Posts with tag OFA


Degenerative Myelopathy

Degenerative myelopathy (DM) is a slowly progressive spinal cord disorder that resembles Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in people. The inevitable result for dogs with DM is paraplegia- hind end paralysis. Dogs at risk DM affects primarily older dogs, with symptoms typically beginning at eight years of age or older. Back in… read more


Preparing for Disaster

Regardless of which side you’re on when the debate turns to the question of climate change, most experts agree that the “new normal” will be more weather-related disasters in the future. Most of us have seen — in the news if not with our own eyes — what havoc earthquakes and tsunamis can wreak, and… read more

Rand Siekert gives Drew a high five after earning his Preferred Agility Champion title. After Drew’s surgery to remove his right eye, he had trouble perceiving height jumps, so he moved to the Preferred class.Photo by DynamicDog.

One-Eyed Basenji Earns String of Titles

Linda Daves Siekert might be a certified veterinary technician and the treasurer of the Basenji Club of America, but those are only sidelines because she’s been “physically owned” by Basenjis since 1994. Despite that admission, Linda says it was the breed’s lack of a traditional bark that set her on the path to a life… read more

Now there are two registries that will record the results of canine eye exams. Photo ©

New Eye Registry for Dogs

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals announced in early September that, as of November 1, 2012, the results from canine eye examinations can be listed with its new Eye Certification Registry, or ECR. For decades the results of eye exams performed on dogs for a variety of diseases and disorders have been recorded with CERF, the… read more


OFA Creates New Dentition Database

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, more commonly known to fanciers as OFA, recently established a dentition database at the request of the American Rottweiler Club. The new database is open to all breeds and is used to certify full dentition. Any licensed veterinarian may perform the examination for submission to OFA, recording the exam results… read more