Although Shoulder 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 prior to breeding.
Shoulder xrays are done to evaluate the Shoulder joint for signs of Osteochondrosis (OCD).
Dogs must be 12 months or older for official assessment.
The Official Organization in North America that evaluates and certifies shoulder xrays is the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). Globally, FCI Clubs are authorized to evaluate and certify shoulder xrays.
The OFA will provide results of Normal or Abnormal for Shoulders.
According to 2017 OFA Statistics, Spinone has a 5.3% abnormal elbow rate - OFA Spinone Shoulder Statistics.