Health Information Requirements
Health Information Must Be Stated Using Only the Following Wording for Advertising in The Courier:
NOTE: Items marked with an asterisk (*) may not be used in breeding ads.
GM-1 (choose one):
- N99, N99L, N99A, N95, N95L, N95A, C99, C95, IND, INDL, AP, GM-1-NOR, GM-1-CAR/
- NOT TESTED*
Hips (choose one):
- TOO YOUNG TO OFA (any dog less than two years of age)*
- OFA PENDING, RADIOGRAPHS SUBMITTED (acceptable one time only on dogs between 2 and 3 years of age)
- NOT OFA’d (dog NOT TESTED and over 2 years of age)*
- OFA FAILED*
Eyes (both items must be included):
- OptiGen prcd PRA:
CERF or ECR: (choose one)
- “A” or “Normal/Clear,” “B” or “Carrier,” “C” or “Affected”
- NOT TESTED*
- CURRENT # (Certification is good for 12 months from the date of the exam. In the case of The Courier ad policy, this applies up to 120 months of age.)
- FINAL: An eye exam conducted after a dog reaches 120 months of age with a normal certification and CERF or ECR number.
- NO CURRENT #* (Certification as outlined above has expired).
- EYES CLEAR, # PENDING (with copy of exam form marked normal)
- NOT TESTED* (dog not tested)
- EYE EXAM FAILED*: (Exception for breeding related advertising: A dog rated OptiGen “C” or “C1” or “Affected” can be featured in a breeding related ad provided it has a current eye exam form with a sole diagnosis of Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) as the reason for failure.)
JDCM Recommendation: PWDCA recommends that one of each breeding pair, either sire or dam, be tested as 1-1 Probable Normal to avoid producing any cardio-affected puppies.
Optional: Ads may include the following in a dog’s health statement using only this wording.
- JDCM—1-1 or 1-2 or CBP
- OFA EL# — OFA Elbow certification
- PENNHIP% — PennHIP Laxity Profile Ranking (indicated by percentage)
- ERG — dog’s status to be stated with name of facility, year and dog’s age in months, for example: ERG CRN/95-24 means ERG done at Cornell Univ. in 1995 at 24 months.
- SPAYED, NEUTERED
GM-1 TEST: Instructions and application available at PWDCA Health Tests. You may contact Kathy Ferrandino (email@example.com) with any questions.
OPTIGEN: For genetic testing for Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) or GM-1 contact: OPTIGEN, LLC at 607-257-0301 or visit their website at www.optigen.com.