PennHIP

PennHip Certification

Tipp City Veterinary Hospital is the only hospital in the area with two PennHIP accredited veterinarians. PennHIP is a revolutionary technique for evaluating dog’s hips. PennHIP provides an objective score that correlates to the likelihood of the dog developing Hip Dysplasia. PennHIP can be performed as early as 16 weeks and is a valuable tool for breeders, owners and veterinarians to fight Hip Dysplasia. The PennHIP method is a novel way to assess, measure and interpret hip joint laxity. It consists of three separate radiographs: the distraction view, the compression view and the hip-extended view.
The distraction view and compression view are used to obtain accurate and precise measurements of joint laxity and congruity. The hip-extended view is used to obtain supplementary information regarding the existence of osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip joint. (The hip-extended view is the conventional radiographic view used to evaluate the integrity of the canine hip joint.) The PennHIP technique is more accurate than the current standard, and it has been shown to be a better predictor for the onset of OA.

Fast facts about Canine Hip Dysplasia:

  • Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is the most commonly inherited orthopedic disease in dogs.
  • CHD is a degenerative, developmental condition, leading to painful hip osteoarthritis, stiffness, and diminished quality of life.
  • All dog breeds are affected by the disease, in some breeds more than 50% of dogs are afflicted.
  • The disease is polygenic and multifactorial.
  • The development of CHD is affected by environmental factors such as weight and age.
  • There is no medical or surgical cure for CHD.
  • CHD is a major concern for working dogs, pet owners, breeders and veterinarians.