Data Submission Rules & Criteria
In order to maintain the accuracy and integrity of the health information in the IDASH Open Health Database we have established a set of rules and criteria for submission of health information. Criteria for health data submission were formulated with the assistance of a veterinarian. If, upon reading this document, you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.
Open Source Data – Health data offered on publically accessible kennel club or established health registry (Examp: OFA) websites.
Data Sources for Purchase – Health data offered in any format for purchase or subscription by kennel club or national breed club health registries.
Private submissions – any individual who is an owner of a dog may submit data so long as he/she can provide proof of ownership of that dog. Proof consists of a studbook registry-issued document (registration certificate or pedigree) naming the individual as an owner of the dog or, if the dog is unregistered but pedigreed, a dog license or rabies certificate naming the individual as the dog’s owner. Breeders may submit data on certain congenital hereditary traits for which proof of ownership will consist of any studbook issued document naming the individual as breeder of the litter which included the puppy with one or more of those traits.
Documentation of Hereditary Diseases and Traits
Wherever possible documents should include the dog’s full registered name (titles optional) and the owners name (first and last). Documents which do not give this information will be subject to review before listing. If veterinary or other documents are submitted with only the dog’s call name, the owner will be required to complete and return a signed and witnessed Dog Identity Verification form stating that the dog listed on the documents is the one for which registry documents have previously been submitted.
The traits and diseases accepted for listing were selected because they are common, disqualifying, or have significant health impact. This list may be augmented or criteria adjusted from time to time to adapt to new knowledge or diagnostic developments.
Every disease and trait which can be listed in the OHD requires specific documentation as follows:
Addison’s Disease – Veterinary Verification Form for Cushing’s/Addison’s and dog MUST have ATCH and dexamethasone test results consistent with Addison’s Disease
Allergies – IDASH Veterinary Verification Form for Allergies.
Autoimmune testicular atrophy – Veterinary Verification Form for Autoimmune Testicular Atrophy.
Autoimmune Thyroiditis – Blood panel indicating levels of autoantibodies for T3, T4, or thyroglobulin above reference range. (T4 AA >20, T3 AA >10, TGAA >35)
Bad Bites (breeder may submit) – Dog must be one year of age and Owner Verification Form for Bites.
Congenital deafness (may be submitted by breeders) – Good Quality photographs of the dog’s head clearly showing coloration on ears and one of the following: BAER test results, a certificate from a health registry that lists BAER test results, or, if no BAER test was performed, an IDASH Veterinary Verification Form for Congenital Deafness.
Cushing’s Disease – a Veterinary Verification Form for Cushing’s/Addison’s and the dog MUST have ATCH and dexamethasone test results consistent with Cushing’s Disease
Degenerative Myelopathy – DNA test result and (for clinically affected dogs only) a Veterinary Verification Form for Degenerative Myelopathy
Dermatomyositis – a Veterinary Verification Form for Dermatomyositis signed by board-certified veterinary dermatologist and a biopsy result indicating dermatomyositis.
Disqualifying Coat Colors (breeders may submit) – IDASH Owner Verification Form for Color and photographs taken in strong natural light of dog’s left and right sides in standing position. If the dog has excess white markings, those markings must clearly visible – take extra shots if necessary
DNA Test Results – laboratory-issued DNA test report
Epilepsy (Note: If a brain MRI has been performed the dog will be listed as having “presumptive epilepsy.” If no brain MRI has been performed, it will be listed as having “probable epilepsy.”) Veterinary Verification Form for Epilepsy
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) – Bloodwork and TLI test results indicating EPI required for listing, clear hereditary cobalamin malabsorbtion DNA test, and Veterinary Verification Form – EPI.
Eye Diseases/Defects (breeders may submit for puppies under 4 months of age) –
Any report by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist done in accordance with ACVO, ECVO or equivalent rules.
Generalized demodectic mange – Veterinary Verification Form for Demodex
Hemangiosarcoma – Tumor pathology report (preferred) and/or Veterinary Verification Form for Cancer. Optional: Cancer questionnaire (to aid research)
Hemophilia – DNA test for either Hemophilia A or Hemophilia B or a Veterinary Verification Form for Hemophilia
Hereditary Cobalamin Malabsorbtion – DNA test results.
Hernia (breeder may submit) – Dog must be at least three months of age and have an umbilical (belly button) hernia and Veterinary Verification Form or Owner Verification Form.
Hyperuricosuria (urate bladder stones) – DNA test results
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura – Veterinary Verification Form
Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia – Veterinary Verification Form
Inflammatory bowel disease – Veterinary Verification Form for IBD and a biopsy result indicating IBD
Laryngeal paralysis – Veterinary Verification Form
Lupus – Veterinary Verification Form for Lupus and, if discoid lupus, a biopsy result indicating lupus.
Lymphoma – Tumor pathology report (preferred) and/or Veterinary Verification Form for Cancer. Optional: Cancer questionnaire (to aid research)
Megaesophagus – Veterinary Verification Form for Megaesophagus.
Missing teeth – Dog must be one year of age and a certificate from a health registry that lists dental reports for missing teeth or an Owner Verification Form – Missing Teeth.
Myasthenia gravis – Veterinary Verification Form for Myasthenia Gravis signed by a board-certified veterinary neurologist
Neuronal ceroid lopofuscinosis – NCL DNA test indicating that the dog is or will become affected (two mutations) or one of the following: A pathology report finding NCL or a Veterinary Verification Form for NCL.
Orthopedic issues – a certificate issued by a registry for canine orthopedic disorders (strongly preferred) or IDASH Veterinary Verification Form
Patent Ductus Arteriosus or Persistent Right Aortic Arch – Veterinary Verification Form
Pelger-Huet Anomaly Screening – PHA test report issued by a veterinarian or veterinary laboratory.
Pemphigus – Veterinary Verification Form and biopsy results
Porto-systemic shunt – Veterinary Verification Form for Liver Shunt. If shunt has not been verified surgically, Hereditary Cobalamin Malabsorbtion DNA test
Retained Testicles (breeders may submit) – Dog must be one year of age and Owner Verification Form for Retained Testicles.
Renal dysplasia – biopsy report indicating renal dysplasia
Uveodermatologic syndrome – Veterinary Verification Form for Uveodermatologic Syndrome signed by a board certified veterinary dermatologist or ophthalmologist
Vitiligo – Veterinary Verification Form signed by a board-certified veterinary dermatologist
Von Willebrands Disease – DNA test result