Tag: Pre-Parenting Dog Checks

Nov 2015
Hip Dysplasia (HD) & Other Pre-Parenting Dog Checks

Hip dysplasia (HD) is well known among breeders and owners of larger dogs but surprisingly is quite common in smaller breeds. For many years the Kennel Club and British Veterinary Association (BVA) have run a scheme to improve the conformation of dogs’ hips and elbows, by examining x-rays and having them scored by experts for quality. Ideally, all dogs intended for breeding should have a hip score well below the breed average and 0 or 1 for elbows (hips and elbows are scored differently). All dogs will need sedation or general anaesthesia......

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