PennHip and OFA in Roanoke, Virginia

 

Big Lick Veterinary Services is proud to utilize PennHip and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) to better serve our clients and patients in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia. While PennHip is a program that only evaluates the hips, OFA offers many screening options including, but not limited to, hip evaluation, elbow evaluation, heart evaluation, eye evaluation, and more. Both PennHip and OFA focus on increasing the quality of life in domestic dogs.

PennHip

PennHip is a very specific diagnostic program designed to evaluate and predict the likelihood that a puppy (as young as 16 weeks) or a dog of any age will develop the painful condition referred to as canine hip dysplasia by measuring the hip joint laxity, or Distraction Index. Early detection of hip dysplasia can slow down the progression of osteoarthritis by identifying it before damage is done, and hopefully, minimize discomfort as the dog ages. PennHip requires certification before one can perform these specific radiographs. The PennHip program involves 3 radiographs of the hips: the extended ventral-dorsal view, the compression view, and the distraction view. Once these radiographs are submitted to PennHip, the images are then evaluated and the Distraction Index measured.

When the dog or puppy is dropped off for the PennHip procedure, he or she will be expected to spend at least a few hours with us. The PennHip procedure requires that the dog muscles around the hips be completely relaxed, and so requires the use of sedation or full anesthesia. Each and every pet participating in the PennHip procedure will receive an examination before sedation or anesthesia is given. Once the pet is sleepy enough, the radiographs can be taken. As previously mentioned, 3 views are acquired: the extended ventral-dorsal view, the compression view, and the distraction view. The extended ventral-dorsal view allows or evaluation of the structures in the hips as well as evaluation of osteoarthritis and more. The compression view, where the femurs are compressed fully into their sockets, allows for evaluation of the depth of the hip socket. The distraction view is taken by utilizing a device provided by PennHip to laterally displace or move the ball of the hip out of the socket of the hip joint allowing for visualization of the laxity of the hip. The compression view and distraction view together allow for the measurement of the Distractrion Index, or the laxity of the joint. Research has indicated that the greater the laxity in the joint, the greater the chance the pet will develop the painful condition, osteoarthritis. Once the procedure is completed, we offer the owner the option to review the radiographs before we submit them for evaluation.

OFA

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, or OFA, offers many screening options and also offers recommendations for appropriate testing based on the breed or breeds of dog being evaluated. OFA was originally organized for the evaluation of hip dysplasia in dogs but has since grown into an organization to improve the health and well-being of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease While many tests do require a board-certified veterinarian (Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist for eye certification, Board Certified Veterinary Cardiologist for heart certification), we are able to perform many of the tests here at Big Lick Veterinary Services including hip, elbow, patella, shoulder OCD, thyroid evaluation, and more.

The radiographic evaluation of hips and elbows in dogs (and cats!) are the two OFA evaluations in which we most frequently participate. The OFA hip evaluation on requires one view of the hips, the extended ventral-dorsal view, and one view of each elbow (a flexed lateral view). The extended ventral-dorsal view allows for evaluation of the structures in the hips as well as evaluation of osteoarthritis and more and the flexed elbow views allow for evaluation of Ununited Anconeal Process, Fragmented Coronoid Process, OCD of the elbow, and arthritis. OFA utilizes 3 different veterinarians to evaluate hips and elbow radiographs when a dog (or cat) is 2 years of age or older (dogs and cats under 2 years of age are considered preliminary evaluation and are only assessed by 1 veterinarian). Another significant difference between OFA and PennHip is that sedation is not required for OFA hip and elbow evaluation. Once the procedure is completed, we offer the owner the option to review the radiographs before we submit them for evaluation.

PennHip and OFA at Big Lick Vet

Big Lick Veterinary Services is proud to utilize PennHip and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) to better serve our clients and patients. While PennHip is a program that only evaluates the hips, OFA offers many screening options including, but not limited to, hip evaluation, elbow evaluation, heart evaluation, eye evaluation, and more. Both PennHip and OFA focus on increasing the quality of life in domestic dogs.

PennHip

PennHip is a very specific diagnostic program designed to evaluate and predict the likelihood that a puppy (as young as 16 weeks) or a dog of any age will develop the painful condition referred to as canine hip dysplasia by measuring the hip joint laxity, or Distraction Index. Early detection of hip dysplasia can slow down the progression of osteoarthritis by identifying it before damage is done, and hopefully, minimize discomfort as the dog ages. PennHip requires certification before one can perform these specific radiographs. The PennHip program involves 3 radiographs of the hips: the extended ventral-dorsal view, the compression view, and the distraction view. Once these radiographs are submitted to PennHip, the images are then evaluated and the Distraction Index measured.

When the dog or puppy is dropped off for the PennHip procedure, he or she will be expected to spend at least a few hours with us. The PennHip procedure requires that the dog muscles around the hips be completely relaxed, and so requires the use of sedation or full anesthesia. Each and every pet participating in the PennHip procedure will receive an examination before sedation or anesthesia is given. Once the pet is sleepy enough, the radiographs can be taken. As previously mentioned, 3 views are acquired: the extended ventral-dorsal view, the compression view, and the distraction view. The extended ventral-dorsal view allows or evaluation of the structures in the hips as well as evaluation of osteoarthritis and more. The compression view, where the femurs are compressed fully into their sockets, allows for evaluation of the depth of the hip socket. The distraction view is taken by utilizing a device provided by PennHip to laterally displace or move the ball of the hip out of the socket of the hip joint allowing for visualization of the laxity of the hip. The compression view and distraction view together allow for the measurement of the Distractrion Index, or the laxity of the joint. Research has indicated that the greater the laxity in the joint, the greater the chance the pet will develop the painful condition, osteoarthritis. Once the procedure is completed, we offer the owner the option to review the radiographs before we submit them for evaluation.

OFA

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, or OFA, offers many screening options and also offers recommendations for appropriate testing based on the breed or breeds of dog being evaluated. OFA was originally organized for the evaluation of hip dysplasia in dogs but has since grown into an organization to improve the health and well-being of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease While many tests do require a board-certified veterinarian (Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist for eye certification, Board Certified Veterinary Cardiologist for heart certification), we are able to perform many of the tests here at Big Lick Veterinary Services including hip, elbow, patella, shoulder OCD, thyroid evaluation, and more.

The radiographic evaluation of hips and elbows in dogs (and cats!) are the two OFA evaluations in which we most frequently participate. The OFA hip evaluation on requires one view of the hips, the extended ventral-dorsal view, and one view of each elbow (a flexed lateral view). The extended ventral-dorsal view allows for evaluation of the structures in the hips as well as evaluation of osteoarthritis and more and the flexed elbow views allow for evaluation of Ununited Anconeal Process, Fragmented Coronoid Process, OCD of the elbow, and arthritis. OFA utilizes 3 different veterinarians to evaluate hips and elbow radiographs when a dog (or cat) is 2 years of age or older (dogs and cats under 2 years of age are considered preliminary evaluation and are only assessed by 1 veterinarian). Another significant difference between OFA and PennHip is that sedation is not required for OFA hip and elbow evaluation. Once the procedure is completed, we offer the owner the option to review the radiographs before we submit them for evaluation.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about OFA or PennHip or would like to schedule an appointment for OFA or PennHip, please give us a call at 540-776-0700. We look forward to meeting you and your pet.

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