I need some advice.. My sister's dog Palbert (also a Maltese) hurt his leg the day before Thanksgiving and she took him to the emergency clinic and they sent him home saying he was fine. Well, his leg started acting up again on Friday so we took him into our usual vet clinic but saw a different vet than we usually see (our guy was on vacation.) Well, long story short, he has between a grade 2 and 3 luxating patella and the vet said it probably locked on him and that's why he was limping around and that would continue to be a problem he'd face.He recommended surgery because the problem is not going to get better but it wasn't bad enough to have to do it immediately... he warned that if he were to jump off the couch or the bed and land wrong he could blow out his knee and mess up his cruciate ligament.. which would obviously be a much worse problem. We just don't know whether to get it done now or later and if we should let this vet that he saw yesterday do the surgery or if she should have our normal vet do the surgery. I'm also wondering if we should get a second opinion about it.. Palbert is only 8 months old. Is there any reason why we should wait before having it done? Have any of you had this surgery on your dog? How was the recovery? Do they have any problems with that knee now? Any advice would be very much appreciated.