The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) was established "to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease." The OFA screens for many inherited diseases for particular breeds.
There are different inherited orthopedic diseases for different breeds of dogs. Some inherited diseases that are screened by OFA prior to breeding include: hypothyroidism, cardiac disease, congenital deafness, and a skin condition called sebaceous adenitis. As far as orthopedic inherited diseases, smaller breed dogs have a higher incidence of patellar luxation where as larger breeds are more prone to hip dysplasia.
Responsible breeding acknowledges that hip dysplasia and other inherited diseases can be minimized by selective breeding. Learning the history of animals involved in breeding programs, and striving to breed healthy animals that have sound body structures and good dispositions will increase the chances of producing healthy offspring.
Below is an example of the positioning required for radiographic evaluation for hip dysplasia.
The image on the left shows good quality hips, whereas the image on the right shows extensive hip dysplasia.
Radiographs of hips, elbows, knees and shoulders can be submitted . There is a standard by which all veterinarians must follow regarding the positioning of the animal being radiographed, the labeling of the radiographs and forms submitted. In this way, the x-rays are consistent. The Orthopedic Foundation of Animals keeps a database of all breeds over many generations. When dogs are radiographed, owners need to bring in their AKC registration forms and their pet should be micro chipped for identification.
Prior to your OFA appointment, we require that you visit the following website to download, fill out and print the proper application. This application, along with a copy of your animals registration papers must accompany at the time of your appointment. Your dog will be scanned to verify the microchip number at the time of the evaluation.
**Reminder** We can only run the
test(s) you are scheduled for if you have:
- the filled out OFA application
- a copy of your dogs registration (i.e. AKC, UKC, etc.)
If you have any questions concerning the process, please don't hesitate to contact us.