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PennHIP is currently the most comprehensive way to screen for hip dysplasia. PennHIP can be done as early as 4 months of age which helps with puppy selection, and also allows for an inexpensive corrective surgical corrective procedure if loose hips are found. Taking PennHIP radiographs requires a short anesthesia with results now available within 2-3 business days. See the website: http://info.antechimagingservices.com/pennhip/navigation/general/what-is-PennHIP.html for more information.
OFA radiographs for hip dysplasia can be taken as preliminary at any age under 24 months. At 24 months, OFA results are permanent and recorded on the AKC pedigree. OFA is a good screening tool for fully mature dogs over 24 months of age and can be taken with light sedation. See the website: http://www.offa.org/ for more information.