PennHIP testing is a noninvasive radiographic (x-ray) procedure that allows your veterinarian to assess the health of your dog’s hips and predict the onset of hip disease (hip osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease or hip dysplasia). The results are used to design a long term medical care plan for your pet to delay onset and reduce severity of hip disease. PennHIP testing is used by breeding programs and service dog organizations to provide guidance for genetic selection of dogs with ideal hip health.
PennHIP screenings measure the laxity, or looseness, of the hip which is predictive of hip disease later in life. During PennHIP screenings, pets are sedated so their hips can be positioned properly and we can get accurate measurements. PennHIP testing can be conducted when a puppy is as young as four months old and is often paired with another anesthetic procedure such as spay, neuter or dental health treatment.
Radiographs are submitted to specialists at the PennHIP Analysis Center for evaluation of current hip health, congruity and hip laxity. Your dog’s data is entered into a database and comparative information is provided based on your dog’s breed. Your veterinarian will provide a health plan based on your dog’s osteoarthritis risk level.
PennHIP testing can only be performed by PennHIP-certified veterinarians, so we are proud to offer this diagnostic capability at our pet hospital!