How do you decide which health tests to perform on the parent dogs?

Health testing at Hilltop Pups is ongoing as new DNA tests become available. We prioritize breed-specific diseases, targeting those that cause early death such as autoimmune, moderate heart disease, progressive retinal atrophy, von Willebrand disease, Osteochondritis, and Ichtyyosis).  The world of DNA testing is developing quickly and we strive to keep up with new developments; Optimal Selection is our current go to testing facility as they test each dog for all canine diseases, just in case some breeder way back in the pedigree didn't fully disclose or didn't know the dog had a different breed mixed in, just because they register the dog full blooded doesn't mean another dog didn't sneak in. Do not be alarmed if the DNA Health Report shows a disease as CARRIER.  Carrier means the dog carriers the gene for the disease, the dog will never develop the disease. A carrier dog must be bred with a dog that is tested clear for the disease or the pair will give birth to puppies with the disease. Thus, the importance for all breeders to DNA test their dogs to make sure the breeding pair is paired to rule out any diseases, its that easy.

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