WHEN TO HEALTH TEST

Although the KC Accredited Breeder Scheme stipulates that breeders belonging to the scheme must have their breeding stock  Annually Eye Tested and Gonioscopy  Tested none of the health tests are mandatory, and in fact if you are not a member of the KCABS you can actually register litters from breeding stock with no health tests at all.

We feel that this is not the way forward for any breed, and in the working variety of cocker spaniel, we would very much like to see positive changes.

We are not in any way saying that the working cocker is 'not healthy' but offering this information to those who choose to test.; thus creating a  tool with which to be more informed about the health status of the dogs we are using in our breeding programmes.

We have listed below, all of the tests that you can have done, and to help in deciding when to do them, should you choose to, we have formatted them into the age at which your dog can be tested for particular conditions. Utimately however, the order you do the tests is your choice, we trust you find the following helpful:

At 6/7 weeks of age

You can have the whole litter screened for GPRA/CPRA and early onset cataracts, which is a condition currently under investigation.

At 8 months

You can have your pup Gonioscopy tested for glaucoma predisposition and GPRA/CPRA. The gonioscopy test is a one off test, the GPRA/CPRA should be done annually thereafter. The results of these eye tests are given at the time of testing.

 Prices as at Jan 09

Routine eye examination:

 

(+V.A.T)

1st dog

£36.52

(£42.00)

Extra dogs in same ownership

£30.44

(£35.00)

Group testing (25 or more)

£20.00

(£23.00)

Gonioscopy:

 

 

Per dog (no discount for more than one)

£36.52

(£42.00)

Examination of dogs over 8 years of age

£20.00

(£23.00)

Litter screening:

 

 

Per litter of 5 puppies or less

£34.78

(£40.00)

Per puppy for litters with more than 5 puppies

£6.96

(£ 8.00)

Duplicate copy of certificate

£21.74

(£25.00)

At 8 months or earlier

You can Optigen DNA test your dog for prcd-PRA which is one form of PRA and the one that is most relevant in the working cocker.

The price of the Optigen Test is $195.00 = £120 approx, depending on the exchange rate,  allow approx 6 weeks for results. See Optigen website.

Also at the same time you can DNA test for FN.

The price of the FN test is 95 euros, =£85 depending on the exchange rate, allow 10 days for results. See Antagene website.

At 12 months of age

You can have your dogs hips xrayed and scored under the BVA/KC scheme. The scoring panel sit once every 6 weeks, so allow 6/8 weeks for  the results depending at what stage your xrays are submitted. Also allow for the price of the general anaesthetic and the xray which can vary from vet to vet.

 

Number of dogs

Charge per dog

(inc 15% VAT)

1

£34.78

(£40.00)

5 or more dogs (same owner)

£30.44

(£35.00)

Re-scoring/Re-grading under appeal

£69.57

(£80.00)

Duplicate copy of certificate

£21.74

(£25.00)

Joint Hip & Elbow

£65.22

(£75.00)

 

All the above mentioned conditions are explained in detail on the Health Tests Available Page and some of the conditions have been discussed on the forum , so please check there with any questions, or contact the Pro Health Team direct using the link in the Navigation Bar.