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3000 Shiloh Rd, Tyler, TX 75703 | Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM | amctyler@gmail.com | (903) 617-6891

PennHIP

PennHIP

PennHIP
  • What is PennHIP?
    • PennHIP is a method of evaluating hip laxity in dogs. The process involves taking multiple x-rays of your dog’s hips while he or she is sedated or anesthetized. After the images are obtained, they are sent to a radiologist for interpretation. The radiologist is able to measure your dog’s hips and determine how loose they are. This allows us to compare your dog’s hips to other dogs of the same breed and determine how likely your dog is to develop hip dysplasia later on in life.
  • Why would I want to do this for my dog?
    • There are multiple reasons that you might want to evaluate your dog’s hips.
      • For puppies, we recommend screening at-risk breeds at 14 weeks of age. This allows us to determine how likely your puppy is to develop hip dysplasia as an adult. If your pet is determined to be at-risk, a juvenile pubic symphysiodesis, or JPS, can be performed prior to 16 weeks of age to tighten the hip joints and decrease the risk of developing osteoarthritis later on in life.
      • For breeders, PennHIP is a great way to determine if your dog is a good candidate to be bred because it allows you to compare your dog’s hips to other dogs of the same breed and determine whether your dog would improve or worsen the genetics of his or her breed. This also allows you to inform potential puppy parents of how likely your puppies are to develop hip dysplasia.
      • For others, this is a great way to determine if your dog is likely to develop hip dysplasia as he or she ages. This information allows us to make recommendations about lifestyle, diet, and other supplements, medications, or procedures that could help you pet live a longer, healthier life.

Good Hips

Good Hips

Bad Hips

Bad Hips

Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS)

  • What is a Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis?
    • This is a surgical procedure done on puppies between 12 and 16 weeks of age that decreases the risk of developing hip dysplasia as an adult. This procedure involves cauterizing the pubic symphysis, a growth plate in your dog’s pelvis.  When this is done, growth at the pubic symphysis stops whereas other pelvic growth plates continue growing. This alters the way the pelvis grows in such a way that the hip joints are tightened, decreasing the risk of hip dysplasia. Puppies recover well from this procedure and usually go home the same day.
  • Why would I want to do this for my dog?
    • Osteoarthritis can be a devastating disease process that leads to your pet being unable to even walk without pain. This procedure can greatly decrease the chances of your dog developing osteoarthritis later in life leading to a longer, healthier life.