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VCA Leon Springs offers OFA certified X-Rays!

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, otherwise known as the OFA, is a non-profit organization which aims to both research and prevent hereditary and orthopedic diseases in animals. The central goal of the OFA is to aid breeders to reduce the incidence of certain diseases such as hip dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia is a disease which can affect a number of different dog breeds, although it is typically more common in larger breeds. Cat????????s can be prone to hip dysplasia as well, although the disease typically presents itself more often in dogs. Hip dysplasia occurs when one of the femurs does not correctly fit into the pelvic socket. It can also be the result of poorly developed muscle structure in the areas surrounding the pelvic region. The condition can be uncomfortable, and even painful for animals who develop it. Secondary issues with the back and other joints can develop as a result of the animal favoring a certain leg to avoid pain. Although hip dysplasia can develop as a result of an animal????????s environment, it is also largely considered to be hereditary.

For pet owners planning on breeding their dogs, x-rays can be taken to discover whether or not there is a risk for hip dysplasia. Here at VCA Leon Springs, we are happy to shoot and develop the x-rays for you and submit them to the OFA specialists for review. In order to qualify for review, dogs must be at least 2 years of age at the time the x-rays are taken in order to ensure that the skeletal structure has reached a proper age of development. Typically, these x-rays are taken while the patient is placed under general anesthesia, in order to help the doctors and technicians gather the appropriate views.

Based upon their review of the films, the OFA will send their assessment back with a grade. Results are either given a grade of:

  • Normal (Excellent, Good, Fair)
  • Borderline Dysplastic
  • Dysplastic (Mild, Moderate, Severe)

Dogs who receive a grade of Borderline Dysplastic or Dysplastic are not eligible to receive OFA certified breeding status.

If you are interested in having x-rays sent off for certification, please contact us today and meet with one of our veterinarians to find out more information!