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my groomer questioned my 5 1/2 month old mini and soundness. ( now 6 months ) Made an appt. right away and this week was consult. grade 2 in left leg and 3 in right. . vet said good thing is she is young, but very tight in the hips like she was squeezing them to keep knees in place. Have a PT consult tomorrow. She said PT is best right now and go from there. XRAY's scheduled , plus second opinion. I have only seen her favor each leg once and that was over a week ago, otherwise seemed normal. SO scared about this and her future. Talking to breeder tonight. crying a lot. Attached to this pup even tho she is a stinker at times. Afraid every time she starts running or jumping. Any input would be greatly appreciated. :)
 

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One of my foster dogs had patella problem in both legs. X-rays showed the extent. A vet specialist told me that they can do surgery to correct the problem. However, this poor girl's condition was so bad that he said the correction would not hold. He also said that it was so sever because of poor nutrition as a puppy (puppy mill born and stayed to produce more poorly bred puppies). I am not saying your breeder didn't feed the mother and puppies well, it is probably genetic. Also, this sparkly girl's patella problem was quite obvious. I imagine something can be done for your girl.
 

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The important thing to remember is that in general, a luxating patella is not a death sentence, so take a breath. This video helps explain it much better than I can. It's likely that the grade 3 leg will need surgery, as it is probably the reason that she is squeezing the hips, since the groove is very shallow at that point. However, the grade 2 one may either never need surgery or only be a problem later in life, however, I would probably go ahead with the surgery if you are doing the other leg, just in case. You should also note that your girl is still growing, so there is the possibility that the joints will correct themselves, maybe not to the extent that it goes away, but at least the issue might be smaller.

The best thing you can do for her now is help to build the muscle around the knee so that it helps keep it in place. You can do this just by going on walks. I also give my Fluffy, who has mild luxation in both knees, glucosamine chews. Maybe they work, and maybe they don't, but it certainly makes me feel a lot better and more in control. I would not let her jump on furniture or the like, and would also try to carry her on stairs if possible, just to reduce the amount of stress on the joints. You could also try a doggy mattress specifically designed to cushion joints.
 

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One of my foster dogs had patella problem in both legs. X-rays showed the extent. A vet specialist told me that they can do surgery to correct the problem. However, this poor girl's condition was so bad that he said the correction would not hold. He also said that it was so sever because of poor nutrition as a puppy (puppy mill born and stayed to produce more poorly bred puppies). I am not saying your breeder didn't feed the mother and puppies well, it is probably genetic. Also, this sparkly girl's patella problem was quite obvious. I imagine something can be done for your girl.
thank you, good diet, so don't think it is from that. I'm hoping xray's will give more information on what is going on.
 

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The important thing to remember is that in general, a luxating patella is not a death sentence, so take a breath. This video helps explain it much better than I can. It's likely that the grade 3 leg will need surgery, as it is probably the reason that she is squeezing the hips, since the groove is very shallow at that point. However, the grade 2 one may either never need surgery or only be a problem later in life, however, I would probably go ahead with the surgery if you are doing the other leg, just in case. You should also note that your girl is still growing, so there is the possibility that the joints will correct themselves, maybe not to the extent that it goes away, but at least the issue might be smaller.

The best thing you can do for her now is help to build the muscle around the knee so that it helps keep it in place. You can do this just by going on walks. I also give my Fluffy, who has mild luxation in both knees, glucosamine chews. Maybe they work, and maybe they don't, but it certainly makes me feel a lot better and more in control. I would not let her jump on furniture or the like, and would also try to carry her on stairs if possible, just to reduce the amount of stress on the joints. You could also try a doggy mattress specifically designed to cushion joints.
 

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thank you, big breath :) have cushioned stair to couch and always uses them. Rugs on wood floors have been added. Rarely take her out with the other dogs. Will carry her on stairs which is only to the basement that does'nt get used a lot by me. PT should help also for building muscle and relaxing tendons, ligaments, that might be tight. will look at video. thank you for that:) vet said cosoquin (sp) DS is best for cartilage. Going to put her on that.
 

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My girl Beatrice had bilateral luxating patellas discovered when she was a similar age to your pup. I told to keep her fit, do knee strengthening exercises and have her take supplements. The hope as stated is for the pups to outgrow the condition. Beatrice eventually ruptured the cruciates ligament in one knee at 16 months, she slipped jumping up and down on a wood floor. That one knee was graded 3 so they surgically repaired both, her other knee was surgically repaired at just shy of three years that one was graded 4 at the time. Beatrice recovered well
 

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You’ve had good advice. Make sure you also have stairs to climb on the couch.

One of my dogs has grade 2 patella supposedly (it oddly popped up at an appointment when he was 6 years old) and he uses the stairs to go on the couch. Beckie doesn’t, she jumps. I bought some cushioned stairs (hard to explain) that should be delivered in November and I’m hoping she’ll like those better than the plastic ones and use them. Even though she doesn’t have problems, I fond the couch is too high and I’m afraid in a few years she’ll have destroyed her patellas.

I wish you the best with your baby. Try not to worry too much, it’s a very common condition and if worse comes to worst, surgeries have a very good success rate.
 

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thank you all for responding. PT was Monday and she graded her a 1 on both knees. Will have PT once a week and I have 4 exercises to do with her to strengthen her back end. Xrays will be taken the first week of November. Vet recommended Coseqen (sp) DS. Any other suggestions??
 

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thank you all for responding. PT was Monday and she graded her a 1 on both knees. Will have PT once a week and I have 4 exercises to do with her to strengthen her back end. Xrays will be taken the first week of November. Vet recommended Coseqen (sp) DS. Any other suggestions??
That is excellent news, and much better than grades 2 and 3! I think that sounds like a very good plan, and don't really have anything else to add, but I'm very happy to hear that it's not as big as a problem as previously thought!
 

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keep your pup safe on slick surfaces like tile and wood floors, use area area in high traffic areas
I used ramps and stairs to my furniture
 
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