Welcome to PennHIP
Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) afflicts millions of dogs each year and can result in debilitating osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip. It is estimated that more than 50% of the most popular large breed dogs will show x-ray evidence of CHD. Many will suffer from osteoarthritis, pain, and lameness, costing owners and breeders millions of dollars in veterinary care, shortened work longevity, and reduced performance.
PennHIP (University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program) is a not-for-profit program, wholly owned and operated, by the University of Pennsylvania. It consists of 3 integral components.
PennHIP's mission is to develop and apply evidence based technology to direct appropriate breeding strategies aimed at reducing in frequency and severity the osteoarthritis of canine hip dysplasia. The beneficiaries of this effort will be the many dogs who suffer with this controllable genetic disease and, of course, the dogs' owners.
PennHIP incorporates a new method for evaluating the integrity of the canine hip. It is accurate in puppies as young as 16 weeks of age. It has great potential to lower the frequency of CHD when used as a selection criterion.
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The purpose of this document
is to provide information about the PennHIP method. Every effort has been
made to ensure that its contents are accurate and current. You should
not use the contents of this document for the diagnosis or treatment of
hip dysplasia or any other medical problem. This technology is only valid
when practiced by a certified PennHIP veterinarian. Always consult your
veterinarian if you believe your pet has a medical problem