BVA hip testing scheme for hip dysplasia This uses a single x-ray, which looks for signs of arthritis in the hip joint and conformation of the joint (arthritis occurs as a result of hip laxity). However the onset of arthritis can vary over time in affected dogs, for example if a dog is x-rayed at 12 months of age and the x-rays show no evidence of arthritis, there is still no clear indication of what may happen in the future, because hip laxity has not been assessed. PennHIP Testing This is a laxity measurement scheme run by the University of Pennsylvania, USA. It is the only satisfactory measurement scheme for hip laxity (looseness of the hip joint). Vets must complete specialised training and quality control exercises before becoming certified to perform the PennHIP procedure. PennHIP testing involves 3 x-rays of the hips in different positions to measure laxity. Please phone 01604 644171 to arrange an appointment with Jeremy Onyett, our PennHIP certified vet.
Abington Park Referrals contributes cases to the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association Canine Hip Registry, this allows collation of data from multiple centres to assess performance of hip replacements long term.