What is PUPscan?
What is the Procedure of PUPscan?
The PUPscan research project is using the most modern diagnostic Ultrasound technology to separate joint disorders at birth from those that are certainly acquired later in life through environmental factors.
PUPscan have established there are significant differences in the development of puppy hips between breeds and even between the genders. This is the basis for the guidance that will be produced by breed clubs and councils on the best way to look after a new puppy.
The benefit to both the dog and breeder is that good pictures of hips and elbows can be given from 14 days of age to 8 weeks, confirming normal development. The breeder therefore has as much information as possible about joint development of each puppy bred.
Ultrasound diagnostics can support you as a breeder and can help to defend you from subsequent allegations or claims of selling ‘Dysplastic’ puppies.
One of the key aims of the PUPscan Project is to generate scientifically based data to highlight the importance of breed and gender specific husbandry.
The PUPscan team is working with clubs to produce breed specific booklets giving clear guidance to new puppy owners. The booklet will reinforce the duties of care and responsibilities in the care of the puppy with clear evidence based holistic guidance to include, among other things, breed specific health issues.
PUPscan trained Vets will be best placed to support the breeder but also the new puppy owner. Ultrasound diagnostic techniques for imaging joints can be used to diagnose and manage acute bone and joint injuries in the immature skeleton. It is also possible to diagnose and manage adult dogs with similar conditions, thus reducing the need for more invasive procedures. Ultrasound guided treatments can reduce recovery times and disability.