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TLGDA Finally Joins Us In Asking For Health Testing!!

Recently on the TLGDA forum:
“We went into the vet 2 weeks ago.  She moved his back legs around and felt and heard clicking.  Of course Austin didn’t budge or make a noise.  She suspected early onset hip dysplasia with arthritis, but wanted to get x-rays.  He was due for a dental anyway, and she can get much better films while he’s under anesthesia, so today he got the x-rays.  For those of you who don’t know, Austin is only 6 years old and completely healthy in every other way.  Anyway the x-rays came back, and it’s worse than she originally suspected.  He has significant hip dysplasia and is a candidate for a total hip replacement.  She recommends we consult an orthopedic surgeon.

So, why am I sharing this?  Because it was formally believed that Lacy’s did not have a genetic history of hip dysplasia.  If nothing else this is an indication that isn’t the case.  I will not call out who Austin came from, because that’s really not my place to say.  I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m calling out their litters.  I only ask that you let (at a minimum) Austin’s litter mates know, so they can at least look for warning signs and have their dogs checked out.

Maybe this is a fluke, but hip dysplasia is known to be a genetic issue.  I urge the breed association to try and start collecting data openly from other Lacy owners.  If there is a pattern, we can try to minimize the risk by locating potentially risky blood lines and possibly reduce any instances of hip dysplasia in the future.  I hope no one is offended by this post.  I think being informed is much better than ignoring a potential problem.  I too wish that we could continue to claim there is no hip dysplasia in the breed, but since that isn’t the case, I think it deserves thorough investigation.”

We have always known here at the ABLA that all dogs are prone to hip dysplasia, but even more so herding breeds and working dogs. We have been doing health testing on our dogs for years and also asking our members to do it on theirs. It is wonderful one of the other associations has finally come to understand the benefits of doing health testing to prevent this from happening to people who get their pups. It is fantastic that they had the courage to post this on their web site after all the flack they gave us about asking our members to do health testing. This shows the progress we are making on this breeds behalf. Another step forward for the Blue Lacy breed and the people who breed them!

Next we hope they learn the benefits to be had from testing for genetic eye problems also found in all dogs, called CERF testing. Any dog from any breed should have these two basic heath tests done before being bred. If you are looking for a pup be sure to ask to see these two tests on the parents.

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