HEALTH TESTING – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
WHY HAS A HEALTH SCHEME BEEN PRODUCED FOR PUGS? –
The Kennel Club have identified a number of breeds where support is needed to make improvement in breed health. This is described in the Breed Watch booklet available from the Kennel Club. The breeds identified all fall into one of three categories and Pugs are in Category Three, which is the highest category. As such, information on the health of the breed is required by the Kennel Club health team. This information is collected by the clubs and passed to the Kennel club through the Breed Health coordinator on behalf of the breed. A simple way of obtaining health information is by way of a pug breed health scheme. The first step on the health scheme being by a vet’s examination of your pug. Details of the examination can be seen on the Visual Health Assessment form (VHA). The statistics obtained from the VHAs are a useful indicator of any visible concerns that may need to be considered for further investigation, testing or research .e.g. any heart, patella, skin, eye or respiratory problems.
WHY SHOULD I HEALTH TEST MY PUG?-
The Health Scheme is open to all KC Registered pugs of Breed Standard colours ie fawn, black, apricot and silver. A breed Health Scheme is a minimum requirement for our Breed Clubs to put forward a case that the KC consider the breed be upgraded to Category Two under the Breed Watch requirements. We need health information on the yearly average of pugs exhibited at general championship and breed club shows by way of VHAs. This information is collected by way of vet checks at some breed club shows or by becoming a member of the health scheme and having a VHA performed by your own vet. Health information is very much needed from pet owners, occasional breeders and by breed rescues who also rehome pugs taken into their care. Any pugs over the age of 12 months are eligible to join the health scheme. It is a fairly simple task for breed clubs to obtain information from exhibitors, but much more difficult to reach owners who make up the bulk of the pug owning population. As a breed we very much need all owners to provide information on their pugs so that we really do have a realistic overview of breed health.
WHAT ARE HEALTH TEST RESULTS USED FOR? –
Joining the pug health scheme and providing information on health will provide a better picture of any recognised health problems. It will also give access to information on health to those people who test their pugs before any breeding decisions are made. It will provide assurance to any prospective puppy buyers that breeders are concerned about health and do use available tests to try to minimise potential health issues in puppies they have bred.
HOW MUCH DOES HEALTH TESTING COST? –
It is free to join the Northern Pug Dog Club Health Scheme and the VHAs completed at the Northern Pug Dog Club Shows are also free. The VHA has been designed to take your vet no longer than a usual 10 minute appointment and this should be reflected in the price they charge. As part of the VHA there is a patella score given which can only be performed by a vet and would necessitate a vet’s appointment in any event. Details of charges for PDE testing at UC Davis California can be found on their website. HV testing at a year old can be performed by your vet and an anaesthetic and two x-ray plates are needed. Your vet will be able to provide an estimate of cost. A new scheme is being prepared by the KC and Cambridge University for BOAS testing to start in 2019 and as yet an indication of cost is unavailable.
WHY JOIN THE NORTHERN PUG DOG CLUB HEALTH SCHEME? –
The Scheme has been made as simple as possible for scheme members. There is no fee to join and a Bronze Certificate will be issued on receipt of your Visual Health Assessment. The steps to obtain your pug’s Silver Certificate after receipt of your Bronze award are:
- Proof of DNA testing for PDE. We recommend U C Davis California for testing. (It is recommended that one parent in any litter be reported as NN)
- HV – Proof of pug being x-rayed clear.
3 BOAS Testing Grade 0,1 or 2 (Optional under 2 years)
To progress to the Gold Certificate after receipt of the Silver Certificate:
1 Your pug must be over 2 years of age and hold both Bronze and Silver.
2 A Functional Grading of BOAS Assessment over 2 years of age with a Grade 0, 1 or 2 result.
3 Patella Grading 0 or 1
KC Registration Number and Name must be shown on all results along with colour, sex and date of birth and microchip no.