OFA Hip & Elbow
OFA is the acronym for Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. This organization was founded in 1966 with the goal to lower the incidence of orthopedic and genetic diseases in companion animals.
There are many popular dog breeds that can be prone to problems with both their hips and elbows passed along through genetics. In order to ensure that your pet is an ideal candidate for breeding, the OFA reviews radiographs to check for hip and elbow dysplasia.
The process is relatively simple. Highland Pet Hospital will take radiographs of your pet and can assist you with completing the application. The radiographs and application will be submitted to the OFA for their review. The results usually come back within three weeks- and your pet’s hips or elbows are given a grade ranging from Excellent to severely dysplastic.