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Hip Score radiographs for Dogs now available in all our clinics Monday to Friday

Hip and elbow scoring

If you are considering breeding your dog  in Ireland, you should consider getting him or her hips and  elbows scored. Hip and elbow scores help to determine the suitability of a dog for breeding. Our blog below explains the details of the scheme and how to book in for x-rays.

We are pleased to announce that our three clinics in Lucan, Firhouse and Maynooth are now offering the facility to take radiographs for hip and elbow scoring for submission to the BVA (British Veterinary Association).

 

1) HIP SCORING

 

Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is the most common heritable orthopaedic problem seen in dogs. It affects virtually all breeds of dogs, but is especially problematic in large and giant breeds. CHD develops into a degenerative condition (osteoarthritis) of the hip joints.

If you are intending to breed your dog (male or female) we would encourage you to have his/her hips scored and breed only if a good (low) score is achieved.

 

Currently the BVA/KC hip dysplasia scheme assesses the degree of dysplasia (abnormal development) in each hip joint.

X-rays are taken of the hips in any one of our clinics and sent away to a panel of assessors.

Each hip joint is scored between 0 – 53. The ‘hip score’ is the total of the values given for each joint – 0 being best, 106 being the worst.

Dogs to be used for breeding should have a score below the breed average.

To be scored a dog must be at least one year old; each dog is only scored once in its lifetime

Costs include a fee for sedation/anaesthesia and X-ray and then a fee to the BVA/KC for scoring the X-rays.

Checklist for getting your dog’s Hip Scores through one of our clinics

  • Your dog is at least 1 year of age
  • Your dog has a microchip identification or a tattoo.
  • You have a kennel club registration certificate in your name which you must bring on the day of the x-ray study.
  • You must complete and sign a certificate (provided by the clinic) on the day of x-ray.
  • You must provide a sterling bank draft for the BVA fee – find out the correct amount here –  made out to the BVA (British Veterinary Association) on the day of x-ray. This is the fee currently charged by the BVA for hip scoring.
  • We charge a separate fee for taking the radiographs and handling your application. For current pricing please contact the clinic.

 

 

2) ELBOW SCORING

Elbow dysplasia is a common and often debilitating joint disease affecting many larger breed (usually pedigree) dogs. Affected dogs have a genetic tendency to develop the disease but the severity of the disease can be influenced by other factors. The Kennel Club (KC) introduced the elbow dysplasia scoring scheme to identify affected dogs at an early stage so that they could be prevented from breeding and passing the condition to their puppies. The scheme has been widely adopted by several breed societies.

The most common breeds at risk are:

Bernese Mountain Dog, German Shepherd Dog, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Newfoundland, Rottweiler.

Dysplasia means abnormal development, and the degree of elbow dysplasia present is indicated by a grade assigned to each elbow on a scale of 0 to 3 (0 being the best and 3 being the most severe). Only the highest grade of the two elbows is taken as the elbow grade for that dog.

The minimum age for elbow grading is one year, and each dog is only ever graded once under the scheme. Advice to breeders is to use only those dogs with grades of 0, wherever possible.

Costs include a fee for sedation/anaesthesia and X-ray and then a fee to the BVA/KC for scoring the X-rays.

Check list for getting your dog’s elbow scores done through one of our clinics..

Checklist for getting your dog’s Hip Scores done.

  • Your dog is at least 1 year of age
  • Your dog has a microchip identification or a tattoo.
  • You have a kennel club registration certificate in your name which you must bring on the day of the x-ray study.
  • You must complete and sign a certificate (provided by the clinic) on the day of x-ray.
  • You must provide a sterling bank draft for the BVA fee – check the correct amount here made out to the BVA (British Veterinary Association) on the day of x-ray. This is the fee currently charged by the BVA for elbow scoring.
  • We charge a separate fee for taking the radiographs and handling your application. For current pricing please contact the clinic.

NOTE  – Both hip AND elbow x-rays can be taken on the same day. In this case the fee payable to the BVA can be found here (sterling bank draft) .

 

If you wish to book your dog in for hip and/or elbow scoring please phone one of our clinics for an appointment. We offer x-ray facilities Monday-Friday and will ask you to have your dog fasting and presented to the clinic at 10am. All dogs are sedated for the procedure and occasionally a very short anaesthetic is required. Usually they will be ready for collection by 1pm that day. The scores and certificate will generally be returned by the BVA within 3 weeks.

Our clinic details are  Hermitage Vet Clinic, Lucan, Co. Dublin 01-6010060

Firhouse Vet Clinic, Firhouse, Dublin 24 01-4140830

Carton Vet Clinic, Maynooth, Co. Kildare 01-6291949

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