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PennHIP & OFA Evaluations 

Ensure your dog's hips are healthy

South Mountain Pet Care offers both PennHIP and Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) evaluations for canines.

What Is a PennHIP Evaluation?

PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic screening method for evaluating and assessing the quality of a canine's hips as well as whether a dog is susceptible to hip dysplasia. This method of evaluation is also able to accurately predict the onset of canine osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), is the hallmark of hip dysplasia.

PennHIP requires a dog to be anesthetized. Three radiographs are then taken to measure hip joint laxity (looseness) present in your dog's hips. A score between 0-1 is assigned, with 0 being very tight hips and 1 being very loose. The score is based on a measurement of the hip's distraction index (DI).

We have veterinarians on staff that are certified in PennHIP evaluations for the screening of canine hip dysplasia.

About Canine Hip Dysplasia

Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is a common problem in large breed dogs, such as the Akita, German Shepherd, Labrador and Golden Retrievers, and the Rottweiler. Evaluations are essential for breeding animals and service dogs to help reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia, to assure hip joint soundness, and to help diagnose the potential for hip dysplasia.

Performed at an early age, these evaluations can help guide us to determine if corrective measures may be taken to prevent your dog from developing hip dysplasia.

OFA Testing

Please visit for a list of recommended tests for your breed. Paperwork should be filled out completely, on their website, and brought with you to your appointment. Some OFA testing requires sedation. Please call with any questions.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Please call us at (801) 987-3639 if you have any questions about PennHIP evaluations or OFA testing, or if you would like to schedule a consultation for your dog.

PennHIP Evaluations 

South Mountain Pet Care