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Dixie has been holding her back right leg up and walking very gingerly on it when it's down since last Thursday. She'd done one crazy run around the house after a face walk & came back to me with her leg up. Naturally it was a long weekend. We got into the vet this morning and he says it's LP. He doesn't believe in grades he just goes by how the dog is doing. Also no surgery unless absolutely necessary. I agree and so does Dixie! She's on Metacam for pain for a few days. I won't use it all so I'm to keep the rest for next time. She is on a glucosamine treat 2 x daily for life. He's seen lots of dog's joints get stronger from being on it he said. I stopped giving it to her a while back for some reason I can't remember. I wish I hadn't stopped it.
I suppose LP is the lesser of the evils that were going through my mind of what the problem was but I wish she didn't have it.
 

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Hey Elaine,

You might want to check into a canine chiropractor and some physical therapy for Dixie. Those two things along with diet and exercise can improve LP and maintain her knees so that she may never need surgery.

I went to Dr. Becker and she helped me set up a program to help maintain Izzy's knees so that we can avoid problems in the future.
 

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Lacie has LPs - Grade 1 which means that she doesn't need surgery at this time. I give her cosaquin and we also exercise her legs under water. She's done well considering that she will be 6 in October and has had Grade 1 since she was about 6-8 months old.

My vet is wonderful about checking them and understands LPs very well and doesn't think that surgery will probably ever be warranted for Lacie. I've got my fingers crossed.

Elaine -- I sure hope that Dixie does as well as Lacie has done. I sometime "pop" her knees out when I groom her and it worries me. Hopefully Dixie will not strain her leg for a while and give it a little time to heal. I know that's very hard to do.

Prayers and positive energy being sent to you and Dixie.
 

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Oh my little 4th of July has been having too much fun!! My two have grade 1 and so far so good. I would hope that she gets better on the pain meds and giving her the supplements. I hope she is feeling better on that knee and I will say a little prayer for Miss Dixie!!!!!
 

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I agree with Marj. If she's limping I would consult with an ortho specialist. You don't want to wait until possibly more damage is done. :)
 

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I'm sorry to hear that Dixie has LP's, but i know how worried you were and glad that it wasn't something worse. Noelle and Riley both have LP's grade 1 and has never hopped or had a problem with their knees. I give her and Riley Cosequin daily, when the vet told me about their knees i let him know that i already suspected it and started giving Cosequin daily. Give Dixie hugs and kisses from us.
 

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Aww, poor beautiful girl Dixie. Poor beautiful Mommy. You girls will both be in my prayers. I'll get to St. Patrick's and light candles as soon as I can. I bet the cosequin will help immensely.
xoxoxoxoxoxo
 

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Elaine - the metacam works wonders! Hunter is on it as a PRN for when there is inflammation in his knee from over use and it helps relax him enough each time that he is able to pop his knee back on his own. We always use it for three days in a row to ensure that he's back to normal and he stays a little restricted for 3 more (so its 6 days total if he has hurt himself). I sure do hope that Dixie gets better soon :)
 
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