Boykin Spaniel Inherited Disease Test Checklist

BSS Inherited Disease Clearance Checklist
What, When and Where

  Inheritable Disease Minimum Age at Time of Test Where to go for testing What the examination or analysis looks for Boykin Spaniel Foundation reimbursement
DNA Tests Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) No minimum The only OFA-recognized lab who does all three is Paw Print Genetics, Spokane, WA.  (There is a BSS member discount code to apply)

Labs who do one or two can be found at http://www.offa.org/dna_alltest.html
EIC is the genetic condition caused by the inability of the dog's body to make a chemical needed for brainto-muscle nerve transmission. Possibly fatal. $25 when results are submitted to OFA
Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) CEA is a genetic eye disease that prohibits proper development of many eye parts.  Leads to partial or full blindness. $25 when results are submitted to OFA
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) DM is a genetic disease where the dog's body can't manufacture an enzyme needed for spinal cord health.  DM is 100% fatal. $25 when results are submitted to OFA
Eyes Juvenile cataracts and more 6 week minimum but 12 weeks is preferred Must be done by a veterinary eye specialist; find the nearest at http://member.acvo.org/search_results The ophthalmologist inspects for signs of fifteen or more eye diseases which are hereditary. Symptoms are similar to humans. Provided free by the recognized regional Boykin spaniel clubs.
Skeleton and Ligaments Hip Dysplasia 24 months Best outcomes are when the x-rays are performed by a specialty veterinarian. Ask your regular vet to recommend, or ask your regional Boykin spaniel club president (find contact information on www.boykinspaniel.org) Proper development of the hip joint socket and ball, and the fit of the ball into the socket.  Improper development causes sporadic or permanent lameness, and arthritis as the dog reaches middle age. $75 when results are determined by OFA
Patellar Luxation 12 months Most general practice veterinarians perform these examinations right in their clinic, but may refer you to a specialist in the area if any suspicion of a problem is detected. There should be almost no movement of the kneecap when pushed by the vet.  Severity of "trick knee" varies, causing pain and lack of mobility $25 when results are determined by OFA
Heart Pulmonic Stenosis 12 months Most general practice veterinarians perform these examinations right in their clinic, but may refer you to a specialist in the area if any suspicion of a problem is detected. General cardiac functionality is determined using a stethoscope; the doctor may determine that an ultrasound (echocardiogram) is needed for conclusive results. Provided free by the recognized regional Boykin spaniel clubs.


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.

 

 

Expected results for breeding strategies 
 
Parent 1 
Status
Parent 2 Status
Normal/Clear Carrier Affected
Normal/Clear All = Normal/Clear 1/2 = Normal/Clear 
1/2 = Carrier
All = Carrier
Carrier 1/2 = Normal/Clear
1/2 = Carrier
1/4 = Normal/Clear 
1/2 = Carrier 
1/4 = Affected
1/2 = Carrier
1/2 = Affected
Affected All = Carrier 1/2 = Carrier
1/2 = Affected
All = Affected