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That depends entirely on your budget, I think I paid somewhere in the region of £600 including fuel to go to a vet who specialises in taking plates to submit to the BVA. Some are cheaper, some are more expensive.
 

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The wife had a quote from chase view this morning and that was £600.00 so its only half a kidney, all joking aside looking on chase view website they seem pretty switched on and they have a very experienced vet that does the bva x-rays, they also do a lot of other specialized work as well, they are looking hot favorites at the moment.
 

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The wife had a quote from chase view this morning and that was £600.00 so its only half a kidney, all joking aside looking on chase view website they seem pretty switched on and they have a very experienced vet that does the bva x-rays, they also do a lot of other specialized work as well, they are looking hot favorites at the moment.
Sounds like a winner then, top of the price range but having good plates taken does at least remove any doubt about correct positioning. Many years ago I had a bitch done with a local vet, and the plates were so poor the BVA initially rejected them, but I was never sure the second set submitted were anything near correct for positioning. She came back with 3/3 hips but a 2/1 elbow grade, and, although she never showed any signs of any problems with her elbows, I made the decision not to breed on from her. Good luck with having your girl done.
 

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Remember, and expert radiographer cannot make hips and elbows better than they really are, but a poor radiographer can most certainly make them worse! I've seen some terrible plates in my time.
 

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Wowsers, we pay around €250 for the plates done by specialist vets and a further €55 for the reading/scoring.
 

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Wowsers, we pay around €250 for the plates done by specialist vets and a further €55 for the reading/scoring.
I think vet fees in general in the UK are higher, it can cost anywhere up to £600 or there abouts, for a good radiographer to take plates for submission, and part of that, the BVA fee is nearly £130, ABS members get a discount but then the ABS scheme is a shambles and not worth joining in my opinion.
 

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That’s just awful. It’d almost pay to take a day trip to France…oh no, bloody Brexit put pay to that. The gift that keeps on giving.
 

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I dont like saying this because I've always been a big supporter of both the BVA and the KC. In the past I've been co-organiser of a number of shows raising thousands of pounds for BVA research, and am co-organiser of BVA eye testing. But I'm afraid both have lost their way big time. The BVA leaders are sitting in their ivory tower, somehow believing that health testing is for the benefit of their research and they are somehow doing us a favour allowing us access to it. As to the KC, over the years I've known many of to top people including several chairmen, including the last but one who brings his dogs to me for eye testing. But it now seems to be run for the benefit of it's self and too many bad decisions taken. So much infighting it is slowly being destroyed from the inside.

I do wonder what the future holds. None of it now affects me personally, I'm at the end of my days in dogs. I was offered a lovely 7 week old yellow bitch out of an open FT winner only last week, but had to say no. Chloe is my last ever. So the machinations of both the KC and BVA are no longer my problem. It's up to you younger ones to sort now, because believe me, we need both the BVA health schemes and the KC if we are to keep the puppy farmers at bay.
 

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I’m sad about the pup, could you not come to an arrangement with the breeder if anything happened to you? You shouldn’t waste your knowledge and talent, unless your health is no longer up to it.

I say all this but I think my latest pup will be my last. I’m only 58 but if anything happens to my old man I won’t be able to afford any dogs. He’s a lot older than me and the bread winner.
 

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I’m sad about the pup, could you not come to an arrangement with the breeder if anything happened to you? You shouldn’t waste your knowledge and talent, unless your health is no longer up to it.
If the pup lives to 13 years old I'll be 92. So there is no way it would be practical. Sadly old age comes to all of us sooner or later. I've had a good innings, had dogs for over 60 years, and they have all been wonderful. Now my hips are giving out. I've told our gamekeeper that I cant do a full day picking up this season, I'll help out where I can, but thats the best I can do. I've a couple of pups coming for the occasional day's training once the lambing has finished, so I'm keeping my hand in, though scaling back.
 

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We have booked our appointment at chase view, so I hope she passes ok, because she bounces around like Zebedee off the magic roundabout never known one of ours be so athletic
 

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We have booked our appointment at chase view, so I hope she passes ok, because she bounces around like Zebedee off the magic roundabout never known one of ours be so athletic
There's never any guarantees, but bouncing about doesn't preclude good results. My old girl who sadly passed away earlier this year, was a complete nut case, used to treat the front room like her own personal wall of death and leap from various items of furniture to the next and so on, and she had 0/0 hips and elbows.

Good luck, hope the results are good for you
 

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On Monday we took Lirah to have her hip and elbows X- ray in Ross and Wye the vet said we should be looking at a low score, but keeping everything crossed just in case, had an e-mail off the BVA saying that there is two weeks waiting for the results.
 
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