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On Tuesday Miss Sophie had her x-rays of her knee's and hips. At our veterinary clinic, Dr. Leinhard is the one that deals with ortho issue's. On that same day, the specialist from L.A. was down to do consults.

The good news is that there are no bony abnormalities. So far no damage. Her problem is that the grooves for her knee joint are very small. She has grade 2 luxating patella's. They explained that over time more problems can develop up to and including her ACL. Of course they recommended surgery on both knees. She said Sophie is really not in pain. The pain starts more once the ligaments and bony abnormalities become involved.

The very next day, Riley one of my goldens had an appointment for his rabies shot. I asked my regular vet Dr. Bonham about Sophie and what she recommends. I had a few people here that mentioned that Cosequin has helped their dogs. Dr. Bonham said that there is a newer med named Dosequin (sp.?) and it has some herb in it, I can't remember at the moment. She said surgery is not something I have to rush into. Medically speaking, surgery is what they have to recommend because she says Sophie would have better quality of life later on. Right now, it is ok to try other options.

Here is my thing with surgery. I have mentioned previously all that we went through with my first golden Jake. After he passed away, I searched and found an excellent breeder in northern CA. I did my homework on the lines and health and longevity were very important to me as well as temperament, etc. Riley's daddy had OFA excellent hips and his mom had good. I even researched back into the lineage. Anyway, when we got Ri, he was nine months old. We scheduled to get him neutered right away. The vet recommends to x-ray his hips and of course after what happened with my Jake, I wanted to know. Well, to make a long story short, Riley wound up seeing the ortho doc and they recommended TPO. We decided against it and Riley will soon be 8 years old. He has never (knock on wood) shown any signs of problems with his hips. He acts like a puppy! So, I really think putting him through a surgery would have been wrong.

I am at a loss as to what to do. I know for sure we will not do anything right now with the holidays and everything. Sorry I talked your ear off. :blush: Just wanted to update and could use advise. :thumbsup:
 

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I really can't offer any advice ... but know you have Sophies best interest at heart ... and that is what counts! :wub:

HUGz! Jules
 

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I do, I love that little girl so much! I think the doctor's get surgery happy sometimes though and I just don't want to rush into anything. Give Poppy smooches from Sophie and me. :)

I really can't offer any advice ... but know you have Sophies best interest at heart ... and that is what counts! :wub:

HUGz! Jules
 

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Don't know whether or not you've read this Sticky Post from Dr. Jaimie (she's an SM member that is a Vet in Louisiana and has 4 malts of her own). Her advice is very good.

http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/52-maltese-health-behavior/92645-grading-luxating-patellas-dr-jaimie.html

I would not, personally, do surgery with Grade 2 LPs. Just what I would do.

Just to clarify, that is actually an article from Marvistavet, not Jaimie herself. It's an excellent one, though.

If Sophie were mine, with a grade 2 I'd try the Cosequin and closely monitor her.
 

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Becky - so sorry to hear that about Sophie. I don't blame you for not jumping into knee surgery unless the LP is really presenting itself. JMO. I hope the supplements will work.
 
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