Hip dysplasia screening can benefit all types of dogs.For pet dogs found to be at risk, early intervention can help prevent or lessen the severity of disease. For working/service dogs, identifying a dog with healthy hips can extend the working life of the dog. For breeding dogs, early detection of at-risk hips can allow the breeder to make early, informed decisions as to which dogs to keep in breeding programs.
We offer 2 types of hip screens, both require x-rays under sedation.
PennHIP testing is accurate in puppies as young as 16 weeks of age. It gives an estimate of the risk for painful osteoarthritis of canine hip dysplasia later in life. For more information on PennHIP testing please call our office or visit www.pennhip.org
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals offers screening tests for hips and elbow as well as several other genetic and congenital conditions. For hip and elbow dysplasia dogs much be 24 months or older to receive certifcation. For more information on OFA testing please call our office or visit www.offa.org