Heart River Animal Hospital, PC
4415 Memorial Highway, Mandan, ND 58554

Phone: (701) 663-0123 | Fax: (701) 663-0100

Menu

PennHIP Certification

Image393493Hip dysplasia is diagnosed in many breeds, both large and small, dogs and cats. Penn HIP Certification has been shown to be the most reliable indicator of future hip osteoarthritis. In order to ensure only the best dogs are used for breeding, passing on their healthy hips, we offer Penn HIP Certification.

In order to certify your dog’s hips, we will need to anesthetize or sedate your pet for radiographs (x-rays). In addition to traditional hip-extended radiographs, we use a special device to hold your pet in position and retract the legs/hips in order to produce radiographs that will allow radiologists to measure the displacement of the femur in your pet’s hips (Compression and Distraction radiographs). These measurements (Distraction Index - or DI) provide a way to predict hip laxiety, dysplasia, and osteoarthritis. The lower the DI, the tighter the hips. For more information, ask your pet’s veterinarian, or visit www.pennhip.org.

wellnessplansbutton Our Team clinictourbutton Services aahabutton Emergencies servicesbutton Online Forms

footerlogo

Stay Connected

facebook_white google_white

Give Us A Call

(701) 663-0123

Veterinary Website by DOCTOR Multimedia