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For educational purposes- cardiac clearances:Goldens- you want a clearance that either starts with ACA- or ends with C-VPI or C-PI or C-NOPI.. not one that ends with P-VPI, P-PI, etc. That "P" means practitioner (and the PI part has to do with the identification of the dog). Frankly, unless that practitioner did a residency in cardiology (which we know s/he did not or s/he'd have gotten boarded shortly after) that clearance is absolutely worthless. It's only marginally better than an experienced lay person listening (and I mean no slight to the practitioner in saying that- none whatever. It's just what it is worth wise in a Golden). Why does OFA take P clearances? Because there are many breeds who do not require a cardiologist. OFA is going to ACA clearances and those require a cardiologist. But for a GOLDEN RETRIEVER, a P clearance has never been in line with the Code of Ethics.
Cardiac issues are not issues that are rare in Goldens. They are fairly common. I have no basis for my guess that cardiac issues are more common than hip issues other than 'what I hear of' but I hear of an awful lot.
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