Ask your certified PennHIP veterinarian to test your dog’s susceptibility to hip dysplasia.

Why should I be concerned about Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is the most commonly inherited orthopedic disease.  It is a malformation of the ball and socket joint of the hip and can lead to arthritis, stiffness, and diminished quality of life.  There is no medical or surgical cure for hip dysplasia and affects large breed dogs more severely than smaller breed dogs.

What is PennHIP Certification?

Research studies conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine pioneered a diagnostic method to assess hip laxity – the key factor in the development of canine hip dysplasia.  PennHIP screening is a precise method to measure hip laxity.  It can identify as early as 16 weeks of age – dogs that are susceptible to developing hip dysplasia.

Veterinarians must complete specialized training and quality-control exercises before becoming certified to perform the PennHIP procedure.  Your veterinarians at Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital have taken the extra steps to offer this procedure to you and your pet.

What is Involved in the PennHIP Procedure?

A veterinarian will complete an office consultation with you and your pet to determine whether the procedure is right for your pet.  If your pet is a good candidate you will be scheduled for the procedure on a separate date.  Your pet will be admitted to the hospital and will receive general anesthesia and sedation before the radiographs are performed.  Three separate radiographs will be taken and submitted to ANTECH Imaging Services for evaluation.

Who Should Consider PennHIP Certification?

Any large breed dog owner should consider PennHIP certification to be more knowledgeable in caring for their pet.  Breeders should consider using the PennHIP certification as a tool for informed selection when breeding their pets.  Service and working dog organizations should consider asking for PennHIP certification before they invest time and energy that it takes to prepare dogs for service.


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