Hip Radiographs - Information to the Cat Owner

We also have information specific to veterinarians.

Talk to your veterinarian about the purpose of your visit; if your veterinarian does not have the necessary equipment, he will be able to refer you to a colleague who has.

Age

Radiographs are taken of the cat's hips at 10 months of age at the earliest to get an official result. You can of course test younger cats as well (between 6 and 10 months; younger than 6 months might not give a reliable result) but then the result will be a preliminary one.

Sedation

It is not obligatory to sedate the cat, but a mild sedative (injection) can be given in order to make the cat lie still and stretched out in order to get a good picture of the hips. If the cat is calm and easy to handle a good picture can be achieved without using any sedatives. Most cats do not like the sound the camera makes and it is at this moment that many cats do not want to lie still. The mild sedation of the cat does not affect the HD test results negatively. The cat should however not be heavily sedated as this can have minor effects on the outcome of the evaluation.

Preparation

  • Information about the cat
  • IMPORTANT: If your cat has not yet been microchipped or tattooed, you must have that done either during the same visit or before
    • The radiograph must be identified with either microchip or a tattoo number and the veterinary must check the identification of the cat. This is necessary for the results to be registered in the official registry.
  • Print and sign the form
    • Download the form and print it.
    • Before going to the veterinary to have your cat's hips radiographed you have to fill in the part "To be filled in by the owner" on the form and sign it. For clear readability, please fill out the form on your computer and print it, sign it, and bring it to your appointment.
  • Pay the fee for the evaluation of the radiographs
    • See payment details below.
    • The payment should reach PawPeds' account before you have had the test done. Please clearly state that you are paying for "HD evaluation" and write your cat's name.

You must bring the following to the veterinary appointment

  • The correct form for HD-testing (duly filled in and signed), download it here!
    Very Important so that the veterinarian will know where to send the form and the radiographs.
    If you would like to have an extra radiograph for your own files, please ask the veterinarian for an extra one, as the radiographs sent in will be kept in the archives of the health program for future reference.
  • Proof of identity of the cat like a pedigree with the id number (some countries have official health passports, vaccination booklets, and confirmation of the microchip or tattoo).

What happens next

  • The veterinarian sends off the radiographs together with the original form to the veterinary Elisabeth Ball. Her address is clearly stated on the original form.
  • Elisabeth Ball will evaluate the radiographs approximately every 2-3 weeks.
  • You will have the result sent to you by e-mail, PawPeds will then show "Result registered but not public yet", the results will be public after 60 days. 
    The reason is to give owners time to tell about possible bad results to those who might need to know so that no one would find out through the webpage.
  • IMPORTANT! Do not forget to pay for the evaluation!

Payment for the evaluation

You need to pay for the evaluation done by our evaluator. This can be done directly to PawPeds' bank account or via PayPal. The price for the evaluation is:

150 SEK per cat.

Important! Write HD and the name(s) of the cat(s) in the notes of your payment! If possible also add the owner's name and email address.

Paying to PawPeds' bank account

Please note that bank fees are not included in the price. The cat owner should pay all fees to the sending and receiving bank. The exception is when the payment is made via the Swedish Bankgiro or as a so-called SEPA payment (within EU/EES) since the transfer cost is very small in these cases. Your bank has information on how a SEPA payment is made.

PawPeds accepts no additional costs and will not accept any checks. Payment should be made to:

PawPeds
c/o Peter Olsson
Ängsmyrvägen 1, Bäsna
SE-781 95 BORLÄNGE
Sweden

IBAN SE42 6000 0000 0006 1075 0682
BIC (SWIFT) HANDSESS

Within Sweden: Bankgiro 200-1816

A pdf-copy of the original form with the result will be sent to the cat owner as soon as the registrar has received the evaluated radiographs and the original form from Elisabeth Ball and when payment has been received by the treasurer. The health program will keep the radiographs for future research.

Extract from the official HD register can be downloaded, together with other health data, on the page for Health Data Download.

Paying through PayPal

You can also pay for your HD evaluations through PayPal. Because of the fee PayPal charges for transferring money, you will then have to pay 160 SEK for each cat. Pay to PawPeds's PayPal account:
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Help!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the contact persons for the health programme!

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