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Would you let any vet hip score your dog?

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Or would you want a vet who has done hip scoring before, to do it?

Someone has recently said to me any vet can hip score as they all know how to get the correct positioning, but I have heard otherwise, and that an experienced vet who has done hip scoring before ought to do it.

Would you let any vet hip score your dog or would you request one with experience does it? In the UK we have the BVA scheme and once submitted and a certificate done, apparently you can not resubmit an x ray to challenge, only immediately after it is sent to them...

What d'ya think guys, I trust you lot and value your opinions :)
 

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I have not had hips done before--however, I have read that with OFA there can be some variation depending on the reader, the vet, and whether or not the dog is out. So, personally I would want a vet that has done this many times before and would put my dog out so there isn't any movement and they can properly pull the hips (I don't know what it is for different tests, but I believe OFA recommends putting the dog out, but does not require it).
 

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I am not sure about other systems, but in the US, correct positioning is extremely important. I want someone who knows what they're doing to do my OFA x-rays.
 

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I will only let someone who is experienced in positioning do them. For many years I assisted my own vet in doing our OFA rads. It was a leap of faith to have my new vet do them without me helping. She was exceptionally conscientious about them and I was imporessed by both the positioning and the quality of the rads (no archives, shadows, etc). Both of the dogs that she did for me drew "Good" for hips and "Normal" for elbows. I am now confident that I can have them done here. Otherwise, I would go down to MSU.

Not every vet can take a good hip rad (and elbows are every bit if not more difficult) and there is no way that I would accept a practitioner's evaluation over that of an ortho specialist. My old vet was always right on the money as to what the final OFA grading would be, but always insisted on sending them in.
 

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Thanks very much :)

Its interesting to know what others think, especially as the organisation who deals with our hip scoring is different. Its not that I think younger vets shouldn't be given the chance to do it, I just think they need to be done properly first time around, seeing as the dog needs to be sedated and things..?

Any other opinions?

Thankies :)

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