Luxated Patella and Your Dog's Care

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Patella pain may be associated with other symptoms, like instability, dislocation and/or swelling. Any or all of these symptoms may present spontaneously, or following injury, such as a direct blow to the front of the knee or after a dislocation Click here to know more

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Luxated Patella and Your Dog's Care By Kelly Marshall

Even though luxated patella is not considered is not a condition that needs to be treated in the emergency room, getting your dog tested for this problem prevents it from becoming worse. Experts recommend that all dogs should be tested for this condition because a slipped kneecap can affect dogs of all breeds and sizes. On the other hand, if you own a small or a toy dog breed, you should have him tested for luxated patella as soon as possible. Luxated Patella - How to Take Care of Your Dog During & After Treatment Good breeders should know that this condition is hereditary, and therefore, have their dogs tested at around six weeks of age, preferable before sending them to their new homes. Treatment Preferences For A Slipped Kneecap Physical tests and the length of time that the dog is showing symptoms such as limping, skipping, and carrying his leg, will determine his diagnosis. To specify the severity of the condition, an X-ray of the thigh bone and the knee will be carried out. This type of treatment is not required for Grade I, although you should check your dog in case the problem gets worse. For Grades II, III, and IV, surgery can be performed in order to restore the malformation. An Orthopedic surgeon performs this kind of surgery and it includes correcting the dog's bone alignment, tightening his joint capsule, and/or deepening the groove where the kneecap rides. The price for this kind of surgery is around $1,500 - $3,000, depending on the severity of the case. This is not a dire emergency; however, it is best to consult your vet as soon as possible if your dog is suffering from a slipped kneecap. Your vet will refer you to an orthopedic specialist, if surgery is needed. If your dog has a condition of Grade II, Grade III, or Grade IV, it is wise to give him the surgery right away before the condition gets worse. Increased damage of the bone and joint may make the outcome of the surgery less successful.

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How to Care For Your Dog After The Surgery Following your dog’s surgery, your vet will recommend medications for your dog's pain as well as anti-inflammation to be taken for approximately one week. In addition, your dog will need a lot of rest during this time, meaning very minimal activity for at least 1½ weeks. Your pet should be kept on the leash when outside your house. Make sure that you keep him in a small and comfortable room to avoid jumping, running around, or other types of activities that can add pressure on his knee. Last but certainly not least, physical therapy will commence around seven days after the surgery. Take your dog on slow walk s for about five minutes. Another suggestion would be to take him swimming. In due time, your dog should be able to handle longer walks on the leash 6 weeks after the surgery and be able to have complete recovery and regular use of his knee around 15 weeks after his surgery. Article by Kelly Marshall from "">Oh My Dog Supplies - to find designer dog beds, visit

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Luxated Patella and What This Means to Your Dog and You By Kelly Marshall

Scenario: Let’s say that your child is playing fetch with your one year old Chihuahua when all of a sudden, he cries in pain. You notice that he starts to limp with his lower back leg. Then suddenly, he skips on the other three legs for about 2 to 5 strides and then starts to run normal again as if nothing happened. Now, let’s say that this incident occurred 3 to 4 more times within the past couple of months, but is becoming more frequent. Should you bring your dog to the vet? The answer is yes, right away! Your dog could be suffering from luxated patella. Luxated Patella - Is It Necessary To Take Your Dog To The Vet Just For An Occasional Limp? Luxated patella, also called as “trick knee” or “slipped kneecap”. This painful condition is hereditary in which the kneecap regularly dislocates or moves out of position, especially toward the inside. This condition usually occurs in both legs, but usually to a different extent. The patella is found in the center of a dog’s knee joint. In a regular knee, the kneecap rests in a rather deep groove where it slides up and down in a usual, controlled way. So, when the groove is too shallow or out of shape, the patella pops out of the groove and shift to the sides, usually toward the inside of the patella. This may cause the leg lock up while the foot is held off the ground, causing your dog to cry out in pain and limp. Luxated patella is known to occur in smaller breed of dogs, although it can affect medium and larger sized breeds. When it hits, this condition can cause lameness and pain for your dog. In slight cases, the patella slides out of the groove and then slides back without any lasting discomfort or lameness. Your dog will yelp in pain, hold his leg up for a few seconds, and then feel fine again when the knee moves back into place. Then sometimes, the patella will actually pop out for longer periods or more often, causing injury to the knee capsule. The pain lasts longer and the dog usually appears bowlegged. Luxated Patella – More Scoop on The Inherited Disorder As mentioned before, luxated patella is an inherited disorder, meaning that the condition is present at birth. The presence of this problem, however, does not make your dog crippled. So, don’t worry; your dog can still live normal and happy, with the ability to do all of the activities he loves engage in, and for the rest of his life. Don’t forget, without any treatment or if treated the wrong way can actually cause your dog’s knee to become subject to worse injuries, such as a torn ligament. A slipped kneecap in an older is the leading cause to diseases of joints and bones. This can actually cause in arthritis in dogs. This is why we recommend that you take care of this problem immediately. Authored by Kelly Marshall from Oh My Dog

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