with all the threads recently on HD/hip scores etc it has been on my mind... maggies dam & sire have low hip scores and their parents were also good etc, but as I am going to be doing agility with her, I want to make sure that she has got a low hip score before getting into it properly in case we made anything worse if she did have a problem... anyway my current vet is pretty good and they have a few at the practice - one of which is an orthopaedic specialist and runs an orthopaedic referral service from the practice too. So does he sound like the right sort of person to do the x-rays? Does anyone else live nr Camberley in Surrey that can recommend? GA or sedation? I have spoken with him and he said that he does hip and elbow scores very regularly and that he always insists on a GA rather than just sedation, as it will give the most accurate score. i forgot to ask when i spoke to him, but the receptionist told me that it was very painful for them too which is why they insist on a GA and that maggie will likely be very sore afterwards...is this right? i dont want to put her through anything painful unnecessarily...I just thought it was a set of x-rays! ...I have seen a number of your mention sedation being fine? or is GA the best way? I am concerned really about having to put her under a full GA...or shouldn't I be worried? he said there would be no problem and it really doesnt pose a risk for her at her age... cost: they quoted about £290 for the hip and elbow - that includes the GA, the x-rays and sending off to be scored by BVA. does this sound about right? we are in surrey, so i'm aware that prices are sometimes a little higher here.