Patellar Luxation Evaluation

The Patellar Luxation Evaluation for dogs, following the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) standard, is an assessment aimed at determining the stability of a dog’s kneecap (patella). Patellar luxation occurs when the kneecap dislocates from its normal position, leading to discomfort, lameness, and mobility issues. During the evaluation, a veterinarian examines the dog’s knees, assessing the alignment of the patella and the degree of movement or displacement.

This evaluation is particularly important for breeds prone to patellar luxation, such as small and toy breeds like Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, and Pomeranians, as well as larger breeds like Poodles and Boxers. By conducting regular patellar luxation evaluations, breeders and owners can identify dogs with this condition and make informed decisions regarding breeding practices and medical interventions. Early detection allows for appropriate management strategies to be implemented, which can improve the dog’s quality of life and prevent further complications.

The results of patellar luxation evaluations are recorded in the OFA database, providing valuable information for breeders, owners, and veterinarians. This data helps in tracking the prevalence of patellar luxation within specific breeds and facilitates research efforts aimed at understanding the condition better. Ultimately, the goal of the OFA’s patellar luxation evaluation is to promote the health and well-being of dogs by identifying and addressing musculoskeletal issues that may impact their mobility and overall quality of life.

DOGG!T champions these principles to ensure the health and well-being of dogs, promoting responsible breeding practices and early detection of Patellar luxation. All breeding dogs on our platform have provided health clearances that have passed the DOGG!T standard.

The OFA recommends patellar luxation evaluations for the following breeds:

  1. Affenpinscher
  2. American Eskimo Dog
  3. American Staffordshire Terrier
  4. Australian Terrier
  5. Bichon Frise
  6. Boston Terrier
  7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  8. Chihuahua
  9. Chinese Crested
  10. Cocker Spaniel
  11. Coton de Tulear
  12. Dachshund
  13. French Bulldog
  14. Havanese
  15. Jack Russell Terrier
  16. Japanese Chin
  17. King Charles Spaniel
  18. Lhasa Apso
  19. Maltese
  20. Manchester Terrier
  21. Miniature Bull Terrier
  22. Miniature Pinscher
  23. Miniature Schnauzer
  24. Papillon
  25. Pekingese
  26. Pomeranian
  27. Poodle (Miniature, Toy)
  28. Pug
  29. Rat Terrier
  30. Schipperke
  31. Scottish Terrier
  32. Shetland Sheepdog
  33. Silky Terrier
  34. Tibetan Spaniel
  35. Toy Fox Terrier
  36. Yorkshire Terrier

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