PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic canine hip screening program aimed at reducing the frequency and severity of osteoarthrosis associated with hip dysplasia. The technique assess the canine hip and quantitatively measures hip joint laxity. The PennHIP method has been scientifically determined to be more accurate than the current standard.

Lynks Group and Peak Veterinary Referral Center are certified to perform the PennHIP study. We obtain the radiographs and these are then sent to the PennHIP Analysis Center to evaluate hip joint laxity. The degree of hip joint laxity is compared to a breed-specific database maintained by PennHIP. For more information, please visit the PennHIP website.

• Because sedation/anesthesia is required, do not feed your pet the morning of the PennHIP study.
• Please bring with you to the appointment: AKC registration papers and ID chip information (if applicable).
1.)  How old must my pet be to have the PennHIP study performed?
The PennHIP method can be reliably performed on a dog as young as 16 weeks of age. Passive hip laxity at 16 weeks correlates highly with later hip laxity. In other words, a dog’s hip laxity at 16 weeks will be much the same at one year, two years or even three years.

2.)  Will my pet be sedated for the study?
Diagnostic quality PennHIP radiographs require that the musculature around the hip joint be completely relaxed. For the comfort and safety of your pet, we require heavy sedation or general anesthesia.