PennHIP X-rays

PennHipp X-Ray | Veterinarian in Honolulu, HI

Nowadays, puppy owners are worried about genetic factors and the long-term health of their animals. One of the best internal procedures that can help determine your pet's future health is a PennHip X-ray. By taking this X-ray, you can learn about your puppy's hip joint development and the risk of developing arthritis or other hip dysplasia problems later in life. At Animal Clinic of Honolulu, we encourage our families to take these X-rays as early as possible in the puppy's life, so that any potential problems can be caught and treated early.

What Is a PennHip X-Ray?

A PennHip X-ray is an X-ray of the hip joint used to assess the development of the joint and the risk of future problems, such as arthritis or hip dysplasia. This X-ray is typically taken when a puppy is between four and six months old, so any potential issues can be caught and treated early.

How Does Our Veterinarian perform a PennHip X-Ray?

A PennHip X-ray is performed by sedating the puppy to be sleepy and relaxed. First, the veterinarian will position your puppy on its back on the X-ray table. Next, our veterinarian will arrange your puppy and gently stretch their leg out to the side, and the other leg will be in a flexed position. Finally, the veterinarian will take two X-rays of the hip joint from different angles.

What do the Results of a PennHip X-Ray Mean?

Our veterinary radiologist interprets the results of a PennHip X-ray. They will look at the shape of the hip joint and the position of the bones to determine if there is evidence of hip dysplasia or arthritis. They will also compare the results of your puppy's X-ray to a database of other dogs' X-rays to see how your puppy's hips compare.

If you are concerned about your pet, it's best to schedule this internal procedure as soon as possible.

Some signs your pets might need a PennHip X-ray include the following:

  • Family history of hip dysplasia or arthritis
  • Lameness in the hind legs
  • Stiffness in the hind legs
  • Difficulty rising from a sitting or lying position
  • Reluctance to play or exercise

If you notice any of these signs, contact our veterinarian in Honolulu, HI, to schedule an appointment. Early detection and treatment of hip dysplasia and other problems can help your pet live a long and healthy life.

Find the Best Diagnostic Care for Your Puppy in Honolulu, HI

At Animal Clinic of Honolulu, we understand how important your pets are to you. That's why we provide a wide range of diagnostic services to help keep your pet healthy. We offer everything from routine blood work and X-rays to more specialized tests, such as PennHip X-rays. Call us at (808) 734-0255 to schedule your appointment!


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