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What health testing should I do on my Bernese Mountain Dog

Recommended Testing

Berner Recommended Testing

As Barbara Packard insisted many years ago, improvements in health cannot be done effectively without testing and openly sharing those test results. In the spirit of the need for open sharing, the BMDCA is implementing a method for identifying dogs in the Berner-Garde database that have met the recommended testing criteria established by the Health Committee. It is called a BRT designation, an acronym for Berner Recommended Testing. Along with a gold star on the dog page, a BRT record will automatically be assigned to all of those dogs that meet the following criteria:

Up until 12/20/2017 have all of the following:

  • AKC DNA profile number

  • Hip evaluations from GDC, OFA, OVC, or PennHIP

  • Elbow evaluations from GDC, OFA, or OVC

  • CERF eye examination

  • OFA Heart evaluation by a cardiologist

  • von Willebrand's DNA test, or one generation result by Parentage

For all dates have all of the following:

  • AKC DNA profile number

  • Hip evaluations from GDC, OFA, OVC, PennHIP, or board certified radiologist

  • Elbow evaluations from GDC, OFA, OVC, or board certified radiologist

  • CERF or OFA eye examination, or board certified ophthalmologist

  • OFA Heart evaluation, or board certified cardiologist

  • DM DNA test for SOD1-A and SOD1-B (both are not needed if either is at-risk), or one generation result by Parentage

And at least one of the following:

  • von Willebrand's DNA test, or one generation result by Parentage

  • Thyroid certification (based on the OFA certification requirements: FT4, cTSH, TgAA

  • Histiocytic Sarcoma Pre-Test from Antagene

In the Berner-Garde database, a dog that has met these requirements is shown with a gold star on the detail page next to the Certifications display. BRT is also listed in the dog’s Certifications table. BRT records are searchable by selecting ‘Reports’, ‘Certification/Test Query’, then choosing BRT for the ‘Evaluated By’ field.

 

If you think that your dog should have a BRT designation and doesn't, feel free to contact Pat Long at pat@bmdinfo.com and she'll be happy to help try to sort out any issues.

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