22 Jun

Eye FAQs

General Certification FAQs Questions About Your Order CERF Questions General Certification and OFA Procedure Questions Is there a minimum age requirement to perform an eye clearance exam on a dog? There is not a minimum age requirement. The age is completely up to the examining ophthalmologist; however, the puppy’s eyes must be open. Can my [...]
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15 Jun

Diseases Based on Phenotypic Evaluations

Hip Dysplasia Elbow Dysplasia Cardiac Disease Congenital Deafness Serum Bile Acid Eye Disease Legg-Calve-Perthes Patellar Luxation Sebaceous Adenitis Spine Shoulder Osteochondrosis Thyroid Tracheal Hypoplasia Dentition Kidney
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15 Jun

Eye Certification

Eye Disease Genetics Eye Exam Eye Disease Glossary Eye FAQs You can visit the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists website at www.ACVO.org to find a board certified Ophthalmologist in your area. Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER) OVERVIEW Blue Book The purpose of the OFA Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER) is to provide breeders with information [...]
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OFA Canine Health Information
20 Jul

Be Informed About Your Puppy’s Health

An informed puppy buyer will naturally ask the breeder of a potential new family member about the health testing the parents had before the litter was born. But before you buy a puppy, be sure to check the OFA website to verify the health test results that the breeder has given you. Testing is breed […]

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01 Jul

CHIC Program

What is the CHIC Certification Program? The OFA created the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) by partnering with participating parent clubs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds. We’ve established a recommended protocol for breed-specific health screenings. Dogs tested in accordance with that protocol are recognized with a CHIC [...]
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23 Jun

Primary Lens Luxation

What is Primary Lens Luxation? The lens of the eye normally lies immediately behind the iris and the pupil, and is suspended in place by a series of fibers, called zonular ligaments. It functions to focus light rays on the retina, in the back of the eye. When partial or complete breakdown of the zonular [...]
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22 Jun

Degenerative Encephalopathy

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever ONLY Veterinary neurologists in Europe and America have recently recognized a new neurodegenerative disease in the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (NSDTR). The disease is called Degenerative Encephalopathy with Sleep Disorders and Caudate Necrosis or simply Degenerative Encephalopathy (DE) for short. The term encephalopathy comes from the Greek words encephalo- [...]
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22 Jun

Elbow FAQs

Is there a new way of reading elbows by the OFA? Is this in direct correlation for what appears to be MORE failing ratings? OFA has followed the same reading and grading protocol since it began issuing elbow clearances in 1990. Although the sheer number of dogs reported by the OFA as having elbow dysplasia [...]
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09 Aug

OFA Fee Schedule

Test Type Age Fee Litter Rate * Kennel Rate ** Hip dysplasia > 24 mo $35 $90 $15 ea Elbow Dysplasia > 24 mo $35 $90 $15 ea Hips + Elbows together > 24 mo $40 $90 $15 ea Hip Prelims 4- < 24 mo $30 $60 $15 ea Elbow Prelims 4- < 24 mo [...]
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06 Aug

FAQs

Hip and Elbow FAQsQuestions About Your Order Certification Code Questions General Health Screening and OFA Procedure Questions Why should I test my dog for genetic disease? Veterinarians and responsible breeders of purebred dogs and cats are well aware that hip dysplasia and other inherited diseases can be controlled by careful, selective breeding programs. DNA tests [...]
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