Be Hip - Be PennHip'ed!


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Did you know that we are a PennHIP Authorised Veterinary practice? What is PennHIP? Glad you asked!

In the most simple of terms, a series of radiographs are taken of your dogs hips using a special piece of equipment that helps to show up the hip joints. These radiographs are then sent to America to be evaluated to determine the risk of hip health issues later in life or the risk of those problems being passed on future generations.  

PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic screening method for hip evaluation. The technique assesses the quality of the canine hip and quantitatively measures canine hip joint laxity. The PennHIP method of evaluation is more accurate than the current standard in its ability to predict the the risk for painful osteoarthritis (OA) of canine hip dysplasia (CHD) later in life. With this information, preventive and palliative strategies can be recommended by the PennHIP-trained veterinarian.

Radiographs are made by certifiedPennHIP members worldwide (that's our Vets!) and are sent to the PennHIP Analysis Center in America for evaluation.

All dogs can benefit from PennHIP testing and testing can be done from as young as 16 weeks of age. For pet dogs found to be at risk, early intervention can help prevent or lessen the severity of CHD. For working/service dogs, identifying a dog with healthy hips can extend the working life of the dog. For breeding dogs, early detection of at-risk hips can allow the breeder to make early, informed decisions as to which dogs to keep in breeding programs. Some breed associations even insist on the PennHIP screening over more traditional hip scoring methods. 


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