BSS Inherited Disease Clearance Checklist
What, When and Where
We want to share this following information from one of our partners in research, the Animal Molecular Genetics Laboratory of the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine:
"We're certainly glad to help encourage more people to DNA test their dogs so that they can avoid future heartbreak, and breed healthier dogs that will live a long, full lifespan!
Especially in a breed with a small gene pool like the Boykin spaniel, we DO NOT recommend throwing all carriers or at-risk dogs out of the gene pool (when making breeding decisions). If they are otherwise good dogs 1, they should be used for those good traits, but used carefully. Bred to a mate that is DNA-tested NORMAL, the pups will be no worse than CARRIER 2, and the good traits are carried to a new generation. By carefully choosing mating partners, the best traits can be retained, genetic diversity maintained, and the breed as a whole can move forward toward less risk of Degenerative Myelopathy3 while keeping the positives that define the breed."
1 Dogs who meet the breed standard for temperament, size and structure, coat type, etc. as described in the Boykin spaniel breed standard for these companionable gundogs.
2 Carriers have only one of the disease-specific genes in the abnormal form. They must not be considered as being afflicted, but they do have the capability to pass their abnormal genes. Breeding Normal to Carrier means that each pup in the litter has a 50-50 chance of being completely Clear, or a 50-50 chance of being a Carrier. Breeding Normal to At-Risk means that every pup will be a Carrier.
3 This information from Missouri was sent to us specific to their investigations with DM, but the same statement applies to Collie Eye Anomaly and Exercise Induced Collapse.
The Foundation will reimburse one dog per membership per calendar year tested for each of these tests. It is the responsibility of the owner to pay all related costs associated with the vet visit, the X-ray procedure, and the cost of the OFA evaluations. After you have received the certificates from OFA and have US mailed copies of these to the BSF, we will reimburse you the appropriate fee for each test.
$75 for OFA Hip Evaluation
$25 for DM DNA Test
$25 for Patellar Luxation
$25 for CEA DNA Test *
$25 for EIC DNA Test
*BSF Reduces Reimbursement for CEA Testing
OFA Now Accepts More Affordable Alternative
Effective February 1, 2016, Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) genetic test reimbursement by the Boykin Spaniel Foundation (BSF) will be reduced. The new reimbursement rate of $25.00 will be consistent with other DNA test reimbursements by the BSF.
Originally the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) only accepted CEA test results from Optigen Lab, which test cost $180.00. As a result, it was previously determined that the BSF would assist BSS members with CEA testing costs and established a $75.00 reimbursement for BSS dogs to be tested for CEA by Optigen.
OFA now accepts CEA test results from Paw Print Genetics laboratory so dog owners will now have a choice of testing laboratories. With that choice comes a more affordable option. The regular price of CEA testing at Paw Print Genetics is only $80.00, which is a considerable discount. The BSF will continue its reimbursement program for CEA testing but the rate will be reduced to an amount consistent with other DNA testing reimbursements so as to conserve BSF funds for other worthy projects to advance the Boykin spaniel breed and better serve the BSS membership.
BSS members and dog owners are reminded that the test results must be submitted to the OFA to be eligible for reimbursement.
The BSF remains dedicated to advancing knowledge, prevention and treatment of inherited diseases in our beloved Boykin spaniels.