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Ok so I get the basic ideas here that all breeding GR's should have eye, hip, elbow and heart clearances. How does one go about finding the appropriate doctor to perform these tests? We live in a fairly rural area where specialists are few and far between...meaning travel. That's fine but I don't know how to find those doc's in the first place...maybe our local vet has references, I'll have to ask.

Also, once one does get the tests done are they sent in automatically by the vet or does the owner send them in?

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Ok so I get the basic ideas here that all breeding GR's should have eye, hip, elbow and heart clearances. How does one go about finding the appropriate doctor to perform these tests? We live in a fairly rural area where specialists are few and far between...meaning travel. That's fine but I don't know how to find those doc's in the first place...maybe our local vet has references, I'll have to ask.

Also, once one does get the tests done are they sent in automatically by the vet or does the owner send them in?

Thanks much!
Where do you live? I might suggest contacting the nearest club - whether Golden Retriever specialty or All Breed - for references from breeders. Radiographs should be sent by the vet.
 

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Where do you live? Most Universities with a vet school have a veterinary opthamologist who can do eyes and cardiologists for hearts. Hip and elbow x-rays can be done by any vet, although you will want to make sure the vet knows how to position the dog correctly, so the most accurate xray can be taken.

The eye and heart specialists should have the forms available, but make sure when you make the appointment to let the receptionist know what you want, and make sure they have the forms available.

The vet who takes the xrays usually sends them to OFA, or you can do it yourself.

One thing many people don't realise is that it is not enough to have clearances on your dog-you need to have a pedigree full of them, so that there is a strong history behind your dog. For example, your dog may get an OFA "Good" but if his parents hips weren't checked, you have no way of knowing that Mom was moderately dysplastic and so your boy may pass on Mom's bad hips and not his good ones. Or Mom and Dad were both good, but Grandma and Grandpa were Severely Dysplastic, and those hips might be the ones that get passed on. The website for OFA allows you to check a fair amount of that history, including siblings, etc.

www.offa.org

as does k9data, in the extended pedigree view

www.k9data.com

If your breeder is local, he or she would be a good place to start. Actually, even if he or she isn't local, the network of breeders is such that it is fairly easy to get recommendations for veterinary specialists for anywhere in the country.
 

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Where do you live? I might suggest contacting the nearest club - whether Golden Retriever specialty or All Breed - for references from breeders. Radiographs should be sent by the vet.
I'm in far northern CA, near Redding. The nearest GR club is about 5 hours away in the bay area. If I can't find anything closer I will try them. I know there are other breed clubs closer so maybe one of them will have info.

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Where do you live? Most Universities with a vet school have a veterinary opthamologist who can do eyes and cardiologists for hearts. Hip and elbow x-rays can be done by any vet, although you will want to make sure the vet knows how to position the dog correctly, so the most accurate xray can be taken.

The eye and heart specialists should have the forms available, but make sure when you make the appointment to let the receptionist know what you want, and make sure they have the forms available.

The vet who takes the xrays usually sends them to OFA, or you can do it yourself.

One thing many people don't realise is that it is not enough to have clearances on your dog-you need to have a pedigree full of them, so that there is a strong history behind your dog. For example, your dog may get an OFA "Good" but if his parents hips weren't checked, you have no way of knowing that Mom was moderately dysplastic and so your boy may pass on Mom's bad hips and not his good ones. Or Mom and Dad were both good, but Grandma and Grandpa were Severely Dysplastic, and those hips might be the ones that get passed on. The website for OFA allows you to check a fair amount of that history, including siblings, etc.

www.offa.org

as does k9data, in the extended pedigree view

www.k9data.com

If your breeder is local, he or she would be a good place to start. Actually, even if he or she isn't local, the network of breeders is such that it is fairly easy to get recommendations for veterinary specialists for anywhere in the country.

Lots of good info, thank you! We're only about 3.5 hours from UC Davis so that wouldn't be too bad of a trip.

Many of the dogs in their pedigrees have had good clearances but not everyone was checked. At this point in time we're looking to do this for our animals more as a measure of their overall health rather than for breeding. We had one "oops" litter and I have no intentions of breeding them again but we have kept one of the pups and would like to know what we might be expecting for him. I've learned a lot since I started frequenting this forum and I'm trying to do the best I can for my animals now.
 

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Be prepared! I live in a rural area (aka Booniville) and travel a MINIMUM of 4 hours EACH way to have annual eye checks done, I can usually find one heart clinic a year and might be able to luck out and have it the same weekend as the eyes - sxpensive trip for me but it is what we have to do as breeders. Hip and elbows can be done by any vet with an x-ray machine but I travel for them too as my local vets don't have the OFA positioning experience that I want.
 

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I am in the process of getting Faelan's clearances and for the hip and elbows, his breeder and I chose to do both Penn Hip and OFA; the vet needs additional training for the Penn Hip (this particular vet is also an OFA reviewer) but where we actaully went was a veterinary center that treats cancer - very experienced vets etc so if there is not a University close by there may be a cancer care center that will do the clearance radiographs.

The bulk of the remaining clearances will be done next week at a golden retriever breed club clinic (which would also do hips and elbows for OFA). So you might be able to find a similar clinic where all your clearances can be done in one day even if it is a distance.
 

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Lots of good info, thank you! We're only about 3.5 hours from UC Davis so that wouldn't be too bad of a trip.

Many of the dogs in their pedigrees have had good clearances but not everyone was checked. At this point in time we're looking to do this for our animals more as a measure of their overall health rather than for breeding. We had one "oops" litter and I have no intentions of breeding them again but we have kept one of the pups and would like to know what we might be expecting for him. I've learned a lot since I started frequenting this forum and I'm trying to do the best I can for my animals now.
This is a very responsible thing to do, and will allow you to notify your puppy buyers if all is good, or if there is a problem they will need to know about. Kudos!
 
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