Thyroid disease has long been a common concern in many breeds. In partnership with the AKC Canine Health Foundation and one of the nation’s leading endocrine labs at Michigan State University, the OFA is funding a new grant that will address thyroid disease in dogs. As with so much canine health research, this project has […]
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 […]
Almost all of the forms required for OFA testing are available here on the OFA website, but we often get calls from people wondering why the CAER form (for eyes) or the Advanced Cardiac form that are not on the website. Both of those forms come in triplicate, which of course you know if you’ve ever […]
Did you know that OFA has a Dentition database? Indeed! Opened in late 2011, there are now more than 5000 dogs in the Dentition database. Of course, for breeds whose standards call for full dentition, and teeth are routinely counted—Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, German Pinschers, Giant Schnauzers, Leonbergers—this is a great resource when planning breedings.
This concerns a question we get at OFA on a daily basis, so although we’ve covered it previously, it’s worth mentioning again. Once a Hip/Elbow application and x-rays that go with it arrive at the OFA offices and are logged into the computer, every Hip/Elbow submission—each individual dog—is randomly assigned to three radiologists based on a computer program at OFA.
Did you know that the OFA also evaluates hips for cats? Far fewer than dogs, of course, but cats do indeed get hip evaluations. The most prolific breed in the OFA database is the Maine Coon Cat, and many European Maine Coons are evaluted in addition to those from the U.S.
What does “clear by parentage” mean? OFA records results of approximately 120 DNA tests, all of which are currently “direct mutation” tests, meaning that the test results are 100 percent accurate and not subject to interpretation. For direct mutation tests, OFA will clear by parentage for one generation.
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.