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Health Testing for AmBullies

Discussion in 'American Bully Health' started by CallSignOWL, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    Going along with the OFA/PennHip thread, what health tests should AmBullies be subjected to? For those with Bullies, what health tests have you put your dogs through? Would there be any sorts of health testing that you consider to be excessive or unneeded?
     
  2. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Hips and elbows. Possibly heart as well

    Excessive would have to be in the eye of the beholder, I think
     
  3. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    have you done any tests on your dogs? If so, what did you do and why?
     
  4. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    Cardiac FIRST, period. The sheer number of Bullies dropping dead all year round scares me, and it's not "just" heat stroke causing it. Hips and elbows, absolutely. Most of the Bullies I know of who have actually been OFA'd have failed either their hips, and/or their elbows. Unfortunately most of those are still being bred, or have already been bred, so a lot of good that does anyone. These Bullies have Amstaff in them, so they should be tested for cerebellar ataxia, yet none are (though most don't live long enough to actually be affected by the disease in the first place). I'd also throw in a full OFA thyroid panel. If they ever develop a DNA test for chondrodysplasia in Bullies, that should take over the first place slot on the list.
     
  5. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    damn, cerebellar ataxia sounds horrible! :(
     
  6. BethBurgess2007

    BethBurgess2007 Little Dog

    IMO the overdone bullies look like a health nightmare: 90% of them appear to have bad elbows, and I know they are famous for heart problems, so the elbows and hearts would be the first test, then hips and ataxia next.
     
  7. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    I think some heat problems are probably caused by how fat some people keep these dogs....
     
  8. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    My shepwieler got his hips prelim'd because he was a large breed but nothing past that because for me, there was no reason to. My personal dogs were not for breeding, just pets and a little work. At the moment, all my dogs have passed on and I haven't gotten any more because as much as I want more dogs, it would be really irresponsible of me right now. Whenever I get something worth breeding or something I want to do some real work with, they're getting tested, regardless of breed. When I used to help out at the vet, the bully dogs seemed to have the biggest problems in the areas I mentioned before the most
     
  9. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    how much do these tests usually cost?
     
  10. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    They vary from vet to vet
     
  11. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    hmmm, what range did your vet(s) price them?
     
  12. nc_pitbullmommy

    nc_pitbullmommy Good Dog

    Check the OFA site. They often time have lists for clinic (low cost testing sponsored by a kennel club)
     
  13. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Yeah that.

    Pricing can vary greatly. Sako's cardiac (by a cardiologist) was like $40, so was his CERF (eyes). Hips/elbows for OFA was $240. He's Ataxia clear by parentage so I'm not sure how much that one runs.
     
  14. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    this list doesn't seem too bad:
    http://www.offa.org/fees.html
     
  15. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    That's just for sending in the results to OFA. You have to pay a vet for the x-rays, etc.
     
  16. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    just to send it in? dang....I thought it was for the exam! :(
     
  17. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Nope. I posted above as to how much it was for cardiac, CERF, and hips/elbows in my area.
     
  18. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    why do they charge so much just to send it in?
     
  19. Kamdon

    Kamdon GRCH Dog

    I've had all this done on Krayon at about the same price.

    When he turns 2 it will all be done again.

    I would say heart is a must. But i had eyes d done too just to be safe
     

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