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Health Tests

Health testing is a very crucial component when it comes to breeding. This is done prior to a litter to solidify to the breeder that the canines are healthy and disease free at time of testing, below you will find the health tests that were preformed on Rene.


Thyroid Test

The thyroid gland produces the hormone thyroxine along with several other important thyroid hormones, they play a large role in your dogs metabolism and can cause major problems when they are not produced at normal levels.

The most common signs of low thyroid function in dogs includes: loss and or thinning of fur, dull hair coat, excessive shedding or scaling, weight gain, reduced activity, reduced ability to tolerate cold temperatures and dark pigmentation of the skin

Attached above is Rene's thyroid test.


Sebaceous Adenitis

In the early stages of sebaceous adenines skin biopsies show glands in the throes of the inflammatory process. In later stages the inflammation has more or less destroyed the glands so they are simply absent from the biopsy sample. Knowing the stages of the disease is important in determining what therapy will help if the inflammation is still active. There is some chance at saving at least some of the glands.



Hips are tested for poodles that do agility and rally. The OFA (Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals) classifies hips into seven different categories, 1 meaning severe and 7 meaning excellent.


Progressive Retinal Atrophy

The retina is a light sensitive layer of cells in the back of the eye that contains cells called photo receptors, once light enters the eye it is focused by the lens onto the retina where it is converted into electrical signals that are sent to the brain for processing and interpretation. There are two forms of PRA recognized in dogs, early onset and inherited, which is typically diagnosed in puppies around 2-3 months of age and late onset is detected in adult dogs usually between 3-9 years of age. 


Von Willebrand Disease

Von Willebrand's disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorders of dogs it is caused by a deficiency in the amount of specific proteins needed to help platelets the blood cells used in clotting to stick together and form clots to seal broken blood vessels.


Degenerative Myelopathy

Degenerative Myelopathy is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs the disease affects the spinal cord resulting in slowly progressive hind limb weakness and paralysis as well a wobble when walking, knuckle over or dragging the feet. 

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