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Today I started on the necessary screenings for Zoe before breeding her later this year. Today was the hip x-ray - nearly $500. It would have been $60 less if we were regular patients at the vet's office - that $60 was for an "annual physical". This was the estimate - maybe it will be a little less. Here is the detail cost: $55.47 annual exam & assessment, $302.48 for x-ray and opinion, $22.95 hospitalization for most of the day, $26.56 shipping and handling material (I presume this is sending the results to OFA), $88.50 medication (light anesthesia).

She was supposed to go for her eye exam yesterday, but I had to reschedule to next week because the roads were too icy. I'm not sure what the cost of the eye exam will be. Her last one was very inexpensive because it was done at a dog show. The OFA registration for it was just $12. (Each test registration with OFA is $12, so if you send in hips, DNA for PRA, and an eye exam that's $36. Eye exams must be done yearly.

So this explains part of why carefully bred dogs are so expensive! If you are thinking of buying a poodle, go to the OFA web site and look up the parents and grandparents.
 

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It's good that you posted this inforrmation for future poodle parents. So few people truly understand all that quality breeders put into ensuring that their dogs are healthy and great breeding prospects. So exciting to hear that you have future breedings planned for Zoe. She is gorgeous and comes from good genes and will have spectacular puppies!
 

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It's good that you posted this inforrmation for future poodle parents. So few people truly understand all that quality breeders put into ensuring that their dogs are healthy and great breeding prospects. So exciting to hear that you have future breedings planned for Zoe. She is gorgeous and comes from good genes and will have spectacular puppies!
Thank you, Viking Queen. I actually already have people asking about puppies! Her hip x-ray looks really good. The vet said he felt that it would pass OFA with flying colors. Her eye exam is next Tuesday. Let's hope it comes out well, too. Betty Brown is already recommending a stud for her. She is not due in heat until May or June at the earliest.
 

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I wish I had known you needed an x-ray earlier.

For those who aren't aware, here's a frequently updated list of various OFA screenings by vet specialists, by location, and low cost. Here's the link.

Dog/Canine Health Test Clinic Schedule
in the United States and Canada
(If it's not on this list, we don't know about it.)

UK clinics are listed on this Facebook group page.
 

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There is only one veterinarian in the Albuquerque area who does OFA hip
I wish I had known you needed an x-ray earlier.

For those who aren't aware, here's a frequently updated list of various OFA screenings by vet specialists, by location, and low cost. Here's the link.

Dog/Canine Health Test Clinic Schedule
in the United States and Canada
(If it's not on this list, we don't know about it.)

UK clinics are listed on this Facebook group page.
 

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Oooops - I hit the enter key by mistake. Thanks, Vita, for the list. I see that New Mexico is not listed at all, unfortunately. There are some eye clinics in Colorado, though.

Zoe had an eye check at a show last year, but needs the DNA test and another eye exam. We do have a canine eye specialty clinic here . Zoe has an appointment next week. I sure am glad that since she is almost 3 she will not need another hip e-xray. The vet said he felt confident that her hips will pass. That's to be expected - she comes from generations of minis who have passing x-rays.
 

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And those are only the testings she mentioned. When I bred my chihuahua there were several more expenses.

Pregnancy test at 18 days, (came back negative and I had to repeat it a week later), prenatal vitamins/supplements, different food, ultrasounds (2). Purchasing whelping box/supplies, buying all that’s needed to create a nursery, blankets, sheets and other supplies needed after the puppies were born.

After the puppies were born I had to - have milk replacer on hand, I dealt with a uterine infection plus all the meds and blood tests. Vet visits for worming (I didn’t have the med on hand, but it still has to be purchased), a later vet visit for another deworming, health certificates and first shots.

I also had time missed from work to tend to her if she didn’t feel well, and more in anticipation of her going into labor.

You also have to figure in time for all these trips as well as fuel. Then there is also socializing, (I used) pee pads training, I hired someone to come stay with mom and pups nights I had to work.

I didn’t sell my puppies for a fortune... I had a couple with rare colors and didn’t believe in charging more for them. Someone got one of them and had been looking for that specific color for a year but the prices were jacked way up. (She turned out to be an awesome owner and the pup is still doing well at 14 years old).

There are just SO MANY expenses it’s unbelievable. If a C-Section is needed at an Emergency Clinic, that’s at least $2000 (here). I charged pretty much what all the breeders charged, and I’m not sure I even broke even.

Puppy mills won’t do hardly anything for the dams or litters. Never buy from a puppy mill! I got Zeke from a hobby breeder. He was very sick when I brought him home. That’s what you get when you don’t go to an ethical breeder. It’s well worth the cost to pay for quality.

I was not perfect when I bred my little one and knew nothing about OFA testing. I certainly was not an AKC Breeder of Merit, but I did the best I knew how. I’ll never breed again.
 
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