We take a three-pronged approached to Health:
1. Genetic Testing and Health Screening of Parents
2. Health Examinations, Vaccinations, and Health Evaluations of Puppies
3. Health Guarantee and Free 30-Day Pet Insurance for Puppies
Results of key health screenings of our puppies' parents are recorded with the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals. The Orthopedic Foundation of Animals (OFA) is a non-profit organization based in Columbia, Missouri that aims to research and prevent orthopedic and hereditary diseases in companion animals. The OFA also serves as a registry for pure-bred dogs for the results of key health screenings. Labrador Retrievers have their share of inheritable health problems just like all other types of dogs regardless if they are purebred or not. Responsible breeders test their dogs for these types of problems to ensure that their puppies have the best chance at a long and healthy life. Dams and Sires owned by CiaoBella Retrievers have attained OFA CHIC numbers signifying they meet/exceed the breeding health standards recommended by the OFA.
Hip and Elbow dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is a condition in which the head of the femur fits improperly into the hip joint socket, causing pain and lameness. Elbow dysplasia is a general term that is used to describe a developmental degenerative disease of the elbow joint.
An annual eye exam is recommended to be performed by an American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist (ACVO) and the results are registered with OFA.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy ( PRA) refers to retinal diseases that cause blindness. Some breeds have blindness by abnormal development of the retina and this is called dysplasia. Other breeds have a slowly progressive degeneration or death of the retinal tissue and this is degeneration. It is a long recognized, hereditary, blinding disorder.
Exercise Intolerance And Collapse ( EIC) has been recognized in young adult Labrador Retrievers. A dog can be clear, a carrier, or affected by the gene highly associated with EIC. Some "affected" dogs have died during an EIC episode which may be triggered by hunt tests, field trial training, or upland game hunting.
Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM) is a muscular disease that can be expressed as an awkward gait, fatigue, and difficulty eating.
Our puppies are examined for health by our Veterinarian at 6 weeks and also 8 weeks of age while also receiving their vaccinations . At 8-10 weeks of age they receive their eye exam by our Veterinary Ophthalmologist, and their cardio auscultation by our Veterinary Cardiologist. Each puppy will be microchipped prior to placement. We perform an extensive temperament evaluation at 7.5 week of age. Results of examinations and evaluations will be shared with you.
Your puppy is guaranteed to be in good general health, free of internal worms, and free of congenital deformities as of the time you take possession of the puppy. You are entitled to have your puppy examined by a veterinarian of your choice within 72 hours of the date of purchase. If your veterinarian should find any LIFE THREATENING defect ( this does not include worms, coccidia, giardia, parasites and hypoglycemia) you must notify us immediately, and make arrangements for the puppy's return. The puppy must be accompanied by a signed statement from your veterinarian stating the problem. You are responsible for the puppy and all incurred costs during this time, not us. We will refund 100% of the purchase price upon the puppy's return.
The AKC offers 30 days of FREE pet insurance for puppies from our breeding program and is available to you to sign up once your puppy has been registered by us with the AKC. This pet health insurance provides coverage for many common accidents, injuries, and illnesses- no credit card nor commitment required to activate!