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Radiology, or “X-ray, helps our veterinarians evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems.


Keizer Veterinary Clinic is one of only two clinics in the Salem-Keizer area that is certified to perform PennHip evaluations for canine hip dysplasia.

PennHip is a non-profit veterinary health service at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1983, Dr. Gail Smith of the University of Pennsylvania was involved in research to develop an early and more accurate test for the diagnosis of canine hip dysplasia (CHD). What developed from Dr. Smith’s research was the PennHip method for evaluating a dog’s hips, and the likelihood of developing hip dysplasia.

PennHip evaluations are performed with the dog under anesthesia. A set of three x-rays are taken, and the degree of laxity or looseness of the hip is measured while the dog is completely relaxed. This number is compared to the data from that specific breed. The breeder is then able to make a determination as to whether this individual dog is above or below average for joint laxity within that breed. The greater the laxity, the greater the chances are for developing hip dysplasia. The advantage of the PenHipp evaluation is that it gives objective data, instead of subjective. This is useful in determining whether an individual dog should be included in a breeding program.

For addition information on PennHip evaluations, please contact Keizer Veterinary Clinic.

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) is a non-profit organization set up to identify and reduce orthopedic and genetic diseases in companion animals. OFA maintains a database on all breeds of dogs and cats in order to help breeders identify and avoid inherited diseases, and to improve the genetic health of their breed through responsible breeding practices. OFA is also involved in DNA testing, genetic eye diseases, congenital deafness, and many other inherited diseases.

Orthopedic diseases of particular interest to OFA include elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, leg-calve-perthes disease, patellar luxation, and shoulder OCD. Keizer Veterinary Clinic has an excellent working relationship with OFA , with over forty years of experience in identifying and managing these conditions. With this experience, we are able to produce the highest quality x-rays for submission to OFA for evaluation. We also have extensive experience working with breeders in evaluating and improving their breeding programs. Your veterinarian at Keizer Veterinary Clinic will review the x-rays with you, and help educate on the various orthopedic issues that might affect your dog or cat.

For additional information on OFA evaluations, please contact Keizer Veterinary Clinic.

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