PREVENTABLE HEALTH ISSUES – DNA TESTING
Multiple testing labs may be required due to ownership of patents for some tests. The Poodle Club of America Foundation publishes their recommendations here and one of the best resources for poodle related health information is VIPoodle.
Chondrodystrophy and Intervertebral Disc Disease (CDDY/IVDD) – symptoms are shortened legs and disc herniation and only one copy of the gene is needed for 50% of the pups in a litter to be at risk. Visit UC Davis for more information.
Day Blindness/Retinal Degeneration (DB/RD) – also known as achromatopsia, it requires two copies of the gene and affected dogs will have poor vision in bright light as puppies and will become blind by around 4 or 5 years old. Visit Wisdom Panel (owns this test) and/or Poodle Club of America for more information.
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) – a disease of the spinal cord that requires two copies of the gene to show symptoms such as rear feet dragging and wobbling or falling over when walking. Visit VIPoodle for more information.
Gangliosidosis (GM2) – a fatal neurological disease that requires two copies of the gene. This gene is currently being monitored in the standard poodle due to its close relation to the toy poodle. See Orivet and/or Paw Print Genetics for more information.
Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures (NEwS) – a fatal disease of the brain that requires two copies of the gene for the pup to show symptoms. Visit Poodle Club of America for more information.
Osteochndrodysplasia (OCD) – currently affects miniature poodles causing dwarfism. With the growth in popularity of intervariety breeding (standard to miniature) to increase genetic diversity, this test may be recommended for standard poodles as well. Visit VIPoodle for more information.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy/Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration (PRA-PRCD, PRCD) – an inheritable group of diseases that affect the retina that requires two copies of the gene for the dog to show symptoms. Visit VIPoodle, VCA Animal Hospitals and/or Poodle Club of America for more information.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy Rod-Cone Dysplasia 4 (PRA-rcd4) – another form of Progressive Retinal Atrophy that requires two copies of the gene to present symptoms that lead to blindness. Visit VIPoodle for more information.
Von Willebrands (vWD) – an inheritable bleeding disorder that requires two copies of the gene for the dog to show symptoms. Visit Poodle Club of America or Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine for more information.
PRE-SCREENING – EXAMINATION HEALTH TESTING
Eyes – Annual eye exam by a boarded ACVO veterinary opthalmologist. Visit Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for more information.
Elective (cardiac, thyroid, Sebaceous Adenitis) –
Cardiac – many diseases of the heart can be screened through exam. Visit Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for more information. December 2020, OFA revised their recommendations for cardiac screening to include annual exams.
Thyroid – Hypothyroidism is discussed in the next section, Symptomatic Health Screens. Periodic testing is recommended throughout the dog’s lifetime. Visit Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for more information.
Sebaceous Adenitis (SA) – SA is also discussed in the next section. This is a disorder of the sebaceous glands. False positives are common if the skin punch biopsy does not gather affected/symptomatic cells since these may be focal rather than extensive in coverage area. Visit Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and/or Poodle Club of America for more information.
SYMPTOMATIC HEALTH SCREENS
Bloat (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus) – deep chested dogs are prone to this condition where gas builds up in the stomach causing abdominal pain. In extreme cases, the stomach can rotate and twist, shutting off blood flow and the path for gas to release. Immediate treatment is required. Visit VIPoodle, Poodle Club of America and/or Veterinary Partner for more information.
Ear infections – poodles tend to grow thick hair even in their ears. Often hair must be removed to allow air flow and to prevent infections. Visit DogMD for more information.
Hypothyroidism – an under-functioning thyroid that may cause skin conditions, obesity, excessive hunger, irregular heat cycles, excessive coarse coat texture, inability to stay warm, and lethargy. Visit Poodle Club of America or Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for more information.
Sebaceous Adenitis (SA) – a disorder of the sebaceous glands that normally lubricate skin and hair follicles causing inflammation, scaling, flaking, thickening of the skin, hair loss and sometimes odor and sores. Visit Poodle Club of America for more information.
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