Although Heart Tests are optional, SCOA Health recommends breeders take advantage of all health screening tests available to them to ensure the maximum amount of accessible health information.
Heart tests for official certification from OFA dogs must be 1 year or older. Preliminary exams can be done on dogs less than 1 year of age. OFA Heart Exam
Heart tests are a quick and easy test performed by a Board certified Cardiologist.
Heart testing is done to help determine the presence of structural abnormalities, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beats) and/or congenital abnormalities (birth defects)
The most common heart test is the Auscultation (listening) test whereby the Cardiologist listens to the dog’s heart for any murmurs.
A more advanced heart test that is also available and is the “Gold Standard” for heart screening is the Echocardiogram (ultrasound and doppler of the heart)
Many local AKC kennel clubs host heart clinics that are held in conjunction with their conformation show weekends. Many are listed on the OFA Health Clinic Calendar
According to the 2017 OFA breed statistics, Spinone have a 1.2% abnormal rate. OFA Spinone Heart Statistics