I have my male and female both OFA certified. Just hips though, as I did not know about elbows or knees at that time. When I had it done, my veterinarian told me he had not done this in years. He also told me I might want to consider getting them redone by someone who had more recent experience. I kid you not. Both came back "good", not excellent.
Well, I now have switched vets and have a third dog. I was talking to my new vet and asked her about PennHip vs. OFA. No one at their office did either, so she could be objective. She said PennHip is an exact measurement and that is what the vet schools are pushing. She said OFA is not only based on the dogs joint, but a lot of it has to do with the veterinarian's technique. This concerned me, as we all want accuracy and consistency. OFA is $120 here, and PennHip is $400-$500. I would love to get opinions from the professionals out there that have had these tests completed. What are your thoughts?
I personally love Pennhip. Of course I live her in Pa, where it was devoluped. It is good you got an unbiased opinion, as many vets still don't trust it. I for one can't afford the $400 for it, so I still do OFA.
They are right, I feel it is much more accurate as 3 x-rays are taken, and it is graded on percentage. The bigger problem is the lack of places that do it. They have to be approved to be able to do the perfect x-rays. I am highly considering doing it on my male, as I hope he will become a champion, and I will have some stud interest in him.
If you can afford the difference, I would highly recommend pennhip. I find the info to be much more useful.