Nemo is going in for a dental in late January and I thought I would try to take care of some other things while he is there. He will be 5 this January. Here is what I am planning and contemplating:
Planning to draw blood for the OFA thyroid panel. I believe he had the full panel done a few years ago (the vet had to use an outside lab) but it was not an official OFA evaluation although one of the approved labs may have been used (I'll check at the visit). So, I'm not sure if I have a good baseline or not. Just so I'm clear when I talk to the vet, my understanding of why I should be doing the OFA panel is a) you need the full panel to get an accurate read on a basenji's thyroid condition and b) basenji's thyroid levels are typically higher than other breeds? That's the impression I get from other posts. Are the results for the OFA panel evaluated against typical levels for the basenji breed so that it offers more value than the vet interpreting the results alone (particularly if they have limited basenji experience)?
I'm contemplating doing his hips and elbows. He will already be knocked out for the dental so the timing works out. He hasn't had any issues so far.
I'm planning an eye check since he hasn't had one since he was a puppy. This will be a separate visit, but how important is it that the opthamologist has basenji experience? Or is it that they are familar with PPM and PRA? The doctor my breeder used is several hours away but there are two DAVCOs close to home now. Nemo has PPM, which I believe are the white spots on each of his eyes. I can't really read the other comments from the eye doctor at the time (my vet couldn't read it either).
Any comments would be appreciated.