Dog Health

PRA clears

They were all line-clear, so this is no great surprise, but the tests are back and the whole crew – Clue, her son and daughters, and Friday – are negative. Thanks and thanks and thanks again to VetNostic labs, who sponsored free testing for what ended up being about a hundred Cardigans.

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  • Reply Cass Frank June 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Good to have it “official”

  • Reply Traci Genaw June 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I got swab kits from them too, but haven’t done the tests yet…. it seems that there is no way to differentiate the swabs other than just writing their call names on them? Am I right? did they forget to send me paperwork that should accompany the swabs? I’ve been confused and haven’t done it yet… thoughts?

  • Reply Dyellen June 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Yahooooo!!! That is awesome!!!!

  • Reply Joanna Kimball June 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Send it in with call names–he’ll contact you afterwards for the registered names and akc numbers. I think they were just trying to meet a much bigger demand than anticipated.

  • Reply Traci Genaw June 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    ok – thanks Joanna! 🙂

  • Reply Raegan June 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    How critical is it to test when you have clear by parentage dogs?

    • Reply rufflyspeaking June 13, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      It shouldn’t be necessary at all. PRA is either there or not-there, so once the line is clear you’re safe. However, there are anecdotal references to a bad batch of tests some years ago and it had been maybe six generations since the testing was done in the pedigree I’m working with, so when the opportunity was there to do the testing I thought it would be a good idea to verify. I won’t feel the need to do it every generation or even every several, but maybe in another five or six generations I’ll do the whole group (however large it is!) again.

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