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Postby louie » Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:39 pm

My dog has already been spayed but I'm looking to learn more about health testing and have a few questions. I want to make sure that my dog is healthy and I want to be aware of any potential problems that could come up.

Ruca is an Argentine Dogo/APBT mix, does it benefit her to get health tested or is health testing usually reserved for breeding quality dogs?

What are APBTs usually tested for or are they tested for hips, elbows, patellas (kneecaps), cardiac, thyroid, eyes, hearing, shoulders, skin diseases, and hip disorders?

What age is ideal for health testing? Ruca is currently 14 months old.

Can your regular Vet perform these tests or do I need to go to a specialist?

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Postby Patch O' Pits » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:53 pm

Health testing if you are not breeding the dog or working the dog is good for peace of mind. Some conditions can be helped by meds , supplements and or surgery.

You can check these sites for info.
http://www.offa.org/
http://www.pennhip.org/
http://www.vmdb.org/cerf.html


Many vets can do some of the testing. Some is done by specialists.

Everything including ages for each test is listed on the sites

I hope that helps

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Postby louie » Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:20 pm

Thanks for the reply.

Are the hip tests evaluations done by PennHIP and OFA different? Do people usually get both?

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Postby bahamutt99 » Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:21 pm

I think OFA and PennHIP look at different things. Most people don't get both, but it probably wouldn't hurt if you can afford it.

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Postby Leslie H » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:19 pm

http://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=ZXFvbnR1c3M0dHJxdTB1YnU2MXYzcWhrdTQgbWpxa2dibTI2bHA4aWxpNXNodHJyNDh1NzRAZw&ctz=America/Chicago
There's an upcoming cardiac clinic in Agawam MA this month. Cardiac testing is usually the toughest to find.
Personally, for my own sake, I'd do an OFA type hip, elbows, patellas, and the cardiac. Pennhip is much more expensive, harder to find vets that do it. I can find out if there's any good hip x-ray vets out your way, I've got friends in Lyme. Here's a Pennhip vet out your way.
http://www.tlc4pets.com/pennhip.html

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Postby louie » Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:01 am

Leslie H wrote:http://www.google.com/calendar/event?eid=ZXFvbnR1c3M0dHJxdTB1YnU2MXYzcWhrdTQgbWpxa2dibTI2bHA4aWxpNXNodHJyNDh1NzRAZw&ctz=America/Chicago
There's an upcoming cardiac clinic in Agawam MA this month. Cardiac testing is usually the toughest to find.
Personally, for my own sake, I'd do an OFA type hip, elbows, patellas, and the cardiac. Pennhip is much more expensive, harder to find vets that do it. I can find out if there's any good hip x-ray vets out your way, I've got friends in Lyme. Here's a Pennhip vet out your way.
http://www.tlc4pets.com/pennhip.html


If you don't mind going through the hassle, I'd love to find out which Vet does good x-rays in my area.

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Postby louie » Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:21 pm

I emailed the OFA with the same questions I had in the original post and I received this reply:

Since Ruca has been spayed you may not want to go through the expense of health screening. Rather use her annual health check-ups to maintain quality of life and pursue additional diagnostic on as needed basis.


I clarified that I was interested in competing in Agility and other dog sports with Ruca and the OFA replied with this:

If you are considering Agility competition work then I suggest hip, elbow and cardiac screening. Your regular veterinarian can perform these tests and Ruca, at 14 months of age, is old enough to be tested.


Are screenings different than actual health tests?

Should I just do health screenings with Ruca or should I do testing for hips, elbows, and cardiac? Can you guys give a an estimate on how much these health tests costs?[/quote]

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Postby Maryellen » Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:43 pm

if you find a clinic giving the tests its much cheaper then going to the individual specialists.. OFA has a list of all the upcoming clinics and what is being tested, and the list for prices..

your vet can do the xrays for hips and elbows, but make sure their xray machine is not an antique one so that you get good photos to send to OFA..

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Postby Leslie H » Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:55 pm

Chester Vet is good, Dr Ficke.

This is the vet my friend in Lyme likes.


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