By obtaining OFA certified radiographs breeding programs can be controlled so that the incidences of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia can be lowered.
Veterinarians and responsible breeders of purebred dogs and cats are well aware that hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia can be controlled by careful, selective breeding programs. Information regarding the test results from the sire and dam, along with information on other close relatives such as siblings, half-siblings, aunts and uncles allows breeders to apply greater selective pressure to produce normal offspring and avoid affected offspring.
Radiographs submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) must follow specific guidelines for positioning. Obtaining correct positioning usually requires general anesthesia. Animals must be at least 2 years of age to be eligible for certification. It not recommended to radiograph females that are in heat, pregnant or nursing, as elevated hormone levels may affect results.
For further information regarding OFA certification, please visit www.offa.org