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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-21-2008, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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ofa's came back.

My vet said "Good" on all three of the the girls I tested last month. They came back and I got a "good" on two of them and a "fair" on one of them. Unfortunately, this was the one the vet said was the best.

So I called over there and asked them to send me pdfs of the x-rays for the three stooges and asked for Babs and Jenna's as well. They are going to send me a CD. When I get them, I want to post them and see if we on the board can figure out which were the fair hips and what they are seeing.

I know I should just be happy about it, but I am curious to figure out what exactly they are looking at when they are NOT looking at dysplasia.

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Re: ofa's came back.

Sue, with the OFA some times there is no rhyme or reason on the ratings. But I will be looking forward to the pics.

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Re: ofa's came back.

and all it takes is 1 fair from one of the 3 vets looking at the xrays to get it. Vishnu had 1 good, 1 fair and a dysplastic. Guess which rating he got.

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After they decide if they see any signs of dysplasia, then they rate the conformation of the hip joint itself. That is where the ratings of Excellent, Good, and Fair come in. If you read on the OFA certificate, all three ratings are listed as FREE of dysplasia. E, G, and F are based on how well the ball fits in the socket, if there is space left in the joint area, etc.
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Ok, but these were the ones that Dr. Hutchison said they couldn't jam them in any tighter with a sledge hammer. That is why I asked for the x-rays and want to study them. I am hoping they come tomorrow. Waiting is not my strong suit.

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Originally Posted By: Wisc.Tiger with the OFA some times there is no rhyme or reason on the ratings.

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I agree 100%. Gracie's prelims were mild HD. Her 2 year old finals came back OFA FAIR (when the radiologist who did them said they were mild to poor). Now due to her back problems, Gracie has seen 2 board certified orthopedists and one holistic vet (practicing for 35+ years) and ALL THREE are shocked that she passed OFA. It's the luck of the draw with the raters.

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Re: ofa's came back.

Sue, Sometimes we wonder if the person at OFA needed glasses or if they were wearing them when looking at the films.

I bet if you sent them in again they would be different and could be rated worse than the first time.
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Re: ofa's came back.

But could they be rated better if I sent them in again? The vet said good to excellent on her. the other four females out of this set of parents are OFA good.

Still no cd in the mailbox...

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Originally Posted By: selzerBut could they be rated better if I sent them in again? The vet said good to excellent on her. the other four females out of this set of parents are OFA good.

Still no cd in the mailbox...
You never know. I'd wait a few months if you do, I had heard that raters change every 6 months or so (but I could be wrong as it was heresay).

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Re: ofa's came back.

You can also get another set of x-rays and do Penn-Hip.

In my opinion this is a MUCH better method. Actually numbers and measurements are taken. As well as comparing to other dogs measurement of the same breed.

http://www.workingdogs.com/ofa_penn.htm




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