Suttons Bay Animal Hospital is happy to offer Digital Imaging Technology. This allows us to have the capability of viewing high resolution images to enable us to detect the slightest differences that cannot be seen with traditional radiography. The images are stored like any computer file and can be viewed on a computer screen or tablet, sent electronically, or printed out for the client or to referring veterinarians. Computer software allows manipulation of the digital images to enhance viewing and diagnostic capabilities.
Veterinarians must complete specialized training and quality control exercises before becoming certified to perform the PennHIP procedure. The AIS PennHIP method has strong scientific foundation as the most effective hip screening tool available for dogs. PennHIP testing is accurate in puppies as young as 16 weeks of age. It gives an estimate of the risk for painful osteoarthritis (OA) of canine hip dysplasia (CHD) later in life. With this information, preventive and palliative strategies can be recommended by the PennHIP-trained veterinarian for the well-being of your dog.
All dogs can benefit from PennHIP testing. For pet dogs found to be at risk, early intervention can help prevent or lessen the severity of CHD. For working/service dogs, identifying a dog with healthy hips can extend the working life of the dog. For breeding dogs, early detection of at-risk hips can allow the breeder to make early, informed decisions as to which dogs to keep in breeding programs. A complete PennHIP evaluation includes an office consultation and physical exam, sedation/anesthesia and submission of PennHIP radiographs for evaluation.
*Dr. Carol Hershey is a certified PennHIP practitioner*