"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated".....Mahatma Ghandi
The PUPscan Project is researching hip and elbow disorders in all breeds of dogs with an aim to identifying the processes that lead to atypical joint development.
Despite 50 years of hip ‘scoring’ most participating breeds have yet to see a significant reduction in the incidence of hip and elbow disorders.
While some of the disorders may be genetic others, possibly the majority, have other causes. Over 50 years ago it was recognised by experts studying canine hip problems that at 16 days of age severely unstable hips in puppies could be identified.
PUPscan will identify abnormal hip development before 2 months of age. We can demonstrate significant differences in the rate of hip development between breeds and the genders.
Over the research period, using the most up to date Ultrasound diagnostic equipment in the first 2 months of life, and analysing x-rays at full skeletal maturity, PUPscan plan to identify the dogs most at risk of genetic disease.
The PUPscan project will produce breed and gender specific data and measurements that can be used as guidance for puppy care for the future in order to minimise the risk of premature disability.