Canine Genetic Testing
GenSol Diagnostics offers accurate and affordable genetic testing for a multitude of genetic disorders affecting our canine companions. Genetic screening is an excellent tool for determining and cultivating genetically healthy breeding practices, as well as a diagnostic tool for preventive wellness planning for your beloved dog. GenSol – Canine Genetic Testing
Genetic tests/coat tests that can be run on Chesapeake Bay Retrievers at GenSol are:
- Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) results accepted by OFA
- Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) results accepted by OFA
- Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration (PRA-PRCD)
- Coat Length /Fluffy Locus (LENGTH)
GenSol’s everyday bulk discount on tests is buy 5+ tests and they cost $30.00. They can be use one different animals at different times. Watch for their discounts as they will have a sale where you buy 5+ tests and they are $25.00 each, this is what I did to get the tests needed to test my three dogs. Gambler and Glory both needed PRA-PRCD tests as they are clear by parentage (CBP) but I wanted to test to make sure and have a certificate stating their results. Guilty is CBP on her three genetic tests so I wanted to test her for the same reasons so I got swabs to test for PRA-PRCD, EIC and DM.
I ordered the tests online at GenSol which was very easy to do. It automatically calculated the sale price on the tests that I entered. There were no additional costs for shipping or the return shipping on the tests. The tests were shipped out on July 8th and I received them on July 12th. I took the samples on the swabs that I needed, let them dry overnight and sent back in the prepaid envelope on July 15, 2016. I am still awaiting my results.
The test package came with the collection form, id stickers and the testing swabs. To see the instructions for collecting in full click here.
I removed a swab from the package, rolled it around in the dogs cheek for 10 seconds on each side.
Once all the samples were taken I set them aside to dry, you need to let them dry for 20 minutes away from other pets.
Once dry they can be put in the package and sealed with the id sticker and put in the prepaid package to be mailed out.
I filled out the form with the appropriate information on each dog for each test I submitted.
Put in the mail waiting for the results. Once I have the results I will share them here on my blog. This was a very easy process with fast turnaround on getting the tests to me. The prices and availability to have your results listed on the OFA database makes this a no brainer for anyone wanting to breed their dog the right way by knowing their genetic makeup on certain diseases that are hereditary. With these genetic screening tests and results you can make the right breeding choices when pairing two Chesapeakes. It takes the wonder out of your breeding program and makes your program top notch these days with all the hereditary conditions out there, we can hopefully put a stop to some of the debilitating diseases.
Have you had your dog tested for any genetic diseases?
Ding Dong Chewy.com #ChewyInfluencer calling.
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What can Gambler do besides balance a box on his head? He can balance a Wellness CORE Grain-Free Protein Bars Turkey & Duck With Kale without eating it first. The taste test.
When he did get to taste test it you didn’t have to tell him twice, he snatched it up quickly, being a hunter of turkey and duck he could smell the goodness right away. He did have to chew it a bit as it was a thick jerky like treat before he gobbled it right down. The bars were scored so you could give just one part of the bar or the whole bar.
Gambler works his core when he is out training for his hunt test competitions. After training Gambler winds down with a Wellness Core Protein Bar. Core Protein bars are on sale right now at Chewy.com a 5.5-oz bag is $6.81.
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Guilty As Charged
For the past couple of months Guilty has had free range of the house at night when we go to sleep. She was a good girl and would actually sleep and I would get up couple times a night and let her out. She would lay next to the bed or under the bed. In the past few weeks she has made the loft her bedroom which is fine by me until last night when she decided she didn’t like the carpet in her room and started to eat it. She also decided to pee twice in the house, haul around a pair of pants and shoes, tip over my purse…She is now banned to her kennel until she gets over this destruction age and hopefully it won’t be as long as Gambler as he is 5 and still behind bars.
Do you still have to crate your dogs when you go to sleep or leave the house?
Glorious in splendour
Delicate and fine
You fill the sky with luminescence
Elusive in your shine
Night by night your gaze does rest
Upon the ruddy world
Day by day you faintly smile
As life on life unfolds
Happy Saturday All!
July 11th marked Nothing But Norman’s Three Year Anniversary. It was three years ago when I found out Norman had Osteosarcoma and I would be loosing him before I wanted to. I decided to dedicate Saturday’s blog posts to Norman. My pal Jodi over at Heart Like A Dog came up with the name and away I went with my first blog post talking about Norman, sharing our adventures while he was still alive doing bucket list adventures to the heartfelt day I said goodbye to him to now each Saturday remembering Norman. It has helped so much with the grieving process to look at photos and memories. I now have a diary of Norman.
You wonderful legacy lives on in your children, grand children and now great grand children.
Have a great weekend!
July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day thanks to the combined efforts of The American Kennel Club (AKC) and ADT Security Systems. They joined forces to spread awareness on how pets can start fires in home and how to prevent them. According to the National Fire Protection Association 500,000 pets are affected by house fires each year.
Don’t add to the statistics prevent pet fires by:
- Extinguish open flames
- Secure young pets
- Remove stove knobs
- Use flame-less candles
- Beware of glass water bowls on wooden decks
I was surprised by the Beware of glass water bowls on wooden decks. I have never heard that glass bowls could cause fires. They say when using a glass bowl on a wooden deck the sun’s ray when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. If going to leave a water bowl on the deck for your pets make it a ceramic or stainless steel bowl.
How to keep your pets safe:
- Install a monitored smoke detector for when they are home alone
- Keep pets towards entrances so can easily get out by firefighters
- Affix a ‘pet alert’ window cling on a front window
- Secure young pets
- Have a emergency preparation kit near the pets (food, water, bowls, medical records, collars, leashes) could easily pack this extra stuff in a Rubbermaid tote.
The Eye Exam
Back in March I took Gambler, Glory and Preacher to have their eye exam/CERF done, this is when I found out Preacher has Juvenile Cataracts which you can read about that visit here. I also explained Juvenile Cataracts in this post. I was certain that the ophthalmologist was correct on his diagnosis but I wanted to be absolutely sure so I took Preacher in for an second opinion. Since I was going and it had been 5 years since Nellie had a eye exam/CERF I made an appointment for her also. These exams were done at Madison Veterinary Specialist.
When my breeding stock is actively breeding I have a eye exam/CERF done on them before the breeding to make sure nothing has cropped up in the eyes. The CERF exam is only valid for one year because there are eye conditions that can crop up at anytime. One condition that can appear at anytime is Cataracts. Preacher had cataracts crop up when she was 8 months old. Since she is young they are classified as Juvenile Cataracts which can appear anytime between 6-18 months of age typically.
When I first got to the clinic the technician put some drops in their eyes. The drops were going to dilate the pupils so they were nice and big. When the pupils are dilated the doctor and get a good look inside the eye all the way to the back of the eye. Nellie was first up (she wasn’t to impressed with having to go first). The doctor checked her blink reflexes and did a visual of her eyes with no equipment.
Next the doctor used several different ophthalmology devices to get a good look into Nellie’s eyes checking for different eye diseases. One eye showed a small cataract which was classified as a old age cataract since Nellie is 11.5 years old and has never had a cataract before on her exams. If your dog lives old enough they usually will develop old age cataracts, these cataracts are not genetic. Everything else was fine with her eyes so she received a pass on her CERF exam.
Next up was Preacher’s second opinion. I didn’t tell the doctor that this was a second opinion. I just let the doctor do her exam and when she told me Preacher indeed had Juvenile Cataracts I told her I already knew. She continued on with her eye exam.
On another day I made appointments for eye exams/CERF for Preacher’s sister Josey as well as exams for Blue and White out of Glory and Bear’s litter that was born in February. Since I don’t know where Preacher’s cataract came from I wanted to get a base line on the two young puppies. Josey, Blue and White went back to Dr. Collins at Eye Care For Animals.
The puppies had a great visit at the eye clinic as the staff came out and gave them lots of pets and then gave them tennis balls to play with and pass the time while we waited for our appointment.
Josey’s along with the pups eyes were dilated before the appointment so the doctor could get a good look inside the eye.
Josey wanted to give the technician lots of kisses. You see three puppies as green came along for the ride and exposure to a clinic setting but didn’t have an exam.
Josey’s eyes were examined and no cataracts were found in her eyes. She passed her CERF exam and could get a CERF number on OFA.
The puppies both had great exams as no cataracts were noted. For 8 weeks old they did very well sitting still for a close up exam. Dr. Collins filled out the CERF exam paperwork that would be submitted to the OFA database.
Even know these gals passed their CERF exams now they still aren’t out of the woods for developing Juvenile Cataracts as they can develop from 6-18 months of age usually. So yearly eye exams will be done to make sure they don’t develop. If they do we will take care of it at that time. I’m hoping since Preacher’s showed up at 8 months and Josey’s did not that she won’t develop them. Only time will tell.
No one is getting past the Super Gman.
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A little Glory humor today! Have a fun filled day!