Health TestingAfter working in the Veterinary Field for over 20 years, I have seen my fair share of health related problems in the breed of Yorkies. Which is one reason I am so passionate about health testing the dogs that I breed. Just the other day I saw a 7 month old yorkie that had a degenerative hip disease that is going to cost the owners $4000 to surgically corrent that is a GENETIC disease that could have been prevented had they done health testing on their parents. The only "Required" health tests in order to get a "Chic' number by the AKC Health Foundation for Yorkies are Patellas and Eyes. I am more passionate about health than that and believe that a dog should have a minimum of DNA, Hips, Eyes, Patellas, Legge Calve Perthes, Cardiac, and Thyroid prior to breeding. I feel like my dogs have the gold standard of health testing. The costs of having these tests performed is not cheap, therefore it is reflected in the cost of my puppies as well. I will explain a little bit more about each of the problems that these tests are testing for below. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. You may email mail firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call/whatsapp 385-429-0263
Hip dysplasia is a hereditary polygenetic illness that causes a deformity of the hip joint in which the ball and socket do not fit together properly. Mildly dysplastic dogs may not show any visible symptoms. Moderate to severe instances may have back pain and/or discomfort on getting up. Arthritis is frequently caused by wear on the hip joint over time. Young dogs, aged five to ten months, are at risk, while older dogs are at risk of developing chronic degenerative joint disease. More information may be found at: https://www.ofa.org/diseases/hip-dysplasia.
Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (LCP) is a hip joint conformation illness. It is most commonly observed in small and toy breeds aged four months to a year. OFA examines x-rays and certifies if a dog is LCP-free. If a dog's hips are found to be normal for hip dysplasia, the dog is also regarded normal for LCP, and the LCP number is given to the dog for free upon application. Visit https://www.ofa.org/diseases/other-diseases/legg-calve-perthes for additional information.
The patella, often known as the kneecap, is a component of the stifle joint (knee). When the kneecap luxates, it slides or pops out of place, either to the inside or outside of the knee. It is possible that one or both knees will be impacted. Patellar luxation is frequently inherited, however it can also be induced by an accident. This issue may need surgery to resolve. Patellar luxation may be visible as soon as the puppy starts walking. Other kinds can appear as late as the age of eight and vary in severity. When the kneecap slips out of position, the dog will frequently carry its leg with the knee bent and the foot twisted inward. Visit https://www.ofa.org/diseases/other-diseases/patellar-luxation for additional information.
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Primary Lens Luxation are all possible in Yorkies. PRA is genetic, and several other eye disorders are also thought to be hereditary. Many of these disorders result in blindness, while others can be repaired surgically. See https://www.ofa.org/diseases/eye-certification/eye-disease-glossary for additional details.
Autoimmune thyroiditis is the most prevalent cause of primary hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) in dogs. Autoimmune thyroiditis is a heritable condition that affects yorkshire terriers. It is illness can affect dogs of any age, although clinical indications are more common in dogs aged two to five years. Hypothyroidism is not usually a life-threatening disorder, but it is a chronic condition. When diagnosed, the most common and successful therapy is a daily or twice-day dosage of thyroid hormone replacement (synthetic L-thyroxine). Dogs suffering from this illness should not be bred. Breeding animals should be tested yearly for the first four years, then every other year after that. More information may be found at https://www.ofa.org/diseases/other-diseases/hypothyroidism.
Patent ductus arteriosis (PDA) is a hereditary heart problem in Yorkshire Terriers that can result in a shorter life span and a lower quality of life. Visit https://www.ofa.org/diseases/other-diseases/cardiac-disease for additional information.