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Old 05-15-2013, 03:14 PM
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Default Baby Payton's OFA x-rays

Little Baby P turns TWO YEARS OLD tomorrow.
Since he will be two, we can now finally do his official OFA x-rays. I'm (really really) eager to see how they turn out so I've made the appointment for Saturday morning.
Of course then we have to wait for them to be sent off and graded... it's like two weeks after the rads get to OFA before we get our ratings...
*flail flail flail*

I'm really hoping for an excellent rating. Grandpa has excellent hips, his dad has excellent hips, uncle has excellent hips, a granny on the other side has excellent hips, AND dad has thrown excellent hips before... I'm really hoping Payton inherited the excellent hips! A good rating is fine, but I'm definitely gunning for excellent.



Question - they are going to put him under but it's only light sedation. He has never been put under before. I asked about doing bloodwork and they don't normally do bloodwork for light sedation, but could if I wanted to. Should I bother? I told them if it wasn't routine I probably wouldn't bother but now I'm wondering if I should.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:35 PM
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If your vet has digital xrays they can email them, which shortens the wait time

Good luck!

If Goose ever needs put out for something I'm sending hers for funsies (she's spayed). Her dad as excellent hips and that particular line is having more and more excellents in younger generations. Exciting in the Chow world!
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:35 PM
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I would ask them to try with out putting him under. Im not a fan of vets who automatically put the dog under. Personally I prefer to try without first.

That depends on what put under means as well. As in sound asleep or the dog singing "I feel pretty" to him self in his head. lol

I wouldnt worry about the blood work if it is just sedation.
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:02 PM
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Ohhh exciting good luck!

If he's never had bloodwork before, I'd do it just because. I kind of wish I had with Jackson so that we had more of a baseline to go off of ... when I was thinking he had pancreatitis, and they were doing bloodwork that kept coming back kinda high on this one thing, I just didn't really have a base to go off of to know if it was his 'normal' or not, since he'd never had the bloodwork before.

So ANYWAY, if it were me, I'd probably do it just for the heck of it. I also just like to hear "everything looks good" It's peace of mind.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:26 PM
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Ooohhh I am going to be doing the same thing with Kastle on Monday - I am also super excited/nervous. No need to be nervous, his pedigree is full of good hips. I just am! Ahhh!
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:42 PM
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I have no experience to draw on for advice, just wanted to wish him and you good luck!
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:01 PM
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For sedation, I wouldn't do blood work. Sedation doesn't usually mean knocking them out all the way. Just making them drunk enough to cooperate Some dogs don't need to be sedated, but in general it makes for better OFA films (for regular diagnostic xrays most dogs don't need to be sedated at all...but OFA needs to be as perfect as possible).

That said, I do yearly bloodwork on my dogs anyway (I had it done twice on Logan last year, since he had surgery...but I wouldn't have done the second one if it wasn't for surgery). If you haven't had a baseline panel done yet, you might as well.
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