Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is still the most common inherited joint problem in large breed dogs. PennHIP is a radiographic screening technique to evaluate the laxity, or looseness, in canine hips and determine their risk of developing degenerative joint disease (DJD).
While the examination itself is fairly quick, your dog will be anesthetized to allow for complete relaxation and better radiographic positioning. Three x-ray views of the hips will be taken:
As an outpatient diagnostic procedure, your pet will go home the same day.
Prior to the development of the PennHIP method, Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) evaluations were the norm. The OFA examination cannot be performed until a dog is at least 24 months old and any veterinarian may provide the service. The radiologist reading the images will estimate the laxity of the hips and then subjectively score them. Alternatively, the PennHIP exam must be done under anesthesia and can be performed on a dog as young as 16 weeks. It is qualitative (actually measures set parameters) in a joint that is manipulated in a controlled, reproducible manner. Only veterinarians that are certified in the technique are qualified to perform the exam. The PennHIP data is then compared to thousands of other studies to assess the degree of that individual's joint laxity to others of the same age and breed.
Only veterinarians certified in the PennHIP technique may perform the examination. VSS surgeon Dr. Diane Craig meets these requirements.
No referral is necessary for PennHIP. Please call VSS at 949.936.0055 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to schedule your dog’s appointment.