OFA announces its new ADVANCED CARDIAC DATABASE. For more information please see the announcement on the OFA’s homepage at www.offa.org. The new database results in a two-tiered clearance, one for congenital disease (permanent), and one for adult onset disease (valid for 1 year). Exams are limited to boarded veterinary cardiologists. The exam forms are triplicate forms similar to the eye exam forms, and will be available from the examining cardiologist. http://www.ofa.org/pdf/ACA_Announcement.pdf
Another comment we often hear from callers is that “OFA likes” a particular lab and we take test results only from that lab because we like them. OFA doesn’t have a preference for any one lab over another—we’re happy to do business with all of them. The reason OFA accepts results only from one lab for a particular test is because that lab (or university, etc.) holds the patent on that test, and is the only lab that has a legal right to use the test, unless they license rights to another lab.
OFA frequently gets calls from people who want to get a DNA profile done on a dog for identification purposes, such as when clearing by parentage. Often people don’t understand that the DNA test kits OFA has available to test for genetic disease are not the same as the swabs that are done for identification.
Dear OFA, Can I resubmit x-rays for my dog if I’m not happy with the results of my first submission?
The answer is yes! The OFA will re-evaluate an animal’s radiographs as often as the owner likes. There is no “waiting period” before submitting new x-rays. However, the re-evaluation must be based on a new set of radiographs. The OFA will not re-evaluate radiographs that have already been evaluated.