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    Have a pup that came up lame when she was little over a year old. Sent prelims off and OFA showed moderate hip dysplasia. She's now 27 months and has been doing great and training well. No lameness issues. Should I recheck OFA before I spade her to be certain or just a waste of time? Thanks

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    Was it because the sockets were too shallow or is there degenerative joint disease present?

    Possible that improper placement could cause a bad x-ray, but it depends on why the rating was issued.

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    Looked like shallow sockets

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    A rating of "mild" could be given without DJD present.
    But, I would think that a rating of "moderate" would require visual evidence of arthritic changes in the joint.

    http://www.offa.org/hd_grades.html

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    Shallow sockets won't improve but the dog can live a long, full life. Keep her lean and well-muscled through swimming and other exercise.

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    OTOH, it wont hurt to rexray . One, then you know the status of them at this age, and two, yes, possibly a different technique or positioning,etc, may make a difference in what OFA sees. If she was dysplastic truly-she still is- but again, it wont hurt to know where shes at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Webbs515 View Post
    No lameness issues. Should I recheck OFA before I spade her to be certain or just a waste of time? Thanks
    you definitely should have X-rays done again and submitted for evaluation, definitely not a waste of time

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    ok, thanks alot for the responses. i will have it rechecked soon. thanks again

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    Make sure you use a vet that does a lot of these x-rays for other breeders and competition dogs. If they can send them digitally all the better because then you will not have to worry about the Film being fresh.
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    X2 on making sure the vet is familiar with getting good X-rays for OFA. Had a friend that had a dog come back mildly dysplastic, he found a vet that regularly did OZA x rays and got a good. Other things to consider besides experience is whether or not dog is sedated. Sedated equals good positioning but relaxed, vs. challenged to get a good position but joints are in a more natural, tight position(sorry, I'm sure their is a more technical term)

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