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Just curious...how do you know if you pup has luxating patella? Do they show signs of discomfort or is there just a standard test that you would usally do to find out?
 

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Sometimes a dog will have a little hopping gait when running.

"Early in the course of the disease, or in mildly affected animals, a hopping or skipping action occurs. This is due to the patella luxating while the dog is moving and by giving an extra hop or skip the dog extends its stifle and is often able to replace the patella until the next luxation, when the cycle repeats."

Limping is often the first sign. Your vet can diagnose and grade the luxation. Here's some info:

http://www.bhejei.com/health-patella.htm
 

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a good vet would do it on a routine physical..but doesnt hurt to have them check..
 

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I learned that Puddles has a luxating patella just by walking him one night. He saw a rabbit and started to run, down he went on his face and started to scream. Ya, scream, it was not a bark. I ran and picked him up and he continued to scream for 5 minutes. After a visit to the ER that night, he was given meds for inflammation and told bed rest. No jumping or playing for 2 weeks. He never showed any type of problems prior to that night.

It's been 5 months now and only see him limp one other time. He's does not jump up and down on the bed any more (has steps) and when I'm playing with him, I make sure I'm sitting on the floor (no jumping up and down on sofa fast).

I was told it will return in time, but will deal with it then. He is not at the point of surgery yet.
 

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Yes our Vet told us Ruby Jean has a luxating patella also - we were suprised because we'd never noticed anything ... he says she'll need surgery in time, but for now she is ok. Were thinking of having the surgery after Christmas. Boy oh boy do I ever dread that. Thanks for the link--!!
 

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My vets always check at the begining of every routine visit along with listening to the heart, looking at the teeth, ears and eyes.
 

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My baby's luxating patellas weren't diagnosed till 1.5 yrs of age (when he hurt one of his legs while running --> limping). I really do think that his patellas were probably luxating earlier since his were bilateral (on both legs) and yet none of the 3 vets he saw up to 1.5 yrs old ever diagnosed it. Since he was hurt, I took him to another 4 vets (including a specialist) and I found that vets really greatly varied in how they diagnose patellas. I think the general vets just don't have that much practice with it or maybe they tend to overlook it? Who knows. Either way, if I were you, I wouldn't let your dog jump off and on furniture or do excessive running -- even if they don't have luxating patellas. We fixed Miko's knees for a hefty price done by a specialist and now he will have pins in them for the rest of his life!! He seems to be doing extremely well -- no limping and the recovery wasn't too bad at all after first week. So even if your baby does have luxating patellas, its not the end of the world
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Originally posted by okw@Oct 19 2005, 08:47 PM
My baby's luxating patellas weren't diagnosed till 1.5 yrs of age (when he hurt one of his legs while running --> limping).  I really do think that his patellas were probably luxating earlier since his were bilateral (on both legs) and yet none of the 3 vets he saw up to 1.5 yrs old ever diagnosed it.  Since he was hurt, I took him to another 4 vets (including a specialist) and I found that vets really greatly varied in how they diagnose patellas.  I think the general vets just don't have that much practice with it or maybe they tend to overlook it?  Who knows.  Either way, if I were you, I wouldn't let your dog jump off and on furniture or do excessive running -- even if they don't have luxating patellas.  We fixed Miko's knees for a hefty price done by a specialist and now he will have pins in them for the rest of his life!!  He seems to be doing extremely well -- no limping and the recovery wasn't too bad at all after first week.  So even if your baby does have luxating patellas, its not the end of the world
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Olga,
I remember that you had both legs done at once. I was wondering about the recovery and if it was more difficult doing both or if it seemed to be better just to get it over with at one time.

Glad that Miko's surgery was such a success. He is so handsome!
 

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Originally posted by Sassy's mommy+Oct 19 2005, 06:16 PM-->
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@Oct 19 2005, 08:47 PM
My baby's luxating patellas weren't diagnosed till 1.5 yrs of age (when he hurt one of his legs while running --> limping).  I really do think that his patellas were probably luxating earlier since his were bilateral (on both legs) and yet none of the 3 vets he saw up to 1.5 yrs old ever diagnosed it.  Since he was hurt, I took him to another 4 vets (including a specialist) and I found that vets really greatly varied in how they diagnose patellas.  I think the general vets just don't have that much practice with it or maybe they tend to overlook it?  Who knows.  Either way, if I were you, I wouldn't let your dog jump off and on furniture or do excessive running -- even if they don't have luxating patellas.  We fixed Miko's knees for a hefty price done by a specialist and now he will have pins in them for the rest of his life!!  He seems to be doing extremely well -- no limping and the recovery wasn't too bad at all after first week.  So even if your baby does have luxating patellas, its not the end of the world
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Olga,
I remember that you had both legs done at once. I was wondering about the recovery and if it was more difficult doing both or if it seemed to be better just to get it over with at one time.

Glad that Miko's surgery was such a success. He is so handsome!
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Pat,

I e-mailed you my response directly. Thanks for asking
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Originally posted by Puddles Mom@Oct 19 2005, 05:04 PM
I learned that Puddles has a luxating patella just by walking him one night. He saw a rabbit and started to run, down he went on his face and started to scream. Ya, scream, it was not a bark. I ran and picked him up and he continued to scream for 5 minutes. After a visit to the ER that night, he was given meds for inflammation and told bed rest. No jumping or playing for 2 weeks. He never showed any type of problems prior to that night.

It's been 5 months now and only see him limp one other time. He's does not jump up and down on the bed any more (has steps) and when I'm playing with him, I make sure I'm sitting on the floor (no jumping up and down on sofa fast).

I was told it will return in time, but will deal with it then. He is not at the point of surgery yet.
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I know what you mean about the scream and not bark. A few months ago, Tucker was kind of jumping around because I had his treat in my hand. When he went down he started screaming. I thought it might be luxating patella or maybe he broke something. This happened at night, so I took him to the vet the next day. His regular vet wasn't there, so a different one checked him. He did an x-ray and just said he pulled a muscle. He ran around on three legs for a couple of weeks. I took him back to the vet for something else and asked his reg. vet about his leg. He said it sounded like luxating patella to him and checked his kneecap and said he doesn't have it. He only checked that leg though and not the others.

I just wanted to let you guys know that when I posted this, it wasn't because I think Tucker has it, but just curious about it. Although it is kind of a concern of mine. Even if he doesn't have it now, I guess it could still develop, huh? Do they get it in all four legs? I sure hope I never have to worry about it. Poor thing has been thru enough already. Thanks everyone for your info.
 

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If you're really worried, you could have him checked by an orthopedic vet. But certainly have your vet check the other knee the next time your in there.

It's just the hind legs, I think, that have problems. So only two, but that's enough, huh? That surgery isn't cheap!

In the meantime, just keep him from jumping on and off things. That does a lot of damage not only to the knees, but the back, too.
 

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yes ..just the hind legs only...not patellas (knee caps) in the front legs
 
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