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i just went to the vet for rylees shots and check up and the Dr. said he has a Class 2 Luxated Patella on his left back knee (which is a knee problem which cost $700 dollars for surgrey which he will need when he gets around 5yrs old) Dads prolly gonna FREAK :eek:
when he hears this news! i have to start saving my money! lol by then i hope i get a good job!... does any of yalls babys have that?? did yall go through the surgrey?? if so tell me about it!

Sarah and Rylee!

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Lexi has not quit a grade 1 in both back knees. I was told it could get worse or it might now.

Luxating Patellas
What is it?
Most small breeds of dogs can be susceptible to luxating patellas, or as it is also called, floating kneecaps. This means that the ligaments holding the kneecap are loose, and the joint isn't as deeply grooved as it should be.The knee cap of the rear legs slips in and out if its groove. It can cause pain and lameness. A vet can diagnose this problem during a routine checkup. A diagnosis of luxating patellas can mean anything from no restriction of activity at all, to quite debilitating. Fortunately, most of the time the condition is less severe. Even a severe case can be treated with surgery.

This condition only affects the rear legs. Some of the things you may notice are: back toes pointed in, dog sometimes carries one of the back legs, or occasionally does a skip-hop on one of the back legs, difficulty straightening the knee, back legs appear bowed or dog walks with a limp. Your vet can palpate your dog's patellas without anesthesia and it takes only a minute or two. It usually does not cause the dog discomfort. Once you know your dog has Luxating Patella, the next vital piece of information is the grade of abnormality. Here is a very brief rundown of the grades of luxation:

    * Grade 1 - Almost normal, and often little or no noticeable gait abnormality. The patella can only be moved out of place manually with the leg extended. Luxation resolves spontaneously when pressure is removed.
    * Grade 2 - Patella goes out of place when the joint flexes and generally stays out until pushed back in place manually or dog can usually put it back into place by straightening the leg. These dogs usually have a gait abnormailty.
    * Grade 3 - Patella is luxated most of the time but can be pushed into place with the limb in extension.
    * Grade 4 - Patella is out of place all of the time and can be pushed back into place manually. This grade is almost always the result of truama and is uncommon.

Treatment Options
You will need to make an informed decision about your dog's treatment depending on the grade of luxation and the age and general health of your dog. All dogs with luxating patellas can benefit from taking the following steps:

    * Convervative Treatment:
          o Watch your dog's weight. By keeping her at a lean, healthy weight, you are doing much to lessen the strain on her knee ligaments.
          o Be careful of allowing her to exercise on slippery floors. Put down area rugs on smooth floors so she can have a good grip and not fear having one of her back legs slip.
          o Never encourage begging tricks or jumping.
          o Don't allow her to jump down off of things. If you allow your dog on the couch or bed, put in an intermediate "step" of a low footstool and teach her to always go up and down this way.
      Most dogs with this condition will learn to limit their activities by themselves. But some of the young boisterous ones will need to be taught what behavior they should not do to prevent further deterioration.

    * Surgery
      If the dog shows no symptoms of pain and is only limping intermittently, surgery is usually not recommended. This can also depend on the age of the dog. There are different corrective surgeries out now depending on the degree of luxation. The traditional corrective surgery involves (usually done on Grades 3 & 4) deepening the groove in the femur and/or realigning the tendon. The surgery itself will often cause arthritis to set in and the recovery time is long, involving weeks of crate rest for the dog followed up by physical therapy. There are new surgeries being done that are highly successful in treating Grade 2-3 luxation in younger dogs. They are a lot less invasive than the traditional surgery and the dog is usually walking within a day or two with weeks of home physical therapy.

      If your vet is strongly recommending surgery, please get a second opinion. This type of surgery should only be done by an orthopedic specialist who has done several of these surgeries. You are your dog's advocate and it's up to you to make the best possible informed decision for your dog. There are several factors to consider:

          o The risk of anesthesia in small dogs
          o Age of your dog
          o Invasiveness of surgery, and long term effects
          o Success rate for recommended surgery
          o Cost (can be as much as $500 per leg)
          o Recovery time - depending on the surgery can be days or months.
          o How many of these surgeries your vet has done. Ask for referrals from other clients if that is what it takes to make you comfortable.
          o What does your dog think? Seriously though, if she is not exhibiting any signs of pain and just walks a little funny or does a little hop/skip now and then, really think if you are improving her quality of life overall by putting her through major surgery.


Luxating Patellas are very common in small breeds. They are not life threatening and you should take your time to evaluate treatment options for your dog. Many dogs do fine with conservative treatment, especially older dogs as chances are that she has been living with these knees for quite some time. If your vet wants to rush into an expensive, highly invasive surgery on your 8-year old dog, it's time to get another opinion! Do your research, talk with a very experienced orthopedic vet and make a balanced, informed decision based on the quality of life you will be giving your dog.[/B]

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trust me, in 5 can get a summer job...and work your butt off and you can pay for it.

im working and in one month i can make $1,000 and its part time.

PM me and i can tell you more about it.

OH, and $700??? i'm gonna have to pay $1500 per knee.

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lol can't say you werent warned

just kidding. i'm so sorry~!!! i hope your dad doesn't freak.
maybe you should take him to another doctor to check it out?

also, does your state have puppy lemon laws? if the patella luxation thing is hereditary, your breeder might have to pay for the surgery since you found out so soon after getting her.

ask marj (ladysmom) - she knows a lot about stuff like this
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