I am looking at possibly getting a Bernese mountain dog later this year towards October and have been doing a lot of research on their health problems especially their hips. As I am aware that their likelihood of hip dysplasia is quite great, I am looking to get Pennhip done on the puppy so that I am able to work on preventative methods to delay the progression of any hip issues they may have rather then wait till they're older when they may have to get surgery instead.
I have only called one vet around me at the moment and was quoted approximately $800 for the Pennhip procedure. I was just wondering what other prices people payed around Australia or where quoted? Also if anyone could suggest clinics in Victoria that would be great also.
I was also wondering what age peoples dogs were when they underwent Pennhip as I was also told by the vet that the timing needed to be very specific (around 16 weeks of age). If this is true thats fine, but i also thought you could have it done at any stage. I am asking this as I would preferably like to have my puppy desexed at the same time to reduce the amount of times it has to be anaesthetised, but 16 weeks is also a bit too early to be desexing the Bernese according too the breeder and online resources.
Any advice or suggestions on all of this is welcome.