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Genetic Testing for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

Genetic Testing for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

Genetic testing is a valuable tool for Chesapeake Bay Retriever breeders and owners.

It can help to identify a dog’s risk of developing a number of genetic diseases and take steps to prevent or manage them.

All Eska Creek dogs are tested before any breeding decisions are made. 

Why do Breeders do Genetic Testing?

  • To help breeders make informed breeding decisions
  • To help breeders avoid passing on defects
  • To help breeders identify carriers of defects
  • To identify  health problems that may appear later in life

Benefits of Genetic Testing

There are a number of benefits to genetic testing for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. Some of the most common benefits include:

  • Early detection: Genetic testing can help you identify your dog’s risk of developing a disease early on. This can give you time to take steps to prevent or manage the disease.
  • Prevention: In some cases, genetic testing can help you identify your dog’s risk of developing a disease so that you can take steps to prevent it. For example, if your dog is at risk for hip dysplasia, you can start early on with joint supplements and exercise to help keep his joints healthy.
  • Management: In other cases, genetic testing can help you identify your dog’s risk of developing a disease so that you can manage it. For example, if your dog is at risk for degenerative myelopathy, you can work with your veterinarian to develop a treatment plan that will help slow the progression of the disease.

How do I get Genetic Testing?

There are a several ways to get canine genetic testing.

  • You can take your dog to a veterinarian or animal hospital that offers canine genetic testing. The veterinarian will collect a sample of your dog’s DNA, and they will send it to a lab for analysis.
  • You can order a kit from a company that specializes in canine genetic testing, such as Pawprints/NeoGen or Gensol. These kits will typically come with instructions on how to collect a sample of your dog’s DNA, and they will send your sample to a lab for analysis.

Once your dog’s DNA has been analyzed, you will receive a report that will show you the results of the test. The report will typically include information about your dog’s breed, ancestry, and genetic health risks.

Canine genetic testing can be a valuable tool for dog breeders and owners. It can help you learn more about your dog’s breed and ancestry, and it can also help you identify potential genetic health risks. If you are considering canine genetic testing, it is important to choose a company or veterinarian that is reputable and has a good track record.

What Tests do I need for my Chesapeake?

The American Chesapeake Club Board of Directors, and ACC Health Committee strongly recommends that all breeding stock be free of

  • Hip/Elbow Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in addition to all hereditary eye diseases
  • Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)
  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
  • Ectodermal Dysplasia – Skin Fragility Syndrome (ED) 

In addition to the tests recommended by the parent club, some breeders test for Thyroid, and Dwarfism, long coat, and other factors.

If you have reason to be concerned(other dogs in the pedigree are carriers or are affected) about other possible issues,  find out if testing is available.  

There are breed databases that record health information for individual dogs, ask your breeder for health testing information or links.

Safety in the Great Outdoors

Safety in the Great Outdoors

It is as important to puppy-proof your yard as it is your house. Never take your eyes off the young ones.
Puppy playing outside
  1. Get rid of debris

  2. Keep trash securely locked up Not only is is an annoying mess, many items in the trash are hazadous; from sharp cans to gooey plastic to bones, and paper.

  3. Hide or remove cords, cables, and wires. if they are there, the pup will find them, and chew them. Try to get ahead of the game.

  4. Remove any obstacles that could trip the puppy up.

  5. Keep fertilizer and other plant care products locked up. Be careful with chemicals like weed killers, pesticides, etc. Always read the labels, especially for fertilizers, weed, insect, and pest killers.

  6. Cover up or remove any potentially harmful plants

  7. Use a dog-safe mulch instead of rocks in your garden. Pups will eat rocks, and they will eat mulch, so look at your yard for safety.

  8. Provide your pup with a place to lie down and rest; a pad, bed or crate will work, or a simple Patio mat.

  9. Be mindful of the time of year and the climate so you can protect your puppy from the elements. Small pups get chilled quickly, and they can overheat just as quickly. Keep the direct sun to a minimum, especially with younger pups. Always have shade and clean water available.

If Pup goes into the garage, it is critical to make sure to put up all poisonous chemicals like those used in antifreeze and cleaning supplies. Most garages are full of attractive dangers, and pup should be watched at all times in that environment.

Puppy Proofing your Home

How to keep your new puppy safe by puppy-proofing your home

Congratulations on your new pup. 

It is very important to make sure you have a safe environment for your puppy, so here are a few tips…

Step 1. See the world through your puppy's eyes

One of the strangest sounding but most effective things that you can do is to get down on the floor at puppy “eye Level”. Things that don’t stand out will suddenly become much more noticeable. Check to see if there are any choke-able items on the floor — needles, coins, paper clips, staples etc.

Step 2. Set up an off-limits area to use as their safe place

Set up an off-limits area for your puppy to use as their safe place. This can be a crate or, a penned-in area, an area that you know is safe for pups, and that other pets, children, or people do not go in. It is his safe space.

Puppy Play

Step 3. Block off rooms and cover up anything you want to protect from chewing

Once pups start moving out of that safe space, things get a lot more challenging, and there are many more things to look out for. 

Step 4. Remove potential hazards

Hide/remove electrical cords, or tape them down if needed. These are not only electrical shock issues but also pups can get tangled.

Make sure that the side table is cleared off. No Medications(including OTC) are unsecured, even gum or Cough drops can have dangerous consequences.

Put away knick-knacks and collectibles that can easily be broken or swallowed.

Remove tippy or lightweight furniture. Pups, and some grown dogs, are not “body-aware”, and it is not uncommon for a pup to not know where his butt is, especially when playing.

Tie up drapes or anything hanging down. Tassels, fringe, bind cords, strings, tablecloths, etc. Not only will they be damaged, but if they are eaten, they can cause serious blockages and intestinal problems.

Step 5. Remove household plants

A surprising number of common house plants can make your pets sick if eaten. It is best to move them, to where the pup cannot get to them. Not to mention, digging in the dirt is great fun!


Step 6. Put away all food.

Make sure no snacks are left where pup will see, smell or reach for them. Not only is people food a bad habit to start (see post on No People Food) many foods can make your dog very sick, and some can even kill them. In little puppy bodies, even a tiny amount can be critical.

I have had dogs open cupboards, and they are so fast sometimes you don’t even see them grab it.

Puppy proofing is important for keeping your furry friend healthy and happy! It also helps you keep your sanity!

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