Finally got my Pishy-Pash to the vet for her hip & elbow xrays! Now just for the several week wait wait wait wait WAIT for OFA to return the results.
The bad news? The vet had a little problem with Pash — after 10 minutes she came back announcing there was a small problem … “She’s very VERY strong!” … LOL, YEAH, tell me something I don’t know! Pash was being, well, Pash — stubborn, temperamental, stiff, and not cooperative at all. “Would you like me to help???” … “yes please” …. so I go back there, and she relaxes — a BIT — enough to get her flipped and xrays taken.
Then … 15 minutes later — the vet comes back … there was another small problem — the xray got stuck in the processing machine, they need to redo her hip xray. OH JOY! The good news? The vet LOVED her hips, showed me the partially mangled xray … nice and TIGHT.
Next xray down and done (with duplicates taken)
so … now … we wait …
she’s so sweet, slept all the way home.
P.S. CALL AROUND! I called probably a dozen vets in my immediate area, most didn’t even know what OFA was — the others quoted me prices of 4-500 dollars. Some even insisted that OFA mandates the dog must be completely sedated — NOT TRUE AT ALL! The form itself (that the vet sends to OFA) has the vet check a sedated/not-sedated box; and if sedated what was used for sedation.
I called a GSD friend of mine in the area — REFERRALS ARE KING! — the vet she gave me the # for charged 220 bucks! No sedation, if sedation would’ve been needed she would’ve opted for a ‘twilight’ like light sedation (think, doggie valium) which would’ve cost an extra 75 dollars. Oh … AND … the $220 INCLUDED the fee & shipping to OFA. SURE I may have had to drive an hour (Lewisburg) — but it was worth it. This vet does dozens of OFA xrays a month. She knows what she’s doing. You really really want a vet that does this regularly — not just some country doctor that’s “done it a few times.”
Needless to say, I’m wicked happy.
Stay tuned — breeding plans on the horizon! An amazing male has been selected, and pending OFA results, we might have our first litter soon!