Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is the most commonly inherited orthopedic disease in dogs and can lead to hip arthritis, ultimately causing pain and stiffness, which can negatively affect quality of life. Large breed dogs are more severely affected compared to small breed dogs. Unfortunately there is no medical cure for CHD. The key factor in the development of CHD is hip laxity or "looseness". Dogs with looser hips are at higher risk of developing CHD compared to dogs with tighter hips. The PennHIP procedure has been proven to be the most accurate and precise method to measure hip laxity, and can identify dogs susceptible to developing CHD as early as 16 weeks of age. If you would like to know more, click here.
One of our very own doctors, Dr. Tate, is now performing complete PennHIP evaluations. These include a physical exam, general anesthesia, three PennHIP radiographs (X-rays), and the PennHIP fee. Please call our office for more information.