Gerald & Pam Harvey« Return to Listings
480 S Moore Rd
Hot Springs, AR, AR 71913
Our dogs all have their eyes certified clear by a board certified Veterinary Opthalmologist Annually. Most of our stud dogs and most of our breeding girls are DNA tested to detect if they carry the gene or could be affected with PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) as well.
We use all tests accepted as valid by the Veterinary associations and Veterinary community available to us as breeders to insure we are only breeding dogs that are free of the health problems found in our particular breed. However the Optigen test for PRA is the only DNA test available to us that at this time give us true genetic information to ascertain whether or not the dogs we are breeding actually have the gene to produce a particular health problem.
Therefore, we, like all other reputable breeders, are still at the mercy of the unseen genetic makeup of the dogs and therefore cannot guarantee against diseases over which we have no control. Having said that, we at Mountain Meadow Labradors only breed dogs that are free of any genetic disorders and make every attempt to improving the magnificent breed. Environment, food, weight, and exercise also have a significant role in the development of hip and elbow dysplasia, these are things that the breeder has no control.