20 Jul
  • By Cindy Blue
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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 specific — in other words, different breeds have different health concerns, and therefore should have different tests! The parent clubs for each breed determines what conditions in that breed are those for which all breeding stock should be tested. For instance, the Golden Retriever Club of America says that all Golden sires and dams should have hip and elbow evaluations, an eye exam by a board certified ophthalmologist, and a cardiac exam at age 12 months or older by a veterinary cardiologist. The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America recommends that all breeding stock have an eye exam by a board certified ophthalmologist at 1, 3 and 6 years of age (at a minimum) and also have a patellar luxation exam by a qualified veterinarian, at 12 months of age or older for OFA certification.

Testing recommended for each breed can be found on the OFA website. Responsible breeders will never object to a buyer asking about health testing. Again, be sure to verify that the sire and dam of your potential new pup have had the tests required by visiting the OFA website. All you need is the sire and dam’s registration number (whether an AKC number, Canadian Kennel Club number or a number from another registry) or the dog’s OFA or CHIC number. If you need help, just give us a call at 573-442-0418 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time. We’re happy to help!