OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Certification:
We are able to radiograph your dog’s hips for hip dysplasia at 24 months of age. We will forward these radiographs to a Board Certified Radiologist for OFA certification. Correct positioning of your dog is essential for proper radiographic evaluation, so a general anesthetic is required to make the procedure less stressful for him or her.
Our veterinarians are trained and certified in the Penn-Hip method of evaluating hip dysplasia in dogs, which can be performed at a much earlier age than OFA certification. Requiring a general anesthetic, it involves x-raying your dog’s hips in 3 different positions and measuring how loose the joints are. If you are a breeder, consider using this test to help you select good breeding candidates at a younger age. If your dog competes athletically, consider using this technique to evaluate the future soundness of your dogs or puppies.