bahamutt99 wrote:Too bad Leerburg's a prick. Oops, did I say that?
Anyway, I just had to whine. When I had Loki's hips screened, I didn't get a copy of her rads. When the pups get screened, maybe I'll just pack my camera and shoot a picture of them before we leave.
The vet I use for OFA has a digital X-ray machine, and I just pay an extra $5 to get copies of the X-rays on a CD for my own use.
Some of the factors in consideration are breed specific. In GSDs, I'd rather see a Good or Excellent, because those ratings are much easier to come by in that breed, and I trust the OFA radiologists more with GSD films than with SBT films, because they see a lot of the GSDs! There are a total of 420 SBTs that have been screened for HD by the OFA, over 30 years or so, which means that any given radiologist is unlikely to have seen more than a few of them.
That said, I don't think breeding a Fair to a Fair necessarily means going downhill. It depends very much on why the dog was rated as Fair. Fair is a passing rating! If the coverage is good, and the joint reasonably tight, I would not worry about dysplasia at all, even if the OFA does find some persnickety reason to rate the hips as "Fair".
We can't do anymore than guess about the OP's dog, since the films are poor, and none of us are OFA radiologists, so this is all just general information.