Do vets do hip scores?

The most reliable way of determining the health of a dog’s hips is by having your dog x-rayed and assessed by a specialist. Owners should make an appointment with their vet who can take the required x-ray of the dog’s hips. Your dog’s results can then be sent to the BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme for grading.

What dogs should be hip scored?

Lower is better. Dogs should only be bred from if their hip score is well below the breed average. So, for example, a score of 20 would be acceptable for a Clumber Spaniel, but unacceptable for a German Shepherd Dog….Introduction.

Breed Australian Shepherd
Average Hip Score 10
Breed Keeshond
Average Hip Score 12

What is a good German Shepherd hip score?

The average hip score in GSDs is 18; anything higher is considered poor and the dog shouldn’t be bred from. Each elbow is X-rayed and scored between zero and three; zero being excellent and three indicating the most severe problems. Only dogs with a zero score should be bred from.

How is hip scoring done?

It involves X-raying the dogs hips and submitting the films to the BVA (British Veterinary Association) hip scoring panel. Each hip is then scored on 9 different parameters and each parameter is given a score of 0 to 6, 0 being perfect and 6 awful. A total score is then given for each hip.

What is a good Labrador hip score?

Most Labrador breeders should be aiming to breed from stock with a hip score that is lower than average and balanced. This should result in gradual improvement in the breed over time. A good hip score for a Labrador is probably anything under 6, made up of even numbers on each side.

How do I get my dog’s hips certified?

To get the certification, a dog must be at least 2 years of age, and have x-rays performed under sedation or, ideally, general anesthesia. These x-rays are submitted to the OFA, where three veterinarians who are specialists in radiology read the x-rays independently. Normal hips are rated Fair, Good, or Excellent.

What should my Dog’s hip score be on the BVA?

If a dog has got excellent hips, destined for a low single figure score then the timing of this x-ray will make little difference. (I have x-rayed 4 and 5 year old dogs with 0:0 hip scores). However, if the hips are average or worse than average then the score may be a few points higher several months later.

What does it mean when a dog has normal hip scores?

Hip scores- What does it all mean? Hip dysplasia, characterised by instability of the hip joint, is a common and often debilitating orthopaedic condition affecting many of the larger breed dogs. It is generally considered that puppies are born with normal conformation of the hip joint i.e. a smoothly fitting ball-and-socket joint

What does PennHIP hip scoring method do for dogs?

PennHIP is a sophisticated hip scoring method which aims to safeguard the health and welfare of dogs, and dog breeds, through the identification of dogs with, or likely to develop, hip dysplasia.

Which is the most common hip and elbow scoring scheme?

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.

How are hip scores calculated for a dog?

The total hip scores are published and can be compared with the median score for the breed (the score of the average dog in that breed, with equal numbers of dogs scoring higher and lower).

How does a veterinary radiologist score a hip?

Scoring is done independently by 3 trained radiologists from a consulting pool of certifi ed veterinary radiologists. The score refl ects their pooled consensus which is reported back to the owner. Excellent, good and fair hip grades are considered to be within normal limits.

What does a hip score of 0 mean?

As a summary of the scoring system the lower the score the better. Hips scores of 0,0 (Total=0) being perfect and 53,53 (Total = maximum 106) devastatingly dreadful. For each breed there is an average score obtained, which is continually being updated, this is known as the breed mean score (BMS).

Where can I get a hip x-ray for my Dog?

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and The Kennel Club (KC) Hip Dysplasia Scheme assess dogs’ x-rays to look for abnormalities in hip joints. A panel of experts provide a graded score for each x-ray.