Genetic Health Testing
Breeders should first of all love the breed they are producing and that love means that they want to work to continually improve the health of the breed overall. Improving the breed means that there is no choosing to breed two dogs simply because of their looks or personality. It means understanding the health issues their breed is known for and then studying pedigrees, checking out health clearances to ensure that they are not producing dogs that have a high risk of experiencing those issues and not breeding dogs who don't conform to what the standard of the breed calls for. It means measuring and weighing the strengths and weaknesses of each dog and seeking to balance it all out in the next generation. And it means a Vet exam prior to each breeding to ensure that the Dam and Sire are healthy and continued health expenses (sonograms and X-rays) during the process of the actual breeding and throughout the pregnancy and whelping.
Many of the inheritable diseases require that both parents pass on a copy of the gene responsible for disease to a puppy. To avoid breeding dogs that could pass on these genes and have affected puppies, one or both parents are genetically tested. The following are some of the most common diseases that Labrador Retrievers can and should be tested for prior to breeding:
Exercise Induced Collapse - EIC was first identified in the 1990s, but since then, it’s been seen increasingly in Labrador Retrievers. Because littermates and other related dogs were found to be similarly affected, veterinarians came to understand the hereditary nature of the condition. It’s since become clear that the exact source of the genetic problem involves a mutation in a gene involved in the communication between nerves of the central nervous system. In EIC, dogs will collapse after 5 to 10 minutes of high-drive, trigger activities, such as chasing a ball or hunting. Though a large majority of these cases recover completely within a short timeframe (less than 30 minutes), some dogs have been known to die of the condition. VetStreet.com
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