My sweet little one year old Pom was just diagnosed with bilateral luxating patella. I could just cry. This last week he has been running on three legs 75% of the time. I had noticed that he did that the last couple of months, but only rarely. I did not have a clue his problem was so severe. When I called the breeder to let her know (so that she might consider not breeding the parents again) she informed me that she has been talking to many other breeders and they don't think it is an inherited trait. In fact, they are feeding their dogs and puppies MSM,glucosomine or something called New Vet Plus to strengthen their ligaments & muscles. My vet said there is nothing he knows of to restore this condition except surgery. Does anyone else out there have any opinions? Please help, I have a surgery date set for July 11.
***Edited By: Sassycat on 6/29/2005 6:55:23 PM*** Reason: Cancel
It can depend on each individual case with the inheritance aspect. First, even though you may love your vet, I always recommend getting a second opinion from another vet from another clinic. Just like you or I would do if it were us needing surgery. Vets differ in opinions and also in treatments-so you may get a different suggestion from another vet. Always a good thing to consider. Next, depending on how you feel, you could put off the date-unless the vets' opinions sya it is crucial now and research some supplements. They will help ease the condition, but I really dont' believe they will totally repair it. I'm not sure if I can do this or not, but companies like Dr Foster and Smith and KV Vet have wonderful lines of supplements that may work out well for you. And lastly, while making your decision, keep the irritation down. Watch the time spent on concrete and other hard surfaces, jumping off furniture,etc. This may help her ease some of the discomfort. Best wishes
I'm sorry for your situation. Myshadow gives some excellent suggestions. It sounds like your breeder is in a state of denial and definitely is not someone I'd ever recommend. If you havent' done so, considering having your dog x-rayed and the results sent into OFA. They will post the results on line and then other people have a chance of seeing your dog's lines and knowing that the breeder isn't doing right. Did your puppy come with any kind of heatlh guarantee or contract?
My roomie's dad got a dog with LP from a reputable JRT breeder. It was uncertain if the dog had been abused, rough housed by other dogs or if it was inherited. The original owner took the dog to a homeopathic vet and the dog got worse. When the breeder saw the dog she took ownership back and didn't know what to do. Because my roomie's dad is a vet, they figured he would more easily incur the expenses to fix her LP issues.
The dog has decent mobility, and surgery wouldn't give her any more than she has already. She has like 95% mobility, but when she runs I've noticed she runs on three legs.
I personally would get another consult opinion. There is different severity, some of which surgery doesn't benefit much.
Sassy, so sorry you're having to face this problem. The little girl we adopted for my mom from the shelter (she was just about 9-10 weeks old when we got her) ended up with luxation in both of her hind legs (one far worse than the other).
The one leg ended up being out of place 100% of the time within a very short period and required surgery ASAP.
We paid $1,400.00 to have surgery done. The surgery went well and Nikki is on the road to recovery.
Nikki is just over a year old. She had to have the knee basically re-constructed. The vet has seen a vast improvement in the other leg, with not having to take all the stress on it and thinks surgery might be avoided for a second time.
She is also on glucosimine/condroiten (probably screwed THAT spelling up terribly).
Since you purchased your pup from a breeder, you did the right thing in notifying the breeder. Sorry you received such a non-supportive reply!
i dont know too much about it but i have seen dogs both have the surgery and not have it and seeing the end results i would go for the surgery. one tiny poodle we had as a client had LP and the owners opted not to do the surgery because of other health issues the dog had such as a severe heart murmur. well when the dog got older she could not walk anymore on her rear legs. she walked on her knees. she reminded me of how a bat walks when on the ground. at that point the owners decided to go ahead with the surgery. the dog made it thru the surgery but died a few weeks later from the other issues she had NOT from the LP surgery. dogs having the surgery often return to 100 percent if not near a 100 percent. but they are at an increased risk of developing arthritis in those knees at an earlier age. so putting your dog on a glucosamine, chondroiton msm supplement is something you should do either way for the lifetime of the pet.
I have a "rescued" sheltie with LP. Zoey hasn't had her surgery yet (I'm looking at about $1800.00) as she was about 5 lbs overweight (since her legs were bothering her she wasn't getting enough excercise - the excess weight was making the LP worse... vicious cycle) and we have to keep the weight off for about 6 months before my vet wants to do the surgery as the weight problem would slow down her healing. She is on Cosequin (which is a joint suplement) and it is helping a lot. I'm still going to have the surgery done as she is 4 years old and I imagine with age that arthritis and other problems will become an issue if I don't tackle it soon.
I say Zoey was "rescued" because she was from a very - um - low quality breeder. I mentioned something to her when I found out (since it is in both Zoey's legs it is something she was born with and not trama induced) and the breeder basically hung up on me. Some breeders don't care as long as they get their money. I know Poms have a higher LP risk - and I would imagine that any Pom breeder would put X-raying patellas as a high priority...
hi sassycat! I have two pomeranians whom both have the problem of the luxating patella in the hind legs. I talked to my vet and he told me there were lots of options out there you can do to help not worsten the problem. One thing is weight, make sure your pomeranian is not over-weight. Also some supplements such as glucosamine chondrotin helps with fluidity in the joints and will also help with inflammation, which might be a good option. Also drs foster and smith have the chicken jerky for sale, with the option of glucosamine added, so you might want to think about that. And he also told me surgery is another option, but it's up to you. Good luck with anything you choose!