VCA Animal Care Center of Mt. Juliet

OFA X-Ray

Our hospital offers OFA x-rays for identification of hip dysplasia in dogs. OFA is the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and is an organization that was created to aid breeders in helping reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia. Dogs must be over 2 years of age and the x-rays must be taken using general anesthesia for accurate diagnosis.

X-rays can be taken by any veterinarian (no special certification required) and then are submitted to the OFA to be evaluated by a radiologist for hip congruity, subluxation, the condition of the acetabulum, and the size, shape, and architecture of the femoral head and femoral neck. Three different radiologists review the x-rays and a score is given based on the dog's hip conformation relative to other dogs of the same age and breed.

OFA categories are graded as normal (excellent, good, fair), borderline dysplastic, or dysplastic (mild, moderate or severe). Dogs with hips scored as borderline or dysplastic are not eligible to receive OFA breeding status. Please ask our staff if you have any questions about the OFA technique. 
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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours (week days we are open until 7, Saturdays until 5), check with a local animal emergency clinic.

We recommend the following:

Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners:
615-333-1212 phone
1668 Mallory Lane
Brentwood, TN 37027

or

Animal Medical Center
615-867-7575 phone
234 River Rock Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37128

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