Let’s Hear From The Hip

December 27, 2011

Nola’s birthday was October 20th, but she was in season then.  I had scheduled her preliminary OFA hip x-rays for October 27th.  I never have an OFA film done when my girls are in season so rescheduled her for this morning.

The last hip x-ray I posted was Holmes’ permanent film.  I asked you all what you thought.  It was nearly unanimous that he would get a GOOD.  Despite having a FAIR on his prelim, OFA heard your votes (somehow) and Holmes came back with a Good.

So, what do you have to say about this shot?  This is Nola at 14 months old.  Nola’s mom is  “Leidy”  who is OFA Excellent, and dad is Chase who is OFA Good.

I’ll let you know what OFA decides.


  1. Cheryl says:

    Looks to me as if there is remodeling of the heads, and the right is definitely better than the left. Maybe a fair?

  2. Shelley says:

    I think you may be dealing with shallow acetabulum (acetabuli??) 🙁

    You may end up with a mild

  3. Nancy says:

    As tight as they look, you should be looking at a good anyway.

  4. Lisa says:

    She is pretty crooked so it is hard to tell 100%. OFA may reject those.

  5. C-Myste says:

    The positioning is pretty bad. I don’t think you can really tell anything.

  6. Christina says:

    I agree, the right side especially is really poor for hip eval. They barely rolled her hip out at all.

  7. Sarah says:

    I agree. The positioning is really bad. Spine should be vertical, wings of ileum should be superimposed, patella should be in groove and not lateral. While she does have a shallower acetabulum than Holmes, the ball and socket are still pretty tight. That might change with better positioning, though I am not sure. Some slight remodeling on the left though I seen much worse. I would retake them.

  8. myeye says:

    I agree that the film will need to be re-taken. However, I think it will have more impact with the vet if OFA returns them than if I complain about them without OFA having passed judgment. Some things are about education.

  9. Kim says:

    I had sent in some that had horrific positioning and wanted to make a point in the OFA returning them to the vet. Sadly, they just graded them. Thank goodness they returned a good.

    I would reshoot and resend with these, and make a point of showing him previously positioning on older xrays and why he felt these were acceptable to send in?