PennHIP Evaluation and OFA Films

Canine Hip Dysplasia
The most common inherited joint condition affecting large dogs is Canine Hip Dysplasia (also called CHD).
Over the past 100 years, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and dedicated, professional breeders have worked hard to identify and reduce or remove this painful, degenerative condition from dog populations. Standard physical examinations and x-rays only identify 25% of CHD dogs.

Hip Dysplasia affects breeds such as:

Golden Retrievers
German Shepherds

Accurate Scientific Screening Using PennHIP for Canine Hip Dysplasia
Dr. Gail Smith, orthopedic surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, invented the PennHIP evaluation in 1983. Today, this method is now the premier diagnostic tool used to predict canine hip dysplasia, plus osteoarthritis. The test involves a series of x-rays used to measure laxity of the hip joints according to the distraction index (DI). With 0.3 indicating a nice, tight hip and with scores nearer to 0.7 in conjunction with looser hips exhibiting a greater risk. The test follows strict scientific protocol and has been peer-reviewed and well-researched. All measurements are based on precision calculations and objective observations. All veterinarians participating in the PennHIP program must be trained and certified to follow protocol and ensure data accuracy.

How is the PennHIP Evaluation Performed?
The patient is sedated for the exam, which consists of three carefully collected x-ray views designed to measure the looseness of the hip joint. PennHIP evaluations can be performed on patients at least 16 weeks old. Restrictions prohibit females who have recently whelped.  If you feel you need to test a breeding female, please contact us to determine when the optimal time for testing will be.

We are proud to be the only PennHip certified veterinary clinic in Charlotte County.