Digital radiography allows for quick production of radiographs (x-rays). The quality of the radiograph has superior detail allowing for more accurate analysis.
For our challenging radiology cases we have the ability to immediately send out radiographs for analysis by a board certified radiologist. The results are returned to us within 24 hours.
We are Penn Hip licensed
Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is the most common, heritable orthopaedic problem seen in dogs. It affects virtually all breeds of dogs but is especially problematic in large and giant breeds.
Clinically, the disease manifests itself in one of two ways:
1. A severe form that typically afflicts the younger animal and is usually characterised by marked pain and lameness.
2. A more chronic form with more gradual onset of clinical signs such as mild intermittent pain, stiffness and a restricted range of motion in the hips as the dog ages.
It is well recognised that the current diagnostic methods of hip evaluation are associated with disappointing progress in reducing the frequency of CHD.
In 1983 Dr. Gail Smith from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, developed the PennHIP method of hip joint assessment.
PennHIP allows us to accurately predict which dogs will develop hip dysplasia and so develop hip arthritis, as well as provide a very accurate assessment of which dogs should be used to breed with in order to eliminate hip dysplasia.
PennHIP assessments can be carried out from 16 weeks of age.