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Old 08-29-2008, 11:38 PM
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Dance's contract says that I am to get her health clearances done somewhere between 18-30mths (hips, elbows, thyroid..). I was just wondering, is it better to get them done closer to 24-30mths, or does it make no difference either way? Probably a silly question, but I've never had to do this before, so am just curious.

Also, she's PRA/CEA clear by parentage, so does that mean I don't have to CERF? I'd assume so, but I'm not sure.

And finally, when she does go in to have her hips and elbows done, is it customary to have to have her put under? I've only talked to two different places about this, and they both say she'll need to be... but other people I've talked to who have had their dogs tested say that their dogs didn't have to.
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:48 PM
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I always did at 2 yrs ..... and mine didn't have to be put under .
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You DO still have to CERF even if they are optigen PRA clear, or clear by parentage. There are other issues that affect they eye other than just PRA. In my breed we use the optigen test, but we still CERF and it's considered acceptable to only CERF every other year instead of yearly.

X-rays for OFA can't be done until 24 months. You breeder most likely gave you a grace period because it is reccommended that you not do the x-rays within a few months before or after a heat cycle.

My vet does opt to put the dogs under for OFA. I have heard preferences either way, but in my experience it just makes it easier for the vet and techs to position the dog. They have to be layed out on their backs and it can sometimes take a few tries to get a good xray. Some dogs don't take too kindly to being held on their backs by multiple people. My vet won't manipulate a joint to pass an x-ray though. He will tell you if he doesn't think the x-rays will pass and won't take any extra measures to ensure that they do.
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Agree , some dogs need to be put under .... luckily mine didn't .
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Agree , some dogs need to be put under .... luckily mine didn't .
I thought you didn't health test back in the day?

Toller>> What does your breeder do? Can you go to the same vets that they use?
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:18 PM
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Thanks Outline!

Dekka, I have no idea. I was planning to ask the next time I'm able to talk to her, but until then, I just figured I'd ask a few questions here first.
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The vet I used allways tries to do the xrays without putting the dogs under. She gives them a chance.

As far as cerf go to canuckdogs.com then your area. The go to clinics or something to do with health on the left hand side. It will show cerf clinics that are either on going or have specific dates.
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I always prefer to avoid anesthesia whenever possible. I drive over 2 hours to a vet whom I use for nothing other than OFA films, because he is experienced with doing films with no drugs, and he does a LOT of them.

Most vets who do this without drugs use a deep V back cradle to lay the dogs in that holds their spine and body straight and still.

I would wait until the dog is 24 months old to do films. Bitches should not be done within 30 days of a heat cycle if possible.

I would also strongly suggest you get your dog heart cleared as well.

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Thanks again!

Doesn't look like I'll have to do anything for a little while yet, as she's just 17mths right now. And yes, Red, I'll be doing her heart as well.
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Mine never had to be put under for their OFAs ...really depends on the dog .
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