OFA Cardiac Screening Changes: Implications for German Shorthaired Pointers
As of April 1, 2016, the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) changed/expanded its program for cardiac clearances in conjunction with the ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine). The new program is called the Advanced Cardiac Database.
At this time these changes will not affect the GSPCA cardiac requirements for CHIC adopted in 2014.
The OFA changes for the Advanced Cardiac Database involve the following:
The most recent data on adult onset cardiac disease in GSPs is from our 2005 breed survey. It indicated diseases such as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) or valvular diseases are not as prevalent as subaortic stenosis which is congenital. Our 2014 online survey also indicated less concern among breeders about the adult onset diseases. However, the hard data is 11 years old, and some of these diseases may now be more prevalent. We are not planning to change our current CHIC requirements. We need to obtain more data about these adult onset cardiac diseases in our breed.
In the meantime, GSP breeders may want to use these new adult onset disease protocols to more closely monitor their breeding stock on a voluntary basis and for their own information. Some situations where this might provide useful information to breeders are:
The OFA announcement of the new Advanced Cardiac Database can be found at: http://www.ofa.org/pdf/ACA_Announcement.pdf.
For more reading about congenital and adult onset diseases in GSPs see: http://www.gspca.org/Health/Articles/Rationale-for-change-in-CHIC-Cardiac-Requirement.html.
Health and Welfare Committee, April, 2016