2021 National Specialty Health Clinics

Research Sample Collection/Health Testing at the 2021 Specialty

As always, we plan on collecting samples for research and offering discounted health testing at the 2021 National Specialty in Richland, Washington. Here is what we have planned:

Health Testing

Factor VII Testing: Once again, we will be offering Factor VII blood draws, and the SDCA will again be subsidizing $45 of the $75 fee for Factor VII testing at the University of Pennsylvania.

Cardiac Testing: Friday, June 4 (all day), and Saturday, June 5 (only if needed)
Echocardiograms with Bryan Eason, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Fee: $250
Appointments: Pre-registration is required; to pre-register, simply pay for your echos in The SDCA Store. Appointments will be offered in registration order, so register early! Scheduling information will be provided via email after the clinic is confirmed to be happening. Walk-in appointments may be available on a limited basis but are not guaranteed.

  • If you register, but we do not have ten reservations by May 21, 2021, you will receive a full refund.
  • After May 21, if the clinic does not have more than ten dogs registered, no refund will be given unless a replacement appointment can be arranged.
  • If more than ten dogs are signed up, full refunds will be issued if notice is given before June 1; no refunds will be given June 1 or after.
  • No refunds will be given if an appointment is missed.

Forms: OFA Advanced Cardiac Database (ACA) forms will be available at the clinic’s check-in desk. Please bring a photocopy (or snap a picture with your phone) of your dog’s AKC registration certificate to ensure accuracy when completing the ACA form.

Research Sample Collection

CHIC DNA Bank: We will be drawing blood samples for submission to our CHIC DNA Bank. The bank is already being used by researchers, and the more samples we get, the more useful it will be. Cost: FREE! The SDCA and OFA underwrite the processing cost.

Cystinuria Study: We will be drawing blood for DNA and accepting urine samples for NP testing to support our cystinuria research.  This year, we would like samples from both intact dogs and a few bitches age 2 and over. Testing is FREE (Penn and the SDCA underwrite the processing costs) as long as a blood sample is also provided or Penn already has a blood sample from your dog. Even if your dog has had NP tests before, multiple tests are very useful for the research, so please test your dog again. Urine collection equipment will be available.

The blood draw clinic is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, June 5, after the judging. You will be able to schedule appointments starting about a month before the show.

Anesthesia Sensitivities: Dr. Michael Court, our health seminar speaker, will be doing cheek swab sampling at the show on Thursday, June 3, for DNA for his research on delayed post-operative bleeding (also known as hyperfibrinolysis), slow drug metabolism, and hyperthermia. You can read more about his work in our 2020 Health Research Annual Report.

Feel free to bring blood and urine to the show from dogs that you are leaving at home. We’ll provide detailed sample collection information as the show gets closer.

Please note: By submitting samples for research, you agree to provide written health updates on your dog every two or three years when requested by the SDCA up to and including the age and cause of death.

If you have any questions about the sample collection or health testing, please don’t hesitate to ask.