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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-11-2007, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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What kind of health testing, and when?

We just got a email from the local kennel club, and they are having a all breed health clinic, and I am thinking about taking Princess. I want to get her tested, but I know some can't be done until she is older.

I wrote down when all the tests should be done, and which particular tests were recommended for a Hav, but I can't find the paper (put it somewhere I wouldn't loose it, and forgot where lol). And to make matters worse, I can't remember which one I got the info from, since I read so many.

Does anyone know the approximate ages for each test, or a good link to a site that shows which tests should be done on a Havanese, and at what age?

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Health testing

OFA hips and elbows are age two
Cardac is 12 months as is patellas
CERF can be done at any time but I usually wait till close to a year. BAER is a one time test and can be done after 8 weeks. (I do all pups before they leave me).
LCP is done off the hip x-ray.
Any lab work probably 6 months at least - they will usually do it before they neuter to make sure the liver can handle the anesthetic.
You can read about all health testing at www.havanese.org - then click on health issues.
Puppies are not allowed at dog shows until they are 6 months old and they should not be around other dogs until they have completed all shots.

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For a pet I wouldn't worry about hips. Havanese hips are very flexible and unless you have someone who has done xrays on Havs enough to know how to hold them you can get anywhere from a Good to a Fail on the same dog.

For breeding dogs I would also get an SA320 full blood panel with Pre and Post bile acids and a Cardiac test.
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Thanks, I didn't even think to check the Hav website- duh. lol


Tom, if she passes all her health tests, depending on her disposition when she is older, etc.. we may breed her.

We have full akc for her, we bought her that way, and went through some q/a's with our breeder (ok, a lot!), but we aren't going to decide if that's the route we want to take with her or not until she has met all our standards for what I think a dog should be.. along with all the health testing.
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Jodi,
Will you showing her in conformation?
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I'm not sure yet. I would like to show her, and we've had 2 people tell us we should show her.. but I know it has to be a lot of work, and I'm not sure I'm up for it right now.
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Does anyone have any info on leptosporosis vaccine? I told my vet I wanted to wait, because everything I have read says do not give it to Havs. I know he will probably bring up the subject again, so I could use some info.
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The only information that I hae is that Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection which could lead to permanent kidney damage. & can be spread to other pets & Humans. I just checked my pups records and it shows that the breeder gave them this shot at 6 weeks.
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Lepto

Do not give Lepto unless your vet insists and if he insists pretreat for the reaction. After my 3rd reaction - I quit giving it. I also don't give the 5 or 6 way vaccines as you will not know what they are reacting to.
I have a vaccination protocol I use with my pups if you want it. I give distemper/parvo together - then intervet progard kc plus - do not give rabies with any other shots - wait at least 3 weeks between the last shot and the rabies vaccine. I try not to give rabies till just shy of 6 months.
These guys have a lot of reactions to vaccines - so make sure you stay around the vets office for 20 minutes or so - so you are there if they have a reaction. Two of mine were about an hour and a half before they reacted. Their eyes will swell - lips around the nose and sometimes the vulva on a girl. So do not give them a shot - take them home and go off and leave them - stay around for watch them for several hours after a shot.
Be careful and pay attention to your pups. It also happens in adults - so after puppy shots and boosters - you are probably better off running titers.

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Great info Joan. What does the vet give them if they have a reaction? Is it something you can give at home in case the reaction happens later than your visit?
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