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 Post subject: Should I test my dogs?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:37 am 
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I have no intentions of breeding so I am wondering if I should go to the touble and expense of doing OFA, CERF, etc., testing on my dogs. Any thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: Should I test my dogs?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:49 am 
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There is still value in doing the testing. You can find problems before the dogs show you symptoms. Its also useful if the dogs have family members that are still being used for breeding. Lindy is spayed but will continue to get yearly CERFs since her daughters are still in the breeding pool. Rhett on the other hand will no longer be getting them since none of his family members are still breedable (to my knowledge).

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 Post subject: Re: Should I test my dogs?
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I would recommend at least CERF as this is a valuable tool for Pet owners also to help establish potential problems. If you really don't plan on breeding, I'd skip Hip testing. Unless there are direct problems within the lines; Frequent Fairs, known H.D., etc. In that case, a regular Vet could do an X-ray and tell you if there are problems without having to send it in. Thyroid panel and Patella exam by a regular vet during a routine check up would be ok. Thyroid every 2 years.

CERF is definitely a valuable tool for everyone.

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 Post subject: Re: Should I test my dogs?
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Erika & Rae,

Thanks for your replies to my question. Can you tell me what the thyroid panel is for?

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 Post subject: Re: Should I test my dogs?
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I test for Thyroid Disorders for an array of reasons. Some being: it can lead to Seizures, Aggression problems, Coat/Skin problems and has been linked with Auto-immune. Some lines are more affected by it then others. I personally have not had any trouble with it, Although I swore for years Marilyn was Hyper-Thyroid, tested her about every 6 mo from age 1.5 - 3. I couldn't keep weight on her to save my life. Kept changing her food, more treats, Pasta meals, Satin Balls, etc. Finally gave up testing her so much (Or should I say my Vet told me to leave it alone for awhile) and I did find a food with a 32/22 protein/fat ratio that she has adjusted very well too and she's now a Perfect weight. But in any case those are the main reasons we test. Some breeders will tell you Seizures are rampant in our breed, That has me the most worried.

http://www.homevet.com/petcare/Dodds%20on%20thyroid.pdf

http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/Thyroid.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Should I test my dogs?
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Thank you, Rae. And thanks for the links! As most folks here on the forum know I have only been at the a little over a year and still have much to learn.

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Linda A wrote:
Thank you, Rae. And thanks for the links! As most folks here on the forum know I have only been at the a little over a year and still have much to learn.


I Still have alot to Learn! :goof Those were great questions. Glad I had some info to share. :bg

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Linda,

Chessie is spayed so I won't be doing any breeding either. But I do plan on getting her CERF tested for my own information the next time my Obedience club has a clinic. I need to check into OFA to see how much it costs... my insurance company gives a discount if you have it done and they score well.

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 Post subject: Re: Should I test my dogs?
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I do hips/elbows/stifles on my dogs because we compete in agility. I do eye exams just to make sure there is no problem. I don't have the information sent to CERF.

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 Post subject: Re: Should I test my dogs?
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What you all say makes a lot of good sense to me. Royal turned 2 in Feb. so we will be getting the tests done soon.

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