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13 July 2011 @ 04:09 pm
Luxating patellas?  
Sadie almost got a clean bill of health today at the vet's except for one thing - Her knees. She loves to play frisbee with me and sometimes I've noticed her favoring one leg or another after she lands from leaping in the air after the frisbee. The vet examined her joints and says that her knee cap slides in and out of place on both of her hind legs. She says that it's not serious and that Sadie doesn't necessarily need surgery at the moment.

Have any of you had experience with this kind of problem?
Jennylittlesunflower on July 13th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Gambit has had this problem for a long time. I noticed him limping last summer and took him in. She said he had luxating patellas. She said it is either a) he had them his whole life and we never noticed since he never really "popped" one before, or b) he had a bad accident. I knew it wasn't b). She gave us meds for his pain (he was limping for about 2 days before I took him to the vet) but I took him off them right away since they made him throw up. He got better by himself (reduced exercise) and now he's fine.

I don't want him to have to undergo surgery, so I'm just observant of how he plays. I try to avoid him jumping up after me blowing bubbles or for his tennis ball. It sucks that I have to limit his jumps (he loves to jump) but I haven't noticed any limping or favoring his legs since.

I'd say just monitor Sadie and limit the frisbee action if you (and she) can bear it. No one wants to land hard on a sore knee that could pop at any time. That's how I plan to keep Gambit out of surgery. The vet suggested his weight is also a factor - he's not as active as his sister and hovers at the 24 pound mark which is pretty much his max weight. I'm trying to get him to exercise more in gentler ways (lots more walking) to keep some weight off his poor knees.
Alanalook_its_alana on July 13th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Smudge only stopped bouncing around as much when her arthritis kicked in recently (she's 12.) But she certainly snap crackles and pops in her joints. I would try to minimize her jumping, but obviously a BT is going to do what a BT does best. Is she on a supplement? While it may not necessarily help her knee, it can prevent other problems. It did WONDERS for my BT (on Dasuquin)