Originally Posted By: HoganMy breeder called to tell me that she got my german shepherd's mom's elbows x-rayed and turns out one isn't fused. The vet told her that she is not suitable to breed.
The breeder said the pre-lims looked excellent when I bought my puppy a year ago, but that she hadn't gotten them OFA certified yet because of her age.
This sounds fishy. UAP, a type of ED that I suspect is involved here by the description of the elbow not being fused, wouldn't pop up between prelims and offical OFAs. It would have been there on the prelims too. Though depending on who interpreted the prelims and their expertise, it may have been missed. This is why x-rays should be read by experts, like OFA.
The vet is correct that if she does have ED, she should not be bred.
Originally Posted By: HoganCould the X-ray have been misread?
Yes, though if it is UAP it is much more likely it was the prelim x-ray that was misread, especially if it was just looked at by a vet and not sent to OFA, than there are chances of OFA misreading this one.
Originally Posted By: HoganWill a dysplastic dog pass it down to every pup in the litter?
Not necessarily. A dysplastic dog is more likely to produce dysplasia in offspring than is a non-dysplastic dog. But there is no guarantee the dysplastic dog will produce a high percentage of dysplastic offspring, just as there is no guarantee a non-dysplastic dog won't produce any dysplastic offspring. A parent having HD or ED just significantly increases the chances of problems in the offspring, but doesn't mean there always will be problems.
Originally Posted By: Hogan
My dog Hogan seems fine. Should I be more worried? I will get X-rays done on him in a year when he is 2, but I don't know if this should change my plan and I should do them now also. If hers went from excellent to dysplastic in a few short months I don't see a reason to do them early. He's a year old and has not had any problems.
I would do x-rays sooner rather than later, both for peace of mind on your part and also because if there are problems, the earlier they are identified and steps are taken to manage or correct the problems, the better the long term prognosis for the dog remaining symptom free for a longer period of time.