Although Patella XRays 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.
Patella xrays are done to evaluate the Patella position for signs of Patellar luxation which is dislocation of the patella.
The Official Organization in North America that evaluates and certifies Patella XRays is the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) OFA Patella.
For OFA evaluation, dogs must be 12 months or older for official assessment although “preliminary” xrays at an earlier age can be evaluated.
The OFA will provide results of Normal or Abnormal for Patellas. There are grades ranging from 0 (normal) to 4.
According to 2017 OFA Statistics, but with very limited number of evaluations completed, Spinone have a 0% abnormal patella rate. OFA Spinone Patella Statistics