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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-26-2007, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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I want to share an experience so that someone can benefit from my mistake. You see two weeks before Thanksgiving I had my girl Marya's hips, patellas and Leg-Calve Perthes tested by a Veterinary Orthopedic Surgeon here in Miami. I gave him the forms and checks made out to the OFFA. He's also the vet who surgically repaired my poodle Tucker's Anterior Cruchea Ligament the next week. The vet personally assured me the tests had been sent to the OFA.

Then I waited these weeks until my follow up (I'm not the most patient person) call today to the Orthopedic Health Foundation only to find out they had no record of these tests being submitted. I immediately called the vet's office. The vet is out today (takes Wednesdays off) and nobody in the office can seem to determine what happened to Marya's XRays. To make a long story short, I am going in tomorrow at an 8:30 appointment to talk to Dr. Wise and have him fill out the forms again. This time I will submit them.

Moral: do it yourself if you want it to get done right. Also, expect an email from OFA confirming receipt. Sigh.
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It just seems to be the way the world is this days .. You have to do it yourself . You have to constantly keep a checlk and follow up ..
Not like the good old days ..
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I called OFFA again and the only ones who CAN send authorized XRAYS are the vets... I guess it's like test results or transcripts having to be sent in sealed envelopes. We're at their mercy, sigh.
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First - I have to say that I love your new avatar!

Oh bummer! When I get the hip x-rays done, I have to make quite a long trip (5 hours round trip, assuming I didn't have any extra wait time at the vet hospital), and I've slowly learned to communicate an extra amount with the woman on staff that takes care of the mailing. When I leave, I ask how long before they get mailed out. (They only mail films out one day a week, and do everything that has accumulated up until then.) If I am in a hurry to get results, I also ask if they can make sure they go out ASAP due to breeding timeline or whatever. Now she knows me, even though I only visit a couple of times a year, and she is willing to help. Bringing a little goody helps her to remember you too.

I hope you get good results soon!

By the way, I had a really weird prelim result on one of my girls that said it looked like she could possibly have borderline dysplasia on one hip. My vet is a specialist and he said that was not possible in any way, and since he did the films, I had to believe him. We went back for her final x-rays and sure enough, she got a "good" rating, which is a far cry from "potential borderline". Unfortunately, due to the huge discrepancy from the final panel's diagnosis to the Dr. Keller's prelim assessment, they had to have her prelim films pulled for comparison and saw that both should have been marked as "good". (Looks like they posted Martha's prelim results on another dog's file and their's on her's.) In the meantime, it took many extra weeks for everything to be verified. So, one other lesson that I learned is that if they find a huge discrepancy between prelims and finals, you can expect an extra month of waiting or so.
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I have sent in my own x-rays before and had not heard that I couldn't, I guess I'll check with OFA before I do that again. I have been sending them in myself for years. I like to send them in either overnight or express so I know they get there. Kimberly that information is good to know as Buttons hips were listed mildly displastic, even though my vet said they were good, so when I send them in the end of January I will expect to wait longer. Thanks for the info. guys.


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Wow, this has been over three months since I first sent in Marya's xrays and finally.....FINALLY the results have been posted. HER HIPS PASSED WITH A "GOOD"! I feel like I did when I got my results from the National Board. Now I can breathe easier and just relax and enjoy my lovely girl, who tested normal and good in all areas. This was so stressful, you wouldn't believe.


With love from Coral Gables, FL
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