German Shepherd Dog > Looking for opinions on hip xray (9 replies)
Looking for opinions on hip xray
by Starr11 on 19 June 2012 - 21:50
|I was reading about German Shepherd hips and came across this websitem which seems to have a lot of good information, so I signed up and would like some opinions on this hip xray. It is my 2 year old female German Shepherd and the xray was just done last week and sent to OFA, but have to wait for the result. The vet who took the xray said the hips look good, but said OFA is the final judge. The reason I'm concerned is because the breeder contacted me yesterday and asked if I had my dog's hips xrayed because the owner of one of her littermates (a male) contacted her and his dog has hip dysplasia. The parents of these dogs are both rated OFA good. I am just worried now. S|
Thanks for any input! (Sorry for the glare, I took a photo of the xray at the vet's office and she turned off the light, but the hips sockets can still be seen)
by aceofspades on 19 June 2012 - 22:11
|Can't even see the hips in the photo. Need to be able to clearly see the ball and socket. Would have been better with the flash off or overhead light off and only backlight on. On that note. Just because one puppy has bad hips doesn't mean all pups in the litter will. Also dogs who are mildly dyslastic often live fully functional and active lives. There isn't usually any major problem until you get moderate to severe dysplasia. If your vet says They look good chances are they are OK. Really dyslastic Hips are usually pretty evident. So if you get a fair or good or even a mild, you should not see any Suffering in terms of quality of life. I|
by SitasMom on 19 June 2012 - 23:23
please crop the photo like this so we can see what's going on...
by trixx on 19 June 2012 - 23:23
|its a bit dark but what i can see they do look good , but cant say for sure, not very good pic. you should get your results back in 3 weeks , so not long to wait.|
by macrowe1 on 19 June 2012 - 23:24
|Too dark and too much of a flash on the pic, can't see the hips|
by macrowe1 on 19 June 2012 - 23:26
|And genetics are only part of the whole hip dysplasia, there are environmental factors also.|
by Hedi on 19 June 2012 - 23:59
|What does the rest of the hip health look like in the rest of the pedigree? While it is what it is...just curious. I cannot see anything on the film you posted (quality of the photo)...so I am not trying to make you panic or anything, just curious.|
by Starr11 on 20 June 2012 - 03:26
|Thank you for your input. I tried to improve the photo the best I can. The vet was kind of odd when I asked to take a photo of the xray, but I told her about the littermate, so she let me, but she turned the light off just as I was taking it and then she just grabbed it and left the room....anyway, as far as I can tell the dogs were line bred and have 3 dogs in common on 4,5,6,&7. I didn't see any bad hips, but the dam's sire has fair hips and it looks like there was a dam back in his pedigree that produced a dog with fair hips, the bad part is that dam is also on the sire's side of my dog, so not sure if I'm making any sense here, not an expert, just spent hours looking up the dogs 8 generations back, checking them on here and on OFA.|
by mirasmom on 20 June 2012 - 11:30
Here I made them a little brighter....although your last picture is way better than the first, I would have to say your dog has ofa good hips,
good luck with your results from ofa.
by Blitzen on 20 June 2012 - 12:02
|They look good to me.|
Many GSD's have litter mates that don't clear their hip xrays and many GSD's with HD are out of clear parents, grandparents, etc.. Kudos to your breeder for telling you, some would not have. The only way that should effect your dog is if the sib is moderately to severely dysplastic and if you have plans to breed her. In that case you will probably want to select a mate with good hips from a strong background of good hips and try your best to sell the puppies to people who will agree to xray them when old enough.
Fair hips are normal hips. Some breeders I know routinely have fair rated dogs rexrayed to get a better rating and they usually do. More often that not, the ratings are the results of the quality of the xray, the skill of the techs who are manipulating the dog for the xray, and if the dog is sedated or not.