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    Question Papillon Genetic Health Testing

    I'm thinking about breeding Papillons and I'm trying to find out about genetic health testing. I found a list of things I could test for:

    -Patellar Luxation
    -Progessive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
    -hip dysplasia
    -elbow dysplasia
    -hypothyroidism
    -von Willebrand's disease
    -thrombopathia

    I asked my vet about it and he said I'd have to go to somewhere to California or Texas to get something like that done. From what I understand Patellar Luxation and PRA are the 2 most common diseases in Papillons and he did check my dogs for those and told me they didn't have it and that my babies are perfectly healthy. He made it out like I was being ridiculous for asking about health testing.

    My questions are, how many of those tests are nessesary? I think the other diseases are rare and there are others that haven't had tests developed for them yet so I didn't put those down. How much do they typically cost? And do I really have to go out of state to get them done? I live in Mississippi if that matters. It sounds insane to have to go out of state for that. I always assumed any vet could do it.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Papillon Genetic Health Testing

    Do you plan to breed, or do you want to test for these things just to know?

    Crystal the Papillon and Casper the Alaskan Klee Kai

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    Re: Papillon Genetic Health Testing

    I'm thinking about breeding. I haven't made up my mind yet. I know there's a lot to it and I want to be prepared before I jump in.

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    Re: Papillon Genetic Health Testing

    Ah, okay. I was going to say that for just pets, I probably wouldn't bother testing for all of that unless I started to see what seemed like symptoms develop in the future. For breeding dogs, it's nice, although I really only look for PRA and patellas when buying a pup. I'd like to see more papillons with an OFA Cardiac exam, OFA Patella exam and CERF exam (so, with a CHIC number). Not just any vet can do all of those tests, unfortunately. I'm not sure of all the details, so hopefully someone else will come in and help!

    Also, because papillons are a companion breed and can't prove themselves through work, I only buy from/support papillon breeders who also show in conformation -- it's good to have that outside confirmation that your dogs are sound, good examples of their breed.

    Crystal the Papillon and Casper the Alaskan Klee Kai

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