Orchard Hill English Shepherds
Ember's PennHIP information
PennHIP .64/.74 with minor changes in the looser hip
At some point, I plan to have her hips x-rayed again, just to see how a few years of wear and tear have changed
them. Ember keeps herself very fit, and she is slim and trim - no excess weight. Excess weight and lack of exercise
are two factors that increase the risk of developing hip dysplasia.
PennHIP distraction view of Ember's hips. You can see that her right hip
(left side of the x-ray) is not as tight in the socket as her left hip. This is the
view that PennHIP uses to measure the distraction index on hips.
PennHIP extended view of Ember's hips. This is the view
used by OFA. I did not have an OFA evaluation of her hips
done. She was not quite two years old when I had the x-rays
done, and OFA requires that they be a full 24 months old for
an official reading. This is the view that the vets can see the
minor changes in her right hip. I had to ask them to show me,
because I could never find them. There is a very slight
thickening of the head of the ball, and a small line on the neck
of the femur.
PennHIP compression view of Ember's hips. This view
shows how well the ball and socket really fit together.
Ember's are a reasonable fit. That, and her high level of
fitness, probably explain why, at five years old, she
shows no signs of hip problems. With a DI of .74 on that
side, she is almost sure to develop some kind of hip
dysplasia (arthritis) as she ages.