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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-30-2009, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy NO Health Testing for Murphy

I received Murphy's papers from the AKC and I've searched for his sire and dam on OFA, no big surprise that I can't find them. I did find his grandfather's web site and they don't health test their dogs. That leads me to believe that the rest of his line doesn't test either.

We're concerned about his back hips/legs and his eyesight. I talked with our vet about it and she said she'd like to evaluate his legs/hips more when he comes in for the neuter. I don't know what to do about his eyesight though, guess dogs can't wear glasses anyway!

I know I mentioned before that we were wondering about contacting his breeder and almost everyone said to leave it be. If they aren't doing health testing then I doubt they'd be forthcoming with information if any of their dogs have had problems.

Should I just let this be and address any problems with our vet? I hate to think something is wrong that we don't know about and would like to know what things to watch for.

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Ann, he seems very healthy, right?
Why are you worried about his hips and legs?
I know you can get him cerf'd to check his eyes.
What does he look like soaped?

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I don't know, haven't checked him out soaped. It's his back legs that are the concern. He doesn't run very fast and tires quickly. He can't really jump either, at first we thought it was cute but then realized he just couldn't do it. I mentioned it to the vet and she was moving his legs around, she said he doesn't flex well and feels a bit like his muscles are underdeveloped.

We think he can't see well because he constantly runs into things! Walls, chairs, just about anything!

We know nothing of his history because I can't find anything on his breeder even though I have his papers. Couldn't find anything on the parents or grandparents on OFA either.

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You are wondering about his eyesight, right? I seem to recall that he runs into things? Such a sweet beautiful boy! You adopted him from rescue, didn't you?....I was trying to remember...

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Ann, why do you think he has trouble with his eyes? I would see what the vet says. If there are problems you may want to call and let the breeder know. Although they may already know what you are going to tell them.

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We're worried about talking to the breeder because they sold him to a family that surrendered him to a rescue. That's how we came to have him. I don't know what sort of contract the family had with the breeder so I'm afraid to stir up anything.

I am worried that he doesn't see well but I don't even know if there's anything that could be done.

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I'd say forget the breeder. Like everyone said before, you don't want to open Pandora's box. You can get his eyes checked, and legs/hips xrayed. My mom's tzu can't jump and she has dysplasia. She's very healthy otherwise, but can't jump on/off the sofa, etc.
He could just be a clumsy boy as far as running into stuff. Did he have an irregular heartbeat? Just wondering as far as the fatigue thing. Remember too that he probably plays tons with Scooter and he's still a puppy, and maybe he just still needs more "naptime" and gets tired faster than his older brother. Dogs from the worst circumstances can turn out great, so try not to worry soo much. Even if there is a issue down the road, there's not much they can't improve.

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Ann- definitely take him to get cerf testing- if anything you could see if there is something wrong or see if there is something you can do. I will try to keep a look out at upcoming health clinics for you.

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Hopefully this will turn out to be nothing except worry on your part. But we know that Murphy is in the best home possible to have these issues looked into. I hope it all turns out okay for little Murph.

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Ann, I worried about Cicero because he wasn't jumping either and I think I posted a question here when he was about 5 months old. He would try to jump on the sofa but couldn't. A month later...he bounced right up and now has no problem with sofa and chairs....but he prefers our lap or the floor.

I don't know about eyes, but you might have to take him to UGA to have him tested as I don't know of anyone around here that does it. UGA is wonderful, but $$$.


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