Radiograph of Normal HipsRadiograph of Normal HipsHip dysplasia (HD) is a common inherited orthopaedic problem of dogs and a wide number of other mammals. Abnormal development of the structures that make up the hip joint leads to subsequent joint deformity. ‘Dysplasia’ means abnormal growth.

Some common breeds at risk: Labrador Retriever German Shepherd Dog Golden Retriever Rottweiler Bernese Mountain Dog Newfoundland  (Ref BVA).


Getting your dog’s hips scored

Owners should contact our office and arrange an appointment for their dog to be radiographed (X-rayed). The radiographs must be taken under anaesthesia or heavy sedation which means that the dog will have to be left for a short time at the surgery.

Hip radiographs can be taken at the same time as those for the BVA/KC Elbow Dysplasia Scheme. When taking the dog for its radiographs owners should remember the following.

● The dog must be at least one year old, but there is no upper age limit.

● The dog must be permanently and uniquely identified by way of a microchip or tattoo.

● The dog’s KC registration certificate and any related transfer certificates must be available so that the appropriate details can be printed on the radiographs.

● Microchip/tattoo numbers will also be printed on the radiographs.

● The owner will be asked to sign the declaration (first part) of the certificate, to verify the details are correct and grant permission for the use of the results.

Once the radiographs have been taken, we submit both the radiographs and the certificate and the current fee to the British Veterinary Association. The results and the radiographs are normally returned to within three weeks with a certificate for the owner and a copy for the veterinary surgeon.

If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call.

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