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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-10-2009, 04:30 PM
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Re: screen for DM in healthy dogs

I have not had Dalton screened. Basically because he is not a dog that will be bred. (He is neutered.) I have not screened any past dogs.

I guess I honestly don't see the need for this. I believe all dogs need exercise and good nutrition so having DM should not change this. I believe in giving my dogs the best care I can afford regardless (as I believe many other members of this board agree). And I don't want to know ahead of time if he's "doomed" to have DM or lucky enough not to. It shouldn't make any difference in my opinion. If I knew one of my dogs carried the genes for DM, *I think* I would just worry more and I wouldn't enjoy my time with my dog as much as I could.

I'd rather take that money and buy an extra toy or treat for the dogs. We'll enjoy that much more.

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