PWD and healthtesting
The dogs I own that I plan to use for breeding will have known results for the following:
- Hip dysplasia - GM1 (Gangliosidosis)
- Elbow dysplasia - IC (Improper coat)
- JDCM (Juvenile Dilated Cardiomypathy) - CERFed Clear
- PRA-PRCD (type of Progressive Retinal Atrophy) - Early Onset PRA (since Dec 2017)
Hips and elbows are x-rayed at a certified veterinarian. Not all veterinarians are cleard for sending x-rays to the Norwegian Kennel Club, so make sure that you do that. For official results, you must also pay NKC for requisition forms for hip and elbow x-rays. It is possible, and also recommended, that you pay for these in advance, and bring them to the veterinarian who will take the x-rays.
For all genetic tests bloodwork is recommended, but cheek swabs are also possible. However NKC only recongizes results from bloodwork for some tests, bu some tests are now approved for cheek swabs). For official results, you must also pay NKC for requisition forms for genetic testing. It is possible, and also recommended, that you pay for these in advance, and bring them to the veterinarian who will take the tests. When you get the results, you simply post/email this along with the results. Scans are possible.
To test for JDCM you print, fill out and ship accordingly to this form.
PRA-PRCD, GM1, EOPRA and IC may get tested at Optigen in USA. Instructions and info are found at Optigen.com. An online form is available and makes it quite easy to get through this.
To get the CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation, eye-certification) contact a veterinarian and make sure they are certified to do this test.
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