I'm curious, my vet recommended to test my dog's Thyroid before breeding them.
Also, I have some of the results back on one of my boys, and he is on the low side of normal. We are waiting for the rest of the results to come back, to see if they are normal aswell.
What are your opinions on Thyroid testing? And is there any information about it that you can give me about it. I'm still new to breeding, and my dogs that I'm planning on breeding, haven't bred them yet, have their OFA's, eyes cert, backs cleared, and all that stuff, I just didn't know anything about the Thyroid. Thanks,
I do it yearly on my Basenji because it is an issue for that breed (even though he won't be bred).
If it's a genetic issue for the dogs you're breeding, it's a good idea. Thyroid issues can cause many seemingly unrelated problems which may look like allergies or behavior problems, among other things.
Join a breed-specific forum and get the 411 on thyroid issues for your breed.
***Edited By: gbroxon on 12/20/2006 12:19:33 PM*** Reason: Typo.
The test are being done on my German Shepherds. I did some research and have found that the GSDs can have problems with the thyroid, but it seems to be a bigger issue in the American lines, and mine are German lines. His results were in the normal range so far, we are still waiting for the last 2 things to come back. But the vet did run a full blood panel on him, and everything came back normal. So I'm not as worried, but if it did come back bad, he would be neutered. But things look like they should be fine, and I should still be able to have the litter from him this summer.:)
Well, Jazzys thyroid test just came back normal, unfortunatly I can't register it with OFA because she's not 1 yet. (I had it tested for other reasons). I don't know many springer breeders that are testing for thyroid... however I've so far tested CERF & PFK, and will do hips and elbows, as I think that's most important to the breed. If you think thyroid is important for your breed, I'd say test for it.
Hypothyroidism is not genetic. It is however congenital. The motherís antibodies damage the pups thyroid gland during pregnancy. This is the main reason a female should be tested before breeding. If a dog is affected, treating it during pregnancy will prevent the pups from getting it. Another reason for testing is that it can cause infertility problems in both males and females.
juno- The mode of inheritance is currently unknown for hypothyroidism. Treatment is available but not a cure.I would not recommend breeding a dog that has it. Not to mention, medicating a pregnant dog is risky. I myself do not approve of breeding a dog with health issues.
Who said anything about breeding a dog with health issues? I know I didn't and I don't think anyone else said anything about breeding unhealthy dogs. I know I said my boy would be nuetered if he came back with a back thyroid. And that his thyroid is the last thing he needed tested.
I saw where you got it.:) Nevermind:)
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