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This is a follow up to my previous post about my cafe aulait female miniature poodle. To recap: she came from health tested line/show breeder. She is 1.5 years old and was diagnosed with Grade 4 luxating patella in right rear leg and Legges Perthes disease in left rear leg. After a year of leg problems on the right rear-she was unable to use the leg as of April/May. After many frustrating vet appointments鈥攚e finally got referred to an orthopedic specialist vet. The surgery was performed on July 8. Toula actually walked on the leg the day after surgery! She had not been using it at all for a couple of months. We had a visit with a physical therapist who suggested some activities and exercises. The incision was long as the leg had to be rebuilt and a groove made for knee. There was a plastic film over it to keep it clean. She had to use the leg periodically throughout the day. We also had to set up an expen to keep her away from her brother and put yoga mats and bathroom mats around for non slip surfaces. She has to be on a leash when out and about. We have had a few setbacks, but overall it went better than I expected. I, however, am worn out. She has to be watched at all times! Some challenges now that we are walking are nice but off leash neighborhood dogs that come running up to visit causing me to pick her up and strain my back 馃様. Also鈥攊ts so hot here in Florida鈥攁nd there are a million lizards and frogs scurrying about!!! That distracts her on our walks 馃 馃惛!!! The goal is to get her used to putting weight on that leg for when we have to address the issue on the other side . We have a ways to go鈥攂ut she can trot now using all four legs. I will attempt to post a picture of the incision鈥攚hich has healed quickly .
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This is a follow up to my previous post about my cafe aulait female miniature poodle. To recap: she came from health tested line/show breeder. She is 1.5 years old and was diagnosed with Grade 4 luxating patella in right rear leg and Legges Perthes disease in left rear leg. After a year of leg problems on the right rear-she was unable to use the leg as of April/May. After many frustrating vet appointments鈥攚e finally got referred to an orthopedic specialist vet. The surgery was performed on July 8. Toula actually walked on the leg the day after surgery! She had not been using it at all for a couple of months. We had a visit with a physical therapist who suggested some activities and exercises. The incision was long as the leg had to be rebuilt and a groove made for knee. There was a plastic film over it to keep it clean. She had to use the leg periodically throughout the day. We also had to set up an expen to keep her away from her brother and put yoga mats and bathroom mats around for non slip surfaces. She has to be on a leash when out and about. We have had a few setbacks, but overall it went better than I expected. I, however, am worn out. She has to be watched at all times! Some challenges now that we are walking are nice but off leash neighborhood dogs that come running up to visit causing me to pick her up and strain my back 馃様. Also鈥攊ts so hot here in Florida鈥攁nd there are a million lizards and frogs scurrying about!!! That distracts her on our walks 馃 馃惛!!! The goal is to get her used to putting weight on that leg for when we have to address the issue on the other side . We have a ways to go鈥攂ut she can trot now using all four legs. I will attempt to post a picture of the incision鈥攚hich has healed quickly .
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I am so happy to hear she is doing well! That sounds completely exhausting but I am sure it will pay off in the end. I am also in south Florida and can attest to the critters. Misha's latest mission is to discover what happens if he pokes one of the giant land crabs. My mission is to not find out.

Please keep us updated! She looks darling though I'm sure she can't wait to be free again.
 

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Ah that chicken leg, glad you both are doing well. My Beatrice had bilateral luxating patellas, ruptured her cruciates in her left leg at 16 months so they repaired the tear and the luxating patella in that leg and just shy of three years her right knee was grade 4 so had that knee repaired.
It is tiring keep your pup quiet.
So worth it when they can be a young dog again
 
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