|01-13-2014 12:46 PM|
My vets do what I ask but still get confused when I am asking for hip prelims or just checking a non-breeding dog. They just aren't used to that. I had my older dog in before Christmas for his 3 year rabies and the vet commented about his "hips being bad". I said, "uh nooooo actually his hips are really nice!" and she said, "oh, but he came in for x-rays a few years back?" Um YEAH hence why I can say for a fact his hips are really nice! *der* I try not to let it bother me because they are so used to people not caring, not wanting to spend the $$$ up front, or pet people that don't do sports and never check.
In your shoes, I would do the x-rays during the neuter. Since he's NOT a breeding prospect, the OFAs are kind of pointless unless the breeder really wants the dog rated. I'd rather have everything "done" at once while the dog is under, saving the money and also the time of doing twice and the stress on the dog. The actually x-rays are NO different whether they are taken just for a look-see or then submitted to OFA. When I do prelims or am checking a non-breeding dog I simply ask for "OFA positioning" and then when I pick up my dog, I ask for a vet to show me the films and give their interpretation, then I take the films with me rather than having them sent to OFA. They are mine so I keep them on file at home.
|01-13-2014 12:41 PM|
|OUbrat79||MY HEAD HURTS! I just got off the phone with a vet clinic and was asking about having the hips and elbows checked when I had him neutered. I had just explained to the person that I was wanting them checked when he was NEUTERED so he was only under once. The person then ask me "Well, are you planning on using him for breeding?"|
|01-13-2014 11:52 AM|
|01-13-2014 11:42 AM|
I agree she doesn't know what she's talking about, hip status isn't going to change in this two month period.
I hope it wasn't a "vet" you were talking to..
One other thing, this is YOUR money, YOUR dog, Insist they do it or find someone who will, I'd tell them it's YOUR money to throw away..If you wait, they will charge you for more anesthia, more office visit..
|01-13-2014 11:38 AM|
|01-13-2014 11:26 AM|
So I just called the vet to kind of get an idea on how much it will cost for everything. The woman basically refused to do the X-rays saying that I would simply be throwing my money away because the baseline for X-rays was 2. She said the hips would change so much in the next couple months that the X-rays at 18 months would be worthless.
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|01-13-2014 08:41 AM|
You'll do fine if you get him neutered now, he's done growing.
And I WOULD have his xrays done at the same time. Just good to have a baseline to KNOW how his hips are now.
|01-13-2014 08:35 AM|
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|01-13-2014 08:20 AM|
|dawnandjr||Can you wait another 6 months for the neuter and do OFA's and the neuter at the same time? Just from a breeders perspective, I would rather see final x-rays rather than prelims done. If you are spending the money on the x-rays, why not? I have never looked into PENNHIP, so cant speak on that, but they do the officials younger. Does your vet have a digital x-ray machine? Having seen regular films and digital images, I will never do regular films again. I agree with getting as much x-rayed as possible too. The expensive part is the anestesia, registering with OFA is the cheapest part.|
|01-13-2014 07:46 AM|
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