HEALTH IS OUR MAIN CONCERN

HEALTH IS OUR MAIN CONCERN

HEALTH IS OUR MAIN CONCERN

Health and medical information found on this site are not intended as a substitute for your veterinarian's qualified advice.

NACA Code of Ethics (COE) Breeders are committed to raising a healthiy, happy, and correctly structured Cotons de Tulear. Members are constantly interacting and working with each other, as we strive to learn more to preserve and improve the breed. The Club highly recommends that before breeding, each breeder perform veterinary health testing on their dog. Our minimal recommendations are patella, cardiac, and eye examinations. There are also a few breed-specific genetic tests appropriate for the Coton de Tulear breed. If you find that you have a health problem with your Coton that needs researching, please contact our Health Committee. We are here to help our Members and will assist you in any way we can.

The North American Coton Association has recently become involved in the Embark Breed Club Partnership Program.  Embark is a research partner of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Our collaboration with Embark is designed to empower both our stewards of the breed and NACA Coton de Tulear breeders with the tools to make informed breeding and health decisions.



The Canine Health Information Center provides a recommended protocol of important and optional health tests for adult Cotons prior to breeding at CHIC.


The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals maintains a website with public health test records.  Prospective Coton puppy owners may be able to view parents' OFA recorded health tests at :  OFA. The most current OFA health test statistics for the Coton de Tulear breed may be accessed on their Stats Page

 

HEALTH IS OUR MAIN CONCERN
HEALTH IS OUR MAIN CONCERN
 
 
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CARDIAC

Cardiac problems in our canine friends is always scary. Some are serious and others can be outgrown,such as certain types of heart murmurs. Some dogs have cardiac conditions,just like humans, that may be controlled with medication.  Early diagnosis and treatment is important.

 
ELBOW DYSPLASIA

Elbow dysplasia is a testing that goes with the hip dysplasia testing.

 
HIP DYSPLASIA

Hip Dysplasia is a genetic disease that hurts and cripples our canine friends.

 
INVERTEBRAL DISC DISEASE (IVDD)

IVDD is a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst (herniate) into the spinal cord space. These discs then press on the nerves running through the spinal cord causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis.

 
PATELLAR LUXATION

Patellar luxation is probably the most prominent health problem in the Coton breed.  This means that the knee cap is luxating , or coming out of the socket.  There are different degrees of luxation. 

 
VACCINATIONS

The following is the canine vaccination protocol recommended by Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM. Many of us believe in this protocol, but your own veterinarian may be your source of information.