|09-10-2013 03:31 PM|
|phgsd||My vet does hip and elbows for $300, with sedation and OFA fees. He is one of the least expensive ones in the area, but his positioning is great so I can't complain!|
|09-08-2013 11:31 PM|
|Wild Wolf||I was charged a total of $320 for hip and elbow xrays, sent to OFA.|
|09-08-2013 11:27 PM|
Another thing too about being able to just stick an awake dog on the table and snap a decent VD radiograph is sure. Any technician I know can typically so that. But did you know the OFA doesn't even require seeing the X-rays ? And is not nearly as accurate as penn hip? So sure I'll agree most places can opt put of sedating a dog and get an OKAY VD of the pelvis but anyone who is paying for pennHIP is going to have way more information (in the case that they WANT the information ). Which is why we don't even do OFA at my animal hospital which is made up of 13 vet and 66 employees (10 of which are very well trained RVTs). Still we require general anesthesia to do it correctly to give the true answer and not just a potentially false passing score for OFA.
(Quote from an article comparing PennHIP to OFA)
"Breeders know what Excellent, Good or Fair means when discussing hip scores," Hess said. "Breeders are typically not educated in distraction indices or in knowing how their dogs hips compared to the rest of the population can help them make objective breeding choices. OFA evaluation does not require heavy sedation or general anesthesia and requires only one view. For these reasons, OFA evaluation is significantly less expensive than PennHIP evaluation. OFA does not require films to be submitted so breeders can elect not to submit films with obviously poor joint conformation. Finally, OFA evaluations tend to be easier to ‘pass’ than PennHip evaluations and many breeders are unfortunately more interested in passing the test than having an objective evaluation in which the result may not be as good."
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|09-08-2013 10:58 PM|
|crackem||I know nothing of xrays? You're funny and you dont even know what would you like a picture of? I'll get it for you in the morning|
|09-08-2013 10:56 PM|
|crackem||So lots of regular joes come in for ofa xrays? And i know a bit about xrays. Im not concerned. You probably donta need to be either. Any scatter produced by ionizing radiation hitting biologic cells is absorbed within that body as well. There is very little high energy scatter that escapes. So unlessI youre repeatedly standing within the collomated area you'rethat probably ok. But better to be safe than sorry.|
|09-08-2013 10:24 PM|
crackem, did you wear a special vest or jacket while you were in the room? If not, (or if you were but not correctly worn) you were exposed to radiation. I'm probably glowing at this point from all the x-rays (hundreds) I've taken without protective gear, but I'm an employee. Technically, we all have to wear protective gear, not include our hands or arms in shots, and wear a badge that tracks radiation and is tethered to our name and our file with some sort of agency that checks in and makes sure no single tech is being over-exposed. As a client, being unprotected in an x-ray room is a MASSIVE breach of all sorts of code.
All my dogs can be x-rayed without sedation. But I don't have the luxury of only x-raying my dogs. I have to deal with client dogs that are really, really fixated on consuming my entire face for lunch. Is that my fault? No. Is it MY training? No. Is it how 'good' my fellow vet assistants are? No. Is it how 'good' our facility is? No. It's the owner and their dog.
You aren't lucky, you're going in with people you TRAIN with. That suggests those dogs are TRAINED. Most of the dogs that come in are not. The world is not full of people that actually spend time on their pets. Those sorts of people are exceptions to the rule.
|09-08-2013 10:11 PM|
|09-08-2013 09:58 PM|
I guess if you regularly sedate dogs I have to wonder why, when I go to place that doesn't. I asked if you thought we were just lucky???
If one finds the need to regularly use anesthesia to get a decent OFA xray, it doesn't surprise me that they usually see a "need" to use it. You're kind of making my point. I've known more than a few dogs that hated everyone and they didn't get sedated either. Luck? Or a vet staff that knows what they're doing?
and it's a bunch of BS you can't be in an xray room. Insurance reasons? why do they even let you in the front door in that case? Why is it I can walk in with every dog I take in? lucky again?
|09-08-2013 08:49 PM|
|09-08-2013 07:13 PM|
|GSD07||I paid $150 for digital hips and elbows, with quick reversible sedation, with sending to OFA included ( I think, it was $35 for that). I was in the room, it did take multiple x-rays to get the best view. I also got the x-rays emailed to me. I was very happy with everything.|
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