|JLS Dalmatians Hip Xrays
I wish I would have started long ago taking photos of the xray films of my dogs before they were sent off to OFA or PennHIP for my
records, but alas I did not. I have recently started keeping photos for my records and have decided to share them here with you. It is
interesting and if you are like me, you are always eager to learn more.
Please note the quality of the xray machine, age of the toner, etc... can all make a difference in your xray quality and thus your
rating. Digital xrays are great as you can retake as many times as needed and are not wasting actual film. Also you will get the images
sent to you for your records. And sumission to OFA and/or PennHip should be faster.
For OFA xrays, you will need to decide if you will have your dog sedated for the procedure or not. Some vets will only take Hip xrays when sedated. I am sure it is much easier for the vet to get the
hips level, femurs parallel, and knee caps in the center when your dog is not struggling. I personally do not have my dogs sedated, we
can usually get them settled and then I run out of the room. With PennHIP the dog has to be sedated, no choice.
Did not send in
female 4 years old
|In this xray the dog is not in good position. The hip joint obviously looks good, but the femurs should be parallel with the knee
caps in the center of the leg. Since this was for OFA, I opted to not send in and will take again later.
With OFA the breeder has a choice to send in or not. With PennHIP you do not have a choice. The xrays MUST be submitted whether you
like the xray or not. With PennHIP it is so important to go to a vet that is highly recommended by others. Why take a chance on not
getting a good rating because the xray is bad?
I want the xray to be an honest evaulation of the hips. If you are taking the time/money/dedication to evaluate
your breeding dogs then make sure it is a good one! I hope this page helps.