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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-12-2013, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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OFA hip x-rays, when can I do them?

I know the ideal age is 24 months.

I have another concern and wanted to have my dog x-rayed for that and I was thinking about having her hips done at the same time. But she's a couple of weeks shy of 20 months of age.

Will OFA accept hip x-rays at this time, or do I have to wait on those?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-12-2013, 08:44 AM
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My dog just had these done so I was reading up on it. You can do preliminary ratings as early as 4 months, but to get a certified one they need to be 2 years.

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I was afraid of that! Ok, thanks.

I did have prelims done at 10 months, I was just hoping to not have to sedate her more than is absolutely necessary.
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Depending upon the dog, sedation is not always required for x-rays. I have had several dogs done without any sedation and have not had an issue.

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I had her prelims done without sedation. The first shot was ok, but they realized they forgot to put film in and after that it was a bit of a struggle as she didn't like being restrained, although she wasn't horrible about it.

I think if I need to do more than one shot she'll have to be sedated, I don't want them yanking her around or taking more shots than necessary.

I thought I read that OFA requires the dog to be sedated for the xrays, or is that something I'm imagining?
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