PennHIP x-rays are a unique x-ray method designed to evaluate the integrity of the canine hip. It is used to facilitate breeding of dogs with better hips and thereby reducing the likelihood of developing hip dysplasia and degenerative joint disease. We have three certified veterinarians in our practice; Dr Peter Whiley, Dr Scott Martin and Dr Ed Dakin, who can perform the PennHIP x-rays.
It is accurate in puppies as young as 16 weeks of age, however most PennHIP assessments are performed on dogs over 6 months of age. The PennHIP method has been statistically shown, in published data, to have a greater predictive value than the existing scheme, and therefore a higher heritability. This means that improvement in breeding stock can be achieved faster.
Only certified PennHIP veterinarians can perform these x-rays and all the x-rays are submitted to the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program for specialised evaluation.
We have two certified veterinarians in our practice who can perform PennHIP x-rays on your dog.
The New Zealand Veterinary Association will, from 2014, promote the PennHIP scheme as the only national scheme for hip screening.