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PennHIP: Method for Early Screening for Canine Hip Dysplasia and detection of hip arthritis.

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.


Clinically, the disease manifests itself in one of two ways:

  1. A severe form that typically afflicts the younger animal and is usually characterised by marked pain and lameness.
  2. A more chronic form with more gradual onset of clinical signs such as mild intermittent pain, stiffness and a restricted range of motion in the hips as the dog ages.

It is well recognised that the current diagnostic methods of hip evaluation are associated with disappointing progress in reducing the frequency of CHD.

PennHIP allows us to accurately predict which dogs will develop hip dysplasia and then develop hip arthritis, as well as provide a very accurate assessment of which dogs should be used to breed with in order to eliminate hip dysplasia.

PennHIP assessments can be carried out from 16 weeks of age.

The PennHIP method has great advantages over the standard Australian CHD diagnostic method that evaluates dogs at one year or older.

The following videos explain the benefits of early detection of CHD using PennHip scoring.