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Why Have My Dog’s Hips Tested?

There are a number of reasons to have your dog tested. Many individuals feel that if the breeder does the testing then there isn’t any reason why the new owners should. This is true to a certain point. One reason I recommend independent (puppy) testing for hip issues is just in case you plan to compete in dog sports. This is to ensure your dog is fit for training and competition. It’s very rigorous to say the least. It’s (competition) grueling; no different than a person conditioning for a marathon. My own dogs are clear of hip issues, but I don’t believe you should hang onto MY dog’s hip test results. I’ve shared with my clients that nurturing plays a big part in the development of their puppy's possible hip issues; Plus, birthing experience(s) can play a part in development of their bones, too. Some puppies might have had a much more difficult time coming through the birth canal.

I’m a member of an English Springer Spaniel Group on social media. Recently, someone posted that her precious 8 month old, was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Later, I asked her a number of questions, privately of course, and she was very honest. She told me she had asked, the breeder about hip issues and the breeders, said they had tested the parents, and the parents were fine. Sad thing is, this puppy will be under a rigorous, pain management program for the duration of his life. He possibly might not be able to handle the pain despite medication. There’s always the possibility it was caught early enough, where the pain can be managed holistically through diet and supplements or maybe his hips could heal on their own. Only time will tell. I don't believe in this case, that the person that shared this with the ESS group injured the puppy.

For many of you that didn’t buy from me because I told you to hip test your own puppy-this is why. I will not share my medical reports with you. I have seen way to many times, where a person that uses a dog for competition, will shatter the dogs limbs, and still blame the breeder! No, thank you.

The article I've linked below is very informative, but I have yet to find one where they tell the new dog owner(s) to be cautious, whilst doing activities with their puppy. This can pose issues, if you move puppy too fast (i.e., allowing puppy to jump from heights exceeding a foot, walking him/her too long etc.).

However, if you obtained a puppy from a breeder that just breeds (puppy mill, unethical breeder), then absolutely have the dog genetically tested. This just gives you an insight to possible health issues you might experience in the future, that are breed specific. Just because you don’t plan to breed, this is still important. Another reason to test: if you get a dog (adult or puppy) from a rescue shelter, it’s especially important. You might encounter behavioral issues that are a bit challenging to correct. This could potentially be the result of its breed not “bad” behavior.

So, I hope this helps you to better understand the importance of testing.

Happy Tails 🐾


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