Bradford Hills Veterinary Hospital is pleased to provide PennHIP evaluations for canines in Wexford, PA and the surrounding communities.

What Is a PennHIP Evaluation?

PennHIP is a radiographic procedure to measure the hip joint laxity (looseness) present in your dog's hips. It is more accurate than any other method in predicting the onset of osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), is the hallmark of hip dysplasia.

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  Certain dog breeds, such as German Shepherds, are prone to hip dysplasia.

Canine hip dysplaisa (CHD) is a common problem in large breed dogs, such as the Akita, German Shepherd, Labrador and Golden Retrievers, and the Rottweiler. The PennHIP evaluation is indicated for breeding animals and service dogs to help reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia, to assure hip joint soundness, and to help diagnose the potential for hip dysplasia.

Performed at an early age, this evaluation can help guide us to determine if corrective measures may be taken to prevent your dog from developing hip dysplasia. Please ask one of our team members if a PennHIP evaluation is right for you and your pet.

Dr. Melissa George, our Chief of Staff, is certified in PennHIP evaluations for the screening of canine hip dysplasia. Please call us at (724) 935-5827 if you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation for your dog.

More About PennHIP

PennHIP is more than just a radiographic technique. It is also a network of veterinarians trained to perform PennHIP evaluations properly and it also includes a large scientific database that houses the evaluation data.

Radiographs are made by certified PennHIP members worldwide and are sent to the PennHIP Analysis Center for evaluation. The resulting data is stored in the database, which is continually monitored as it expands. As more information becomes available, the PennHIP laboratory is able to obtain more precise answers to questions about the etiology, prediction and genetic basis of hip dysplasia.

PennHIP publishes its findings in scientific journals. Published information is disseminated to all PennHIP members; it is also shared with interested breed clubs and routinely appears in publications within the dog fancy.