Certain breeds of dogs are susceptible to hereditary hip and elbow dysplasia. These conditions lead to painful arthritis of the affected joints and therefore various scoring schemes have been developed to give breeders information on which animals are suitable to breed from. The most common hip and elbow scoring schemes are the British BVA scoring scheme and the American OFA scoring scheme.

Tom has been performing hip and elbow scoring for over 10 years. As well as performing the standard hip examinations for BVA/OFA, he is also accredited to perform distraction radiography of the hip joints for the PennHIP scheme. PennHIP measures the looseness of the ball and socket joint. There is a direct relationship between hip joint looseness and development of hip arthritis, the looser the hip the more likely it is to develop arthritis. PennHIP can be performed in puppies as young as 16 weeks of age to give breeders an early indication of a puppies breeding potential for good hips.

The hip and elbow scoring is performed under heavy sedation whilst you wait. The procedure usually takes no more then 45 mins and you are able to take your dog home straight away. Tom will discuss how the radiographs are scored and give you an idea of what score you might expect for the hips and elbows on the day.

To make an appointment, for further information or to enquire about costs, please contact: tom@gvetorthopaedics.co.uk

Cutting edge screening - Early screening for hip and elbow dysplasia

Tom is looking to screen puppies for these debilitating orthopaedic diseases. Latest research has found that by screening puppies at 4-5 months of age, the early signs of these diseases can be picked up with xrays. If your puppy is showing signs of the disease on xray, simpler surgical procedures can be performed to minimise the impact of the disease on the dog as he/she grows. Tom has a huge interest in preventing suffering from orthopaedic disease by performing early intervention screening and surgery to reduce the impact of these diseases later in life. Once the disease is more advanced, it often requires more invasive surgical intervention when the disease is more advanced. If you are interested in early joint screening for your at risk breed puppy, please contact Tom on the above email.