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If you are truly concerned, I'd go to a specialist for everything so you can send them to ofa, too. They will get the positioning right where as a regular vet may not. For ofa hips, the dog definitely needs to be sedated. Certaintly sedation will always have a risk just like any drug, so be sure to do a blood panel to make sure he can handle it.
Beamer's hips were xrayed when he got neutered, so he was asleep for that. The positioning was not great on them, especially since he was waking up and because my vet is just a general vet. I never did submit them to ofa. I will get new xrays if I ever suspect a problem.
To answer the question you just posted I highly doubt you will get the ofa quality without sedation. Just with the positioning alone it is hard to get them to sit still especially for a nervous dog. Even with a calm dog at the vet like Beamer boy (since he goes with me weekly) I think we would still have a little trouble.
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