|Barked: Fri Oct 12, '12 7:47am PST |
|So, on Tuesday, I took Penny to the Dog Park. She ran and ran and ran and had a blast. She also drank some of the pond water there and had an upset stomach for a couple days. I was worried about that...until last night. I got home from work and she was limping and not putting any weight on her left rear leg. I watched her for a little while and she was limping a little bit and then if I walked her on a leash she'd put full weight on the leg and walk fine. It seemed like the more she rested, the pain would return when she got up. I took her to the emergency vet last night to make sure it wasn't something serious - like a broken bone- and the vet there diagnosed her with a luxating patella in the left rear-knee. She said maybe a grade 2. She gave Penny a pain medication injection and sent her home with a prescription of Tramadol for the next 2 weeks. She did indicate that Penny might need surgery to fix it. Penny is 18 months old and is healthy - she's about 3-4 lbs overweight, so I know that she needs to drop those lbs. Currently, she takes 1/2 of a gloco-flex pill a day and has for the last 8 months. I guess I'm just wondering if surgery is an absolute MUST? When she got up today, she limped for a few steps and when I took her out to go potty, she walked fine, she'd skip for a step or two, but never seemed to be bothered too badly. Is it something that I can just watch and might get better with some restrictions (rest, no running, stairs, etc). If Penny were your dog, what would you do? I'd hate to put her under to fix something that can be treated without surgery. Any advice or been-there-done-that stories would be great. Right now, she's resting at home in her kennel.
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