OFA vs. PennHip - Comparison


  After reading this page, you can visit our other OFA pages, by using the links below

PennHip = Six X-rays
One X-ray

PennHip = Must be put under general anesthetic.
To be determined by your vet.

PennHip can be done as early as 4 months.
cannot be done till age two.
(preliminaries can be done before the age of two)

PennHip is a newer test, but does seem to be reliable.
has been around a lot longer and is more well known.

PennHip is evaluated by a computer program.
is evaluated by three board certified veterinary radiologist.

PennHip requires training for the vets to perform the x-rays.
can be done by most any vet.

PennHip and OFA do not use the same rating system.

PennHip is more expensive than OFA.

If one has their animals X-rayed for PennHip, even if they do not "appear"
good to the vet, they are required to be submitted for the database.

In OFA we get a more slanted view as if you think the X-ray is bad
or the dog is "bad", they do not have to be submitted.

*PennHip stands for The University Of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program
stands for The Orthopedic Foundation For Animals.


Visit the OFA website

Visit the PennHip website



Special thanks to Andrea for teaching me the importance of testing, also Marge, HAW and Ghostwuppy.

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