Hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint affecting many breeds. The condition can be inherited and/or environmental and the diagnosis is made by x-ray which is examined under the BVA (British Veterinary Association) scheme. A score is given to each hip ranging from 0-53 the scores are added together to give the total 0 being the best and 53 the worst. If you are looking for a puppy do check that both parents have been hip scored. Our breed average is a score of 17.

For further information on hip dysplasia and hip scores please see these links

http://iwshealthfoundation.org/library/maladies.html
http://www.vetclinic.ie/hip-score-scoring-dogs-ireland.html

 

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