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Puppy hip x-ray question

I'm wanting to keep a female puppy back from my breeding. I was wondering about taking an x-ray around the age of 8 weeks. I know that the growth plates are not closed and that there's no way to tell if they will OFA when they are 2. An x-ray would show generally if the sockets are shallow or deep at that age right? I ask because a receptionist that I work with at the vet's office "breeds" Goldens (don't get me started ) and the x-rays of her dogs all have very shallow sockets and just bad hips in general. Has anybody ever done x-rays at that age to see?
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Re: Puppy hip x-ray question

Never as things can change so much. Even ofa doesn't recognize prelims until 4 months. I'd recommend holding onto until at least then before doing the xray. I personally wait until about 10-12 months.

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Re: Puppy hip x-ray question

Hey maybe the receptionist should punch herself in the face and stop breeding goldens with bad hips. Baron had his xrays at 6 months. Sorry thats all I can add

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Re: Puppy hip x-ray question

I have heard Penn hips can be done earlier if that is an option. Not sure how reliable it is but it is an option.


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Re: Puppy hip x-ray question

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Originally Posted By: Angela_WNever as things can change so much. Even ofa doesn't recognize prelims until 4 months. I'd recommend holding onto until at least then before doing the xray. I personally wait until about 10-12 months.
I have to agree with Angela as it way to early to even think of an hip x-ray at 8 weeks old
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Re: Puppy hip x-ray question

I guess more what I'm asking is theoretically, if I had 2 females that seemed to be equal puppies and couldn't decide which to keep back, and I could only keep 1, would I be able to see if one had better hips than the other for possible future breeding? I'm not looking to certify anything at that age.
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Re: Puppy hip x-ray question

And yes, the Golden "breeder" should punch herself in the face (if I don't do it first, lol) She had 36 puppies this spring, and the sire had bred to 9 females before the age of 2... I'll just stop there before I say anything too nasty.
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Re: Puppy hip x-ray question

I would read all you can about the PennHip method. It is a much better predictor and can be done at an earlier age than OFA.
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