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  1. SpringerLover

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    How many of you have dogs with orthopedic xrays? What was the reason? Were they sent out to be graded or just read in house?

    I'm itching to get Gabby's done but since they're not necessary right now, I'm waiting until she's at a better weight because she'll likely have to be sedated for her hips.

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  2. Beanie

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    Auggie has had his done twice. Once (hips and elbows) was for OFA and sent in, mostly for sports info but also so there was more info on the record about his lines. The second time we were actually doing a bladder x-ray, but Doc always likes to set it up and get a hip x-ray at the same time so we can take a look at how the joints are doing (and they looked great.) I would actually like to have his wrists and elbows done again to see how they're looking, but don't have the spare cash to throw down.

    Payton had hips and elbows done for OFA, both for sports and also because we hope to use him as a stud one day.

    Pepper needs hers done if she's ever going to be bred... but I'm actually hoping she is never bred, so I haven't done them, and her co-owner hasn't asked me to bring her in to have them done. She isn't doing any sports either, so it's not as important to me.

    Georgie needs her hips and elbows done for OFA but haven't gotten it done yet. I should probably call Doc and make an appointment for her... mostly for sports, but because there is a slim chance she will be bred too.


    I will always do rads for my sports dogs, and sending them off to be read isn't that much more and I like to have that information out there in the database. I wish we'd done them on Happy since he was so messed up... I'd like to have known what was going on structurally in there.
     
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    I do hips pretty much whenever anyone is under anesthesia for anything else, just because I like to know what they look like. I just read them myself/with my colleagues and run them by a traveling radiologist or surgeon when they're around. I don't generally do anything else unless I have a specific concern about it, although I'll probably periodically do Squash's lower back.

    I have Maisy and Squash hips. So far I haven't needed to sedate Pip for anything, although I'm not really worried about his hips based on his activity/mobility and strength/muscling.
     
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    I'm planning to do Joey's hips and probably knees whenever I schedule a dental for him since he will be under anyways. I've been dying to see X-rays of his hips and knees for a while now.
     
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    This. Plus I like to make sure they are ok for high impact stuff.

    Z had hers done before I adopted her officially since she was going to be doing agility, so was done without sedation. I know the vet said they looked great, but I don't have them and have since moved.

    Kestrel hasn't had his xrayed because 1. our chiro and our holistic vet when we lived in SC both manipulated them and saw no reason to worry enough to get xrays and 2. He hasn't been under anesthesia since his neuter almost 5 years ago.

    Aeri will have hers done whenever she goes under anesthesia, but hasn't had to to date. Hers will probably be submitted to OFA.

    Snipe JUST had hers done today while she was under for her OSS. I have digital copies on a cd here.
     
  6. SpringerLover

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    That's my thinking. It's $35 more to submit them. And I know OFA isn't the best (I'd really rather do PennHIP but it is significantly more costly) but it's a good base, I guess?

    Buzz and Bailey were done because of sports (and Bailey's littermate brother was dysplastic).
     
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    Right now, just Kaylee. She is in OFA for hips/elbows, since I did all health testing before she was bred.

    Poison will have hers done eventually. No real need to do Talla's, and Jayne's would probably scare me. (Neutering too early really screwed him up.)
     
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    When we were x-raying Cynder to check for a potential intestinal blockage when her illness first started, her hips were in the view as well, and the vet said they looked gorgeous. (Also found out she has a bit of spondylosis in her lower back.)

    I do plan to have Abrams hips and elbows done when he's around two. If I have them done by a vet I trust (may just bring him home over the holidays or some such and visit where I work now to have them done LOL), I'm not sure I'll submit them to OFA unless the breeder just wants me to.
     
  9. release the hounds

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    I"ve just done OFA. I'm not a fan of sedation unless necessary. I think you can get a decent opinion on hips without it.
     
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    Cross during his Lyme/lameness episode this summer was sedated and x-rayed. I had wanted to do it anyway because he's doing sports. Looked at pictures of his hips, knees, elbows and wrists!
     
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    I've been wanting to get x-rays of Jackson, but don't know when I'll do it or get the extra money. He was x-rayed once when he was limping, it ended up being Lymes, but I remember the vet saying his hips and patellas looked great. That was when he was about 2 years old though. He's now 5. I'm somewhat curious about his back lately though. Ever since he was young, he has kind of a weird spot when you pick him up that he yelps. But the vet has palpated, etc, again and again and of course he never does it when we're there, so she said it might just be him being sensitive. But it's something on my mind. So I've been curious to get an x-ray of his back.

    Anyone know how much this generally runs cost-wise?
     
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    Gavroche had his hips and stifles xrayed before he was mine. He was limping when he was found, and since he was still limping when he got neutered, we went ahead and did xrays while he was out for the neuter. His stifles were fine, but his hips aren't so great. We didn't send them off anywhere, just read them in-house.

    Here they are. The positioning is terrible, and if they were taken when he was my dog and I had to pay for them, I'd be pretty pissed about it (especially since he was ANESTHETIZED). I'm also unsure where there's only one view. This is 5 years old, so who knows what they look like now :p

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    It depends on the area, but around here it's a couple hundred bucks to have them done and sent in.
     
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    At the clinic I work at, it is anywhere from $145-$180, depending if we send them off for a specialist to look at. We also don't sedate for radiographs unless the animal is either extremely painful or extremely aggressive - and even then we use a sedation that is either easily reversed or just takes the edge of the discomfort off. I would say 9/10 animals we're able to do without any form of sedation - and that includes joints (even weird positions that involve tape for proper positioning). How those compare to sedated rads I don't know...but our vets and consults have always been (mostly) happy with the quality.
     
  15. SpringerLover

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    When I worked in general practice, we tried non-sedated hip xrays if the owner requested it. We didn't often get the positioning needed. OFA requests that the patellas be in the patellar groove to ensure best positioning. Many dogs didn't tolerate the torquing required for that awake.
     
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    When I went, the xrays were waaay cheaper than the tick profile.
     
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    i know, but I go in with my dogs and we get good films every time. I specifically chose this vet because he doesn't normally sedate, but he's been doing it forever. In out and done in like 2 minutes and that's with chit chat :)

    You know your dogs though and if they'll tolerate it. By 2 if mine don't know that wait means hold still whether you like it or not, I don't take them in yet. But this guy is so good, I don't know if it matters, the dog is up and off before they know what happened :)
     
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    Fred's joints were xrayed when he was under for his shoulder. Thet weren't scored, but I was told they are all fine.... There's still a niggly part of me that wants a figure though... As the hips elbows etc were just an add on after his scan, and I never got to see them. And he was under 12 months.
     
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    And we did get a handful of usable films while the dogs were awake. We were able to do one set of Buzz's awake (he would have been fine with the torquing if he wasn't painful in the first place--we routinely did superficial surgery on him with him awake and just local anesthetic... because he is that good). I would love to find a vet I trust to try Gabby awake!
     
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    Take a trip down to Madison :) I guess I haven't had films done in a couple years, but I imagine he's still doing it. I think he could do them in his sleep.
     

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