Luxating Patella - what to do?

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Small in size,- but big of heart
Barked: Sat Oct 13, '12 8:59pm PST 
I have a luxating patella. Most small breeds with this problem learn to live with it. Make sure you keep your weight down, and Hills has a Healthy Mobility food that works really well. Please don't trash me about corn and junky food. It does work.

*Runs around*
Barked: Sat Oct 13, '12 9:09pm PST 
Lizzie is almost 5 now and has had it since she was about a year old. The old vet we were going to said "no chasing balls, running, jumping ect" unless we have the $4000 surgery. Before he said that, we didn't notice a problem with her knees AT ALL. Through the years I notice she is a tiiiiiny bit stiff when she first get up, but other than that no problems at all.

I'd advise you to get your dog at a healthy weight, I bet it'd be a lot easier on the knees smile

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Fritz, cats are- fun when they- run
Barked: Sun Oct 14, '12 9:11am PST 
I would find a board certified specialist and get a 2nd opinion. You need to know all of your options and outcomes. You also need to know long term prognosis. Will you get really bad arthritis? Will it shorten your life or make you so miserable when you are ten that you have no choice?

GP vets are great but when dealing with a specific problem, especially in a joint, you need to see a specialist and if your GP vet is any good at all, he will not have any problem referring you at your request.

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