I am interested , very much so , but haven't been able to organize my thoughts on the whole "hip" thing --- especially since , as in another thread "a gene has been found for hd" --- although it is not what most people think it is , or means what they think it does.
the vet that took care of all the PD k9s for a large city, out of friendship and to gain experience as it was very early days, offered to "penn-hip" all of my dogs at no expense to me.
I did not take him up on this offer. I was doing OFA AND OVC on the same animal .
the key is EPI-genetics . Knowing what the gene's are in a multi factorial disorder allows you to influence the gene expression through nutrition , providing the proper minerals for the codons , switches , for on or off at that location.
Laxity also can be influenced by generations of well nourished animals , particularly while in fetal development and then continued throughout the critical growth stages. This includes ligaments, cartilage, tendons, muscle , bone density .
Never one thing in isolation. Always the whole and entire body-system.
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