I continually learn on this forum so what does OFA stand for? Good luck BTW!
Orthopedic Foundation for AnimalsI continually learn on this forum so what does OFA stand for? Good luck BTW!
Undetermined. The cost of sending them in and having them evaluated by the OFA panel appears to be minor compared to getting the x-rays done and having the dogs put under anesthesia. If there is any doubt in the examining vets' minds then we will definitely send them in...if not then we will see.Are you actually sending them in to OFA or just having your vet score them for your own piece of mind?
LOL well to be fair you're not the first person to say that...a couple of the hardcore breeder/purebred people I know couldn't imagine why anyone would waste their time even showing a neutered or mix breed dog...I couldn't imagine what they would think of my "wasting" even more money to make sure that our showing isn't going to wreck havoc on their bodies.I learn something new on this forum every day, if I'm not careful.
It honestly never occurred to me to test an adult dog's hips and elbows for any purpose other than breeding or a visible problem with said joints.
I had Merlin's Hips, elbows, Patellas and Cardiac done for OFA two weeks ago today.Well it's official.
Webster turned two years old last Thursday and Kim turned two back in March, so I made an appointment for them next week at a highly reputable performance vet clinic to have their hips and elbows x-rayed for OFA evaluation.
I'm not too worried about Webster...I have a hard time believing that a dog has faulty hips when he can walk 15+ feet on his hind legs, while bouncing, and who does so voluntarily on a regular basis. Kim on the other hand...who knows. And as the bigger dog, the work would affect her more anyway.
So keep your fingers crossed for us...I wanted to get this done while we are still just doing low intensity practice in our performance sports. I would rather retire or redirect them now than have my dogs breaking down in a couple years because I was too cheap to get them checked out (yes this is me trying to soften the blow on my poor wincing checkbook).
They are pets first and I'll love them regardless but...for the sake of their future comfort (and our future fun) I really really hope this turns out well lol.
Oh good luck! That's really great that you have a vet like that in your area...this one's a bit of a drive unfortunately, but again if I'm doing this I want to do it right.I had Merlin's Hips, elbows, Patellas and Cardiac done for OFA two weeks ago today.
Like you I went to a vet that specializes in show, performance and breeding dogs. Most of the breeders, performance and show people in this area take their dogs to her for testing.
All of Merlin's tests looked GREAT and I am waiting to hear back from OFA.
Well it was a fair drive for me. An hour and a half each way. They got me right in and out though. They were like a well oiled machine.Fillebelle - I didn't meant to suggest anything by it lol...I totally understand. And thanks
Oh good luck! That's really great that you have a vet like that in your area...this one's a bit of a drive unfortunately, but again if I'm doing this I want to do it right.