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Old 11-20-2013, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering as nothing more than a loving owner of a good dog, what type of tests are recommended, if any to determine possible health issues in my dog. He's 3 years old, neutered, quality food (Acana) super active, solid poops regularly, up to date on all his shots and is given revolution for parasite and flee prevention....but i was more curious about VWD, cardiomiopathy<-Spelling? and any others i may be missing...those types of diseases common in dobes....

is it good practice to have these tests done while the dog is healthy?
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was wondering as nothing more than a loving owner of a good dog, what type of tests are recommended, if any to determine possible health issues in my dog. He's 3 years old, neutered, quality food (Acana) super active, solid poops regularly, up to date on all his shots and is given revolution for parasite and flee prevention....but i was more curious about VWD, cardiomiopathy<-Spelling? and any others i may be missing...those types of diseases common in dobes....

is it good practice to have these tests done while the dog is healthy?
Doing testing when the dog is young and healthy will give you a benchmark from which to base other testing. Changes in the heart for example in cardiomyopathy can be subtle at first. Therefore having a baseline for comparison is a great help. Someone such as yourself who has a companion (as opposed to breeding show dogs) should do a holter and a heart ultrasound at 2-3 then every 1-2 years thereafter depending on the results. Always good to know your dogs' vWD status (this is a one time DNA test) and bloodwork including liver kidney and thyroid once a year.

Good on you for asking.
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I don't know if this is done much in Canada but here there are several health clinics/year put on by kennel clubs where you can get testing done for significantly cheaper. I tell everyone about them. Great prices on echo cardiogram, thyroid testing, allergy panels, CERF (eyes), etc. Check around your area. I would definitely do basic bloodwork and thyroid in addition to heart stuff.
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Ok great, thank you for detailed replies.

I get a bit confused in regards to the heart tests. Eco - is an ultrasound - hoper and a holter or something. So right there are 3 heart tests. Are there others? Is 1 test rather benign without the others? In comparison ive never had my heart checked for anything?

As i wont be attacking all these tests in one visit - what are some opinions on the order i should pursue these tests.
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I would do VWD asap through vetnostics or Vetgen. I'd also get a baseline blood test done to see normal values including thyroid. You could look for an OFA Cardio clinic or meet with a cardiologist.
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Yes an echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. It measures the heart's structure and function.

The "Holter" and a 24-hour EKG that follows the heart's rhythm over a 24-hour period. This is far superior to just a few minute EKG as changes in heart rhythm may not occur during this very short time period.

Together they can provide insight into the current condition of your dog's heart. Early detection of dilated cardiomyopathy or DCM in dobermans can prolong their life with the use of medications.
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For Health Clinics you can keep an eye on Canuck Dogs for events in your area Canuck Dogs: Your source for Canadian dog event information online.

University of Guelph has an excellent DCM study for Dobermans where they do Echo (with measurements) and 24 hour Holter. The Cardiologist has just returned so there is a waiting list for the program and I would suggest calling now to make an appointment. The cost is VERY reasonable for the testing involved. You can call the small animal desk at 519.823.8830 and ask for cardiology to book an appointment.
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I do a full blood work up every year for my dogs - that includes a full thyroid panel, in addition to checking liver, pancreas, etc.

Echo and holter starting at about age 2, as per the recommendations above.
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A couple of things I would make a change to. I would start using a more natural product for Flea and Ticks. Look up Wondercide products for flea & ticks.
Also not over vaccinating every year for core (Distemper, Parvo, and Adeno)vaccines.
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University of Guelph has an excellent DCM study for Dobermans where they do Echo (with measurements) and 24 hour Holter. The Cardiologist has just returned so there is a waiting list for the program and I would suggest calling now to make an appointment. The cost is VERY reasonable for the testing involved. You can call the small animal desk at 519.823.8830 and ask for cardiology to book an appointment.
Wow great advice! i found their site aswell...thank you VERY much.

have you done this?
says they come to your house?

heres the link for anyone interested in Ontario.
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Wow great advice! i found their site aswell...thank you VERY much.

have you done this?
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heres the link for anyone interested in Ontario.
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I have taken my dog there as part of the study and I had to take to her to the University of Guelph Ontario Vet College Small Animal Clinic.

Not sure their policy on house calls but they are VERY busy and there is often a wait list for appointments in the clinic. The program has just resumed in the last week after a hiatus and the wait list will be a bit longer than usual.
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