Post by anko on Dec 27, 2014 20:36:48 GMT
Hi everyone I'm new to this forum and should probably do an introduction post at some point!
For now... I'm asking if anyone has experience with luxating patella in their dogs... and preferably, those who have dogs with luxating patella's but chose to not have them operated on.
I have a now 10 year old terrier. Around 2 1/2 years ago, he was diagnosed with luxating patella in his rear left leg. At the time the vet diagnosed it as a 'medium' level two... with the help of physio work and exercises, it came down to a low level one.
It now generally only 'pops' out of place if he's walking quickly on long grass or if his body is slightly twisted before moving off. It pops back in immediately without any issues. However on an average walk it can pop out of place anywhere between 3-6 times depending on where we walk & the terrain plus his activity.
I chose to not have him operated on. The vet advised that with the aid of supplements, strength building exercises and control exercise, it can be managed. He is also reactive to strangers and although is much better than when we first rescued him all those many years ago, he still finds the vet touching him very stressful. He also detests the whole vet practice environment (working on this separately).
I have to say though that I'm not overly impressed with my vet and am currently looking around at others. Whilst I'm doing that, I thought I'd seek others who have had experience with luxating patella.
It doesn't seem to affect him in anyway... he will run, run and run as well as try to investigate everything in the long grass. Though he has never been fat, I have taken some weight off him and am really happy with his current weight. He has a back on track coat which he wears every night for three weeks and then has one week off (not sure if they actually do anything but can't lose anything by it!). He was given green lipped mussel on recommendation from a friend. We ran out on this a couple of days ago but have been thinking of switching over to riaflex. We do strength building, balance work etc. around 3-4 times weekly plus I'm toying with the idea of hydrotherapy.
My worries are that he is in pain (I say worry... I mean slightly obsess!) even though the vet said at the time it doesn't cause pain to the dog (which I'm not sure I really believe in?!).
I also worry that the activities we do, will make it worse. He's a very active 10 year old and if I take both of my boys out he will always try to keep up with his younger brother from another mother (3 year BC).
Basically I'm a completely worry wart! If anyone could offer their experience, I would be most grateful.
Have attached a photo of the gorgeous boy himself.