|Certain dog breeds, such as German Shepherds, are prone to hip dysplasia.
Bradford Hills Veterinary Hospital offers both PennHIP and Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) evaluations for canines.
What Is a PennHIP Evaluation?
PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic screening method for evaluating and assessing the quality of a canine's hips as well as whether a dog is susceptible to hip dysplasia. This method of evaluation is also able to accurately predict the onset of canine osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), is the hallmark of hip dysplasia.
PennHIP requires a dog to be anesthetized. Three radiographs are then taken to measure hip joint laxity (looseness) present in your dog's hips. A score between 0-1 is assigned, with 0 being very tight hips and 1 being very loose. The score is based on a measurement of the hip's distraction index (DI).
Dr. Melissa George, our Chief of Staff, is certified in PennHIP evaluations for the screening of canine hip dysplasia.
What Is an OFA Evaluation?
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) hip joint scoring system is a test used to determine a dog's susceptibility to hip dysplasia. This test requires three independent radiologists to rate an x-ray of the dog's hips according to a seven-point scoring system: Excellent, Good, Fair, Borderline, Mild, Moderate, Severe. Unlike PennHIP, the OFA test does not require the dog to be anesthetized.
About Canine Hip Dysplasia
Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is a common problem in large breed dogs, such as the Akita, German Shepherd, Labrador and Golden Retrievers, and the Rottweiler. Evaluations are essential 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, these evaluations can help guide us to determine if corrective measures may be taken to prevent your dog from developing hip dysplasia.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Please call us at 724-935-5827 if you have any questions about PennHIP or OFA evaluations, or if you would like to schedule a consultation for your dog.