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Canine hip dysplasia, or CHD, is an all-too-common condition that affects millions of dogs. It occurs as a result of an abnormal formation of the hip socket, and when left untreated, it can lead to severe pain and disability.

West Lake Animal Hospital is PennHIP certified and is here to assess whether your canine companion is at risk for developing this debilitating condition. When you choose us for PennHIP testing in Taylorsville, we can help you determine your pet’s level of risk and work with you to come up with the best course of action.

What Is PennHIP?

PennHIP is a revolutionary scientific method that is used to evaluate a dog for whether it is susceptible to canine hip dysplasia. During the test, the dog is carefully positioned so that their passive hip laxity - which is how loose the hip ball is in the socket when the dog’s muscles are relaxed - can be accurately measured using radiographs. According to research, the degree of passive hip laxity is a major factor in determining whether a dog is likely to develop CHD or osteoarthritis later in life.
This test is not painful or uncomfortable, and it can be conducted on puppies as young as 16 weeks of age. The earlier your dog is tested, the sooner we can begin preventative and palliative treatment.

PennHIP Testing in Taylorsville

Dr. Benson of West Lake Animal Hospital has been doing PennHIP evaluations for more than 20 years, and he is one of just 11 veterinarians in the Salt Lake Valley who is certified to perform this procedure. To learn more or to schedule your pet’s appointment, please contact us today.


West Lake Animal Hospital offers PennHIP testing in Taylorsville, Kearns, West Jordan, West Valley City, and the surrounding areas.
Tel. (801) 966-6348
3800 W 5400 S Taylorsville, Utah


Mon-Thu: 7am-5:30pm
West Lake Animal Hospital

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