CWCCA National Specialty

Health Clinics

DNA Testing

DNA Test Kits: The following DNA test kits and assistance in collecting samples will be available:

    • DDC: Coat Colors, DM, Coat Length (fluffy)
    • Vetnostic: DM, PRA, Coat Colors, Coat Length
    • UC Davis: Coat Colors, Merle

The kits will be distributed by members of the Health Committee, Tuesday through Saturday. Information on discounts will be available at the on-line store. Questions should be directed to Barbara Merickel, Health Committee Chairman, at

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CHIC DNA Repository

The CHIC DNA Repository, sponsored by the OFA, collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs.

OFA charges a $20 fee to process and store each sample.

The CWCCA is planning to sponsor a DNA collection clinic at a future National Specialty but the Health Committee will collect blood samples this year for any members who order a collection kit and bring it to the National Specialty.

Test kits may be ordered from OFA at

Please contact Barbara Merickel with any questions:

Eye clinic

The CWCCA will offer its annual eye clinic beginning on Friday April 27th, 2018, time TBA. Our veterinary ophtalmologist will be Sarah Maxwell, DVM.

Appointment times will be assigned and posted that morning along with directions to the clinic location which will be at the host hotel. Bring your dog’s registration information for the OFA form.

The cost per dog per examination is $30. Please sign up at our On-Line Store as the number of onsite registrations may be limited and walk in appointments will be at the ophthalmologist’s discretion.

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Travel Advisory

A CWCCA member has reported that an attendee planning to fly to our Nationals via Alaska Airlines, whose website states not flying pets Apr 24-26, required a change of plans The report indicated that no pre-flight advisement will be forthcoming from the airline for others with similar reservations.

Due to privacy concerns, we cannot verify specific information but we strongly urge you to verify your flight arrangements in advance to avoid a travel day upset. We greatly appreciate the heads up.

Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who made the Bonfire Shirt Campaign a huge success. Between the original, the relaunch, and the second campaign we sold 465 shirts with a donation of $4531 to the CWCCA.

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