Millions of dogs each year are affected by Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) which can result in debilitating osteoarthritis of the hip. More than 50% of the most popular large breed dogs will show X-ray evidence of CHD. Many will suffer from osteoarthritis, pain, and lameness, costing owners and breeders millions of dollars in veterinary care, shortened work longevity, and reduced performance.
PennHip incorporates a new method for evaluating the integrity of the canine hip. It is accurate in puppies as young as 12 weeks of age. The breeds most prone to hip dysplasia are the larger breeds that weigh over thirty-five pounds as adults. This would include all the breeds in the Working and Herding groups, as well as the larger breeds in the Hound, Non-Sporting and Sporting.
The PennHip procedure is provided at a flat rate fee that includes anesthesia, all required X-rays, and submission fee to PennHip. Pre-op blood work is offered as an option for pet owners for an additional fee.
PENN HIP evaluation does require anesthesia. However, the patient will go home the same day as the procedure. In order to perform PENN HIP evaluation, the veterinarian must be certified in the technique. At North Mecklenburg Animal Hospital, we have two doctors, Dr. David James and Dr. Valerie Lydolph, certified in PennHIP.