with your vet in the first instance.
No, we currently do not offer cover for pre-existing conditions when you take out a new policy with MiPet Cover.
This includes any illness, accident, or incident, that occurred to your pet prior to taking out the insurance policy with MiPet Cover, and, any accident, illness, or incident that occurred within any exclusion period.
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