Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
Which dogs should be OFA tested?
Any dogs that are intended for breeding purposes should be tested based on the OFA-CHIC Health testing requirements. This link will let you know which tests should be performed based on the breed of your dog: https://www.ofa.org/browse-by-breed.
Why Should My Dog be OFA Tested?
OFA tests help ensure that the offspring of your dog are more likely to be healthy and less prone to certain breed specific conditions such as hip/elbow dysplasia, thyroid disease, congenital eye issues, etc. Heartwood is a firm believer that it is the responsibility of every breeder to try and advance the healthy, desirable traits of the breed. Furthermore, the offspring of dogs that meet OFA certification can be sold for a higher price as the purchasers can be assured that they are less likely to have a puppy with certain diseases that could require extensive medications or surgeries for treatment.
If you would like to schedule OFA testing for your dog or would like additional information, please contact us today.