OFA and PennHip – What You Need To Know

August 21, 2018

 

OFA – Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
OFA is an organization designed to improve the health of purebred dogs by allowing for classification of disease. The most common OFA test is OFA Hip certification, but they also allows for certification of elbows, shoulders, heart, eyes, knees, and more.

For official OFA Hip and Elbow certifications, pets must be 2 years of age or older. Some other OFA certifications require a pet be 12 months of age or older, such as cardiac or eyes. All pets wanting certifications must have a permanent form of identification. This can either be a microchip or legible tattoo.

OFA requires a filled out paper form for submission. Owners should print out the appropriate form from OFA’s website and fill it out BEFORE they come in with their pet. It will ask for information we will not have access to such as registration numbers.

We recommend paying the OFA fee with a credit or debit card, which is included on the OFA form for submission. When paying with a card, OFA turn around time is 2-6 weeks. You may pay with a check, however turn around time will be extended, as OFA will have to wait until they receive the check in the mail. OFA will send a report of the radiographs to the owner via USPS.

If you’re interested in OFA certifications for your pet, we ask you call our office and speak with a technician. They will give you our fees depending on your needs, as well as schedule an appointment. Our fees for OFA are all inclusive, however they do not include the OFA fee; this fee must be paid separately.

PennHip
Is an organization designed to allow for a more quantitative assessment of hips. PennHip will also allow certification of hips as young as 16 weeks of age, where OFA requires pets be 2 years of age for official certification.

PennHip radiographs MUST be scheduled as a drop off for sedation with Dr. Amos on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Pets should be fasted the night before and the morning of, just as we recommend with any other surgical procedure. Sedation/anesthesia is required for PennHip certification. This is per PennHip, we do not have any say in this matter.

All pets wanting PennHip certification MUST have a permanent form of identification. This can either be a microchip or legible tattoo. The PennHip submission fee is included in the total price of PennHip certification. PennHip does not have a submission form for owners to fill out at home.

PennHip requires a doctor or technician take a course and become certified in order to do PennHip radiographs and Dr. Amos is certified to do so. Once we submit the appropriate radiographs and digital submission form to PennHip, the results will typically arrive within 2 business days. PennHip will e-mail the results to us and we will then forward those results to the owner.

If you’re interested in PennHip certifications for your pet, we ask you call our office and speak with a technician. They will give you our fees depending on your needs, as well as schedule an appointment. Our fees for PennHip are all inclusive.

If you’re interested in OFA certifications for your pet, we ask you call our office and speak with a technician. They will give you our fees depending on your needs, as well as schedule an appointment. Our fees for OFA are all inclusive, however they do not include the OFA fee; this fee must be paid separately.

In conclusion, both of these certificates can help determine how healthy your pet’s hips are and can help determine if they are a good candidate for breeding. Again, if you have any questions, concerns, would like to schedule and appointment, or get pricing information, please call our clinic at 540-776-0700.

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