Guilty turned 2 years old on February 6th that means she is old enough for her OFA (Orthopedic Foundation For Animals) evaluation of her hips and elbows. Since I knew I had puppies coming and would be home bound for a couple of months I got Guilty right in for her evaluation last week.
This time around we tried out a new to us Veterinary Clinic. My pal Tom used this clinic and I’ve heard of others that have as well. I am always being asked where to go for OFA xrays since the famous Dr. Link retired. Well here is your place to go. Dr. Sondel used to work for Dr. Link so he learned from the best. He opened up his own practice which is:
M, T, W: 8am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 11am – 7pm
Friday: 8am – 4pm
1848 Waldorf Blvd
Madison, WI 53719
Our animal hospital offers preventative care, general medical, and surgical care for small animals, with a primary focus on dogs and cats. Dr. Sondel also specializes in canine reproductive care, and you can view the adorable results in our Nursery photos!
Your experience at Sondel Family Veterinary Clinic begins with a warm welcome for your furry family member and a reassuring smile for you. Here your pet will receive top quality care and you’ll receive the information you need to help your pet live the fullest and healthiest life possible.
Dr. Sondel came and greeted Guilty and I, he then took Guilty for her radiographs, she was back in no time, I didn’t even have a chance to grab a Keurig coffee. He led me into the exam room where he showed me Guiltys radiographs and explained what he saw. There was no need for sedation with Guilty as she was a good girl. I’ve heard numerous people tell me their dogs don’t need to be sedated either.
Here are her elbow radiographs, one is of her right elbow and one is her left.
Here is Guilty’s hip radiograph.
He told me in his opinion she has normal elbows and good/excellent hips. They submitted the radiographs to OFA so I should know the results within a month.
I had a great experience at Sondel Family Veterinary Clinic, I went here so I could know first hand what I was talking about when I recommend clinics to other breeders and friends.
Side note: even if your not a breeder if you own a dog that is large breed or prone to hip dysplasia it is a good idea to do radiographs of the hips even if you don’t plan on breeding. It’s good to know the status so you know what may or may not happen in the future. If the doctor finds something bad you can address it earlier than later. Some surgical procedures need to be done at a certain age frame otherwise you will need to do different surgeries. If your going to do performance events or hunt your dog it’s a good idea as well to know what the hip and elbow status is.
I’ll report back Guilty’s results when I get them.