Echocardiogram - We are very excited to announce that the Bouvier Health Foundation will be offering its members the following health testing options this year at the National Speciality: Echocardiogram and Heart Auscultation on Wednesday, 10/12/22 Dr. Cecilia Marshall, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Cardiology, will provide echocardiograms and heart auscultation at an incredibly discounted price.
This testing will meet the requirements that the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC )has developed for Bouviers. Dogs tested by that protocol are recognized with a CHIC number and certification. Bouviers are one of the breeds that have a history of the genetic heart problem Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis (SAS ). An echocardiogram is used to evaluate this.
AKC DNA Profiling - Wednesday 10/12 & Friday 10/14/22 AKC DNA Profiling is required for stud dogs whose semen is collected for new extended or frozen use. AKC DNA Profiling is also necessary for frequently used sires, effective for litters whelped on or after July 1, 2000, and for imported breeding stock registered on or after March 1, 2006. The average cost is $50.00, but at our specialty, it is offered at $40.00. Breeders, please sign your dogs up for this test.
DNA Repository blood draws - Wednesday, 10/12 & Friday, 10/14/22 The CHIC DNA Repository, also co-sponsored by the OFA and CHF, collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs. The BHF will provide the opportunity to have your dog added to the DNA repository. Participants can help future generations of dogs live longer, healthier lives. This is free to all participants.
CAER’s and Gonioscopies - Friday 10/14/22 Dr. Anne Beyer, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, will provide eye testing. She has offered to do both CAERs and Gonioscopy for the dogs. Dogs can have either or both tests. The Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER) examination is designed to screen dogs for inherited eye problems. A board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist does it, and it is an essential tool for preventing ophthalmic disease. It has replaced CERFs. Dogs with average exam results will receive OFA eye certification numbers valid for one year. Gonioscopy is done to check the eye's drainage angle and ensure it functions correctly. It is used to diagnose glaucoma.
Health Talk Information
Fundamentals of Eye exams in dogs and Current update on the status of Glaucoma in Bouviers Friday 10/14/22 Dr. Anne Beyer will provide a 30-minute talk after the eye screening with time for questions and answers.