Ourimbah Veterinary Hospital is certified to perform PennHIP radiographs. Dr Scott Tweedie has undertaken the training requirements necessary for this procedure, and we recommend PennHIP as the preferred technique for investigation and screening for hip dysplasia.
Hip dysplasia is a common inherited disease, that causes hip arthritis, leading to pain, lameness and reduced quality of life. The main purpose of hip screening radiographs is to determine if animals will be suitable to breed with, however they can also be used for diagnosis in clinical conditions.
Traditional hip screening radiographs have utilised a standard extended hip view. This gives an overall score to decide if hip dysplasia is present and if the animal can be bred with.
A newer, more objective measurement has been develop call PennHIP which measures the degree of laxity or movement in the hip joint. Studies have shown that dogs with tighter hips (minimal laxity) are at lower risk to develop hip dysplasia compared to dogs with looser hips (increased laxity).
PennHIP has been shown to be the most accurate hip screening method.
PennHIP radiographs can be taken as early as 16 weeks of age to allow early detection of disease and determine if an animal will be suitable for breeding purposes.