Hip Dysplasia is a term which describes developmental and other abnormalities involving the hip joint.
Genetically it is complex, and it can also be caused by environmental factors; an injury, or if a puppy is exercised too much, too soon, and allowed to run up and down stairs and jump of beds and/or furniture etc.
To perform a hip X-ray a Vet usually anaesthetises the dog so that there is no movement during the procedure. Some Vets are now performing hip scoring using sedation rather than full anaesthetic.
In the UK, an X-ray is sent to the BVA where Specialists examine this and give each hip a number (score). The panel meet regularly, but
a score can take up to 8-12 weeks before notification is returned to the submitting Vet.
Please note the following:
The minimum best score per hip is zero, the maximum is 53, and this gives a total range of 0-106. The SCWT
breed mean score is 13.
BVA - full and up to date information and documents available on the BVA website.
This document compares the method of hip scoring in different countries: BVA (UK/Australia), OFA (USA and Canada), FCI (European) and SV (Germany). Click
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