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Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)

The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) was developed by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the AKC Canine Health Foundation as a database encouraging health testing and listing of multiple test results as a way to provide owners, breeders and researchers with information essential to the health of our dogs.

To help dogs live longer and healthier lives, OES owners and breeders support health testing and registration as health measures for each of their dogs; and, simultaneously, commit to providing reliable breed data for research in diagnostic testing, treatments and ultimately cures for diseases. To achieve these goals, OESCA encourages members to participate in two major programs, the CHIC Registry and the CHIC DNA Blood Repository.

CHIC Registry

OESCA has established 4 breed requirements for an OES to receive a CHIC number. The requirements include 1) hip dysplasia screening from OFA or another accredited hip certification, 2) Thyroid Testing from an accredited lab, 3) an OFA (or formerly CERF) eye exam from a veterinary ophthalmologist, and 4) a DNA test for Exercise Induced Collapse from an OFA approved lab. Each dog will be assigned a CHIC number when tests are completed and reported. The CHIC number is not an indication of normal test results. However, the CHIC Registry does report the actual test results, including clearances and additional health data, for each dog and the dog's close relatives. Owners of CHIC dogs are encouraged to maintain and update a dog's CHIC health data. OES breed requirement updates include: hip screening to be completed no earlier than at 2 years of age with OFA or as permitted by other accredited testing methods; CERF or OFA's ERC testing is required every year until age 5, thereafter every 2 years; and thyroid testing is required annually until the age of 5 and then every 2 years thereafter. In addition to the four required tests, OESCA recommends testing and reporting cardiac screening, BAER (hearing) testing, and DNA tests for Multiple Drug Sensitivity (MDR1 mutation), Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD), and Cerebellar Degeneration. Note: These tests are recommendations only and not required to receive a dog's CHIC number. Additional CHIC information, including registration forms, can be located at http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/brdreqs.html?breed=SD

CHIC DNA (Blood) Repository

CHIC has established a DNA repository for breed clubs as a way for owners to maintain a safe place to indefinitely store DNA from their dogs and, at the same time, provide a large pool of accessible DNA when researching health problems related to a breed. The advantage of the pool is that it provides generations of genetic material and if a test becomes available, it is often possible to test dogs whose DNA is in the repository. This DNA storage gives us a resource to help maintain the health and well being of our breed.

Currently, close to 1000 OES have stored DNA in the breed's repository. Members of OESCA are committed to enlarging the repository with DNA collections from current and future generations of OES.

For additional information, including DNA submissions, go to http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/dnabank.html