HEALTH INFO

The most common health issues for the Havanese include cataracts, luxating patella, heart, liver problems, hip dysplasia, LCP, sebaceous adenitis (SA), thyroid and unilateral hearing loss.

Havanese also have a high frequency of autoimmune diseases such as sebaceous adenitis, autoimmune thyroiditis, autoimmune hemolytic anemia and a variety of other autoimmune problems. To help with all these conditions we have set up a DNA diversity panel program with UCDavis.

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All our breeding dogs are tested for all the problems mentioned previously. I believe that thorough health testing of all breeding stock is essential and that all health testing should be made public for the benefit of the breed. It is always best to find any health issue before a dog is bred, not after the puppy develops the problem. For this reason, all our breeding dogs are tested for and certified clear of the following: hearing, patella, hips, elbows, liver function, heart, and thyroid. At present, there is no test for SA except for those dogs that have active cases.

Our girls are given a Wellness blood test before breeding to ensure that they are healthy. We ask for the same for the sire, but since we usually do not own the sire, we can not guarantee this 100% of the time.

Despite all this testing there is no guarantee that these problems can not occur in any one puppy. We can only guarantee what we will do if one of these problems occurs. All of the genetic problems privously mentioned other than SA and late on-set heart problems can be discovered in a puppy before the age of two, so we guarantee the dogs for this period. SA is a lifetime guarantee. Most of these conditions can also be a result of lifestyle (food, exercise, number of vaccines, it is simply impossible to guarantee the dog’s health for life. As the buyer, you need to be aware of this and provide the best care you can and to be prepared for the aging dog. Some age related problems are simply unavoidable, and some are more expensive than others in terms of care.

Money will be paid for your puppy toward actual health care costs or a new puppy will be made available to you. Your choice.

At nine weeks our puppies will receive a thorough exam at the Northumberland Vet Clinic in Colborne which includes testing for patella strength and heart function. They will also receive their first parvo and distemper shot as well as their microchip and then be registered with the Canadian Kennel Club. Most of our breeding dogs are registered with the American Kennel Club as well.

Here are our current breeding dogs’ health records on OFA. Mojo and George have age related cataracts, not juvenile cataracts. Mojo turned 16 on July 19, 2016 and George turns 8 on March 5, 2017. Lusa turned 8 on Sept 16, 2016. Joy and Ebony are too young (2016) for most tests.

Please read the following to understand why we vaccinate against Parvo, Distemper and Rabies only.

They have now proven that the rabies vaccine is good for at least six years, but it will take a while for the laws to catch up. There is a murcury free rabies vaccine available.