At The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt, we can see the future… sometimes!
We do our best to take a proactive role in arthritis prevention in at-risk dogs. But how do you know if your dog is at high risk?
Veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a standardized test which can actually predict your dog’s risk of hip dysplasia as early as 4 months of age. Hip dysplasia is not the only cause of arthritis in dogs, but it is a big contributor. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint. Depending on genetics, some dogs are born with hip joints that fit snugly, while other have more wiggle room. The more wiggle room in the joint, the more likely it is that degenerative joint disease will occur.
The vets at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt have completed specialized training to be able to take the right x-rays for the Penn-HIP test. If your canine friend is predisposed to hip dysplasia, there are some steps we can take to help lessen the risk of arthritis later in life.
We have several ways of addressing chronic pain in pets, but it can be difficult to completely relieve the symptoms of arthritis once they have started. Also, we always prefer to see happy, healthy pets! For these reasons, ask whether the Penn-Hip evaluation is right for your dog!
Tim Queeney, DVM