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Posted on 10-25-2016

Dr. Simeon Taft, VMD (http://agahvet.com/about-us/meet-our-team/dr.-simeon-j.-w.-taft.html), is certified to screen your dog's hips for early signs of hip dysplasia as well as degenerative joint disease (DJD) using the PennHIP program. 
What is PennHip?  PennHIP is the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program. It requires a series of very specific radiographs (X-rays) to be taken and submitted for evaluation. The radiographs are carefully evaluated by a select group of radiologists, and a score is given to determine your dog's probability of developing hip dysplasia and DJD.
What is the benefit of PennHIP and how will it help my dog? This evaluation provides important information for dog owners and breeders alike! It is, to date, the most accurate means to predict, at a young age, the probability of that dog to develop hip dysplasia. This affects breeding decisions in many dog breeds, but also affects the canine pet. Adjustment of environmental factors, such as diet and exercise, can mitigate the progression and signs of hip dysplasia. And, with the right information on probability, we can counsel you on these factors.
Is my dog eligible for screening?  In order to be eligible, your dog must be 16 weeks or older. 
How is it done? To obtain the best quality radiographic images, it's important that the dog be completely relaxed.  To this end, they receive short-acting sedation. But don't worry, they are recovered quickly and able to go home shortly thereafter. While sedated, they are positioned several different ways to obtain the required radiographs.
How do we get results and what do they mean? We will call you with results, and Dr. Taft will discuss findings, what it means, and options.
Where do I sign up? Give us a call at (540) 659-8140 to speak with Dr. Taft to set up your appointment or answer questions. 
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