Penn Hip

Certified Hip dysplasia is a very common disease, sometimes seen in specific breeds. 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 quickly 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 pets’ hips (Compression and Distraction radiographs). These measurements (Distraction Index – or DI) provide a way to predict hip laxity, dysplasia, and osteoarthritis. The lower the DI, the tighter the hips. For more information, ask your pets’ veterinarian, or visit


OFA X-rays

Here at Quartz Mtn. Animal Hospital, we are proud to offer OFA radiographs for our patients.

OFA radiographs are used to evaluate the hips of a dog. They are usually taken after a dog’s second birthday. They are mostly done for owners who are considering breeding their dog. If the hips pass, the puppies are often more valuable. Sometimes, if they don’t pass, owners may decide not to breed them.

Positioning is very important to ensure good OFA radiographs. The American Veterinary Medical Association has strict guidelines on how the films need to look so we work very hard to take the perfect films. Though it is not required, anesthesia is recommended so that we can achieve the best results possible.

It is very important that owners fill out the paperwork as thoroughly as possible. You need to know your pets’ registered name, tattoo or microchip, and even the information about the sire and dam. A signature is necessary.

If you have any questions about OFA radiographs or you would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact us today at (480) 860-1433.