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.

Our Code of Ethics (COE) Breeders are committed to raising a healthier, happier and correctly structured Coton. We are constantly interacting and working with each other as we strive to learn more to improve the breed. We highly recommend that before breeding, each breeder do health testing on your dog. Our mimimal recommendations are patella checks, cardiac checks, hip & elbow checks and cerfs. There are many other tests appropriate for the Coton. 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 Orthopedic Foundaton for Animals maintains a website with public records.  Buyers can check out potential puppy health testing parentage on this site:  OFA.


Evaluations through December 2016
Registry Rank Evaluations Percent
Abnormal
Percent
Normal
Percent
Carrier
Percent
Equivocal
ADVANCED CARDIAC N/A 2 .0 100.0 .0 .0
BAER HEARING TEST N/A 33 .0 100.0 .0 .0
CANINE MULTIFOCAL RETINOPATHY 2 161 .0 94.4 5.6 .0
CARDIAC 121 1281 .0 99.9 .0 .1
DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY 41 143 .0 90.2 9.8 .0
DENTITION DATABASE N/A 25 4.0 96.0 .0 .0
ELBOW 88 664 2.1 97.4 .0 .5
EYES 121 575 .7 99.3 .0 .0
HIPS 119 901 9.0 89.8 .0 1.2
HYPERURICOSURIA 4 86 .0 100.0 .0 .0
LEGG-CALVE-PERTHES 21 85 .0 100.0 .0 .0
NEONATAL CEREBELLAR ATAXIA 1 182 .0 96.7 3.3 .0
PATELLA 28 1752 5.0 95.0 .0 .0
PRIMARY LENS LUXATION N/A 2 .0 100.0 .0 .0
SHOULDER N/A 2 50.0 50.0 .0 .0
THYROID 59 608 3.5 85.0 .0 11.5
VON WILLEBRANDS 13 103 .0 93.2 6.8 .0

 Evaluations through December 2013

Registry Rank Evaluations Percent
Abnormal
Percent
Normal
Percent
Carrier
Percent
Equivocal
BAER HEARING TEST N/A 33 .0 100.0 .0 .0
CARDIAC 108 1001 .0 99.9 .0 .1
DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY 24 58 .0 82.8 17.2 .0
ELBOW 88 547 1.6 97.8 .0 .0
EYES 7 121 3.3 96.7 .0 .0
HIPS 113 753 8.9 89.8 .0 .0
LEGG-CALVE-PERTHES N/A 44 .0 100.0 .0 .0
NEONATAL CEREBELLAR ATAXIA 1 101 .0 97.0 .0 .0
PATELLA 26 1451 5.4 94.6 .0 .0
PRIMARY LENS LUXATION N/A 2 .0 100.0 .0 .0
THYROID 49 552 3.8 84.6 .0 11.6
VON WILLEBRANDS N/A 30 .0 96.7 3.3 .0

 

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 heart murmurs.  Some dogs have cardiac conditions, just like humans, that can 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 Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM's Canine Minimal Vaccine Use recommendation.  Many of us believe in this protocol, but your own DVM may be your source of information.