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Control of Genetic Diseases by George Padgett RECOMMENDED READING:

Control of Canine Genetic Diseases by George Padgett
How to understand the mechanics of inheritance, how to deal with percentages and predictability of outcome, and how to breed away from such scourges as canine hip dysplasia.

Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Resources

By Moc Klinkam; Rev. June 3, 2002 - Fred Forrest

These on-line resources provide valuable educational information about canine hip dysplasia and other common canine orthopedic diseases and conditions and their inheritance, diagnosis, and treatment. Most of these resources provide comprehensive, non-breed specific coverage of the topics.

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)

  • Orthopedic Foundation for Animals is the recognized certifying body in the United States for hip and elbow dysplasia, and other genetic canine diseases. They feature a database where you can easily look up the hip and elbow evaluations for thousands of dogs.

  • How Hips Are Graded is explained on the OFA web site with accompanying graphics and evaluative detail.

  • Two articles reviewing PennHIP and OFA radiologic protocols for evaluating and predicting CHD. Drs. Keller and Corley, Diplomates of A.V.C.R. and principal radiologists of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), detail the research studies and scientific literature that support their position that PennHIP stress radiography to date remains an inconclusive method for reliable testing and evaluation. Fred Lanting, PennHIP promotional consultant, responds to some comments posted on Internet email lists with commentary promoting the PennHIP extraction method to diagnose CHD, and recommends its use over OFA protocol to screen for CHD.

  • Hips, Elbows and OFA by veterinarian Catherine Priddle reviews evaluation and testing for the Rottweiler. This article is the fourth and last article on the page -- scroll down.)

  • Orthopedic Update on Hip Registries, 2001-2002 by Fred Lanting

General Overview of CHD

Treatment Options

Veterinary Research


Nutrition and Supplementation

Genetics of CHD

Hip Evaluation Schemes



Canine Elbow Dysplasia

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