X-Rays (PennHIP, OVC and OFA)

Hip and Elbow Certification

x-ray image of a dogs hipsHip dysplasia is a deformity of the hip that occurs during growth. The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint. During growth both the “ball” (the head of the femur or thighbone) and the “socket” in the pelvis (acetabulum) must grow at equal rates.

In hip dysplasia this uniform growth does not occur. The result is laxity of the joint followed by degenerative joint disease (DJD) or osteoarthritis, which is the body’s attempt to stabilize the loose joint.

For dogs, xrays under general anesthetic is the preferred method for diagnosing hip dysplasia, which is considered a genetic or inherited disease. We do not recommend that any pet showing any signs of hip dysplasia be bred.

We offer OFA and OVC hip and elbow dysplasia certification for breeding purposes. Also, we are trained, equipped and certified to offer PennHIP certification for hip dysplasia in dogs.