Well, I had asked about luxating patellas last month when my Boston, Lucy was first diagnosed. We have had consulatations with the surgeon from our vet, and a specialist about an hour away. They both agreed with the original diagnosis, only difference that they said it was between a class 2 and 3 instead of 3 and 4. Still requiring surgery, so today's the day. She will have the surgery this afternoon. Being a Boston, she is a very active little girl, and I know you have to keep their movements very limited. She hasn't been crated in probably 6 months and sleeps in our bed now. Is she going to be really sad being stuck in a crate a lot? Will she be more lethargic after the surgery or will the energy level be the same? I'm hoping she'll be a little subdued. Oh, also, she may have a surgery to shorten her soft palate while she's sedated (she has some lovely regurgitation issues too). They will see if she's a good candidate during the patella surgery. Anyway, they said if she does have the palate surgery too, she would need to eat soft food at first so she doesn't irritate it. What would be a good soft food just for a short time? Will it make her stomach upset switching foods like that? Thanks for any help.
***Edited By: iluvlucy on 10/26/2007 3:21:12 PM*** Reason: grammar
Unfortunately, you will have a hard time keeping her quiet and still. She's probably going to act like nothing happened, and no, she will not like the crate. Have you contacted the breeder where you got Lucy from (I have a Lucy too) and told them about both conditions? If they do the palate surgery just buy a really good quality canned food, someone else on here will know that, because I don't use it.The elongated palate is genetic, and they should know about it. Good luck with your little girl, especially keeping her inactive!
Yes, we have told the "breeder" about all of Lucy's conditions. I have been obsessed with this forum since I found it (I am much less productive @ work now) and now would not really call them breeders. Their Bostons just had baby Bostons, but Lucy was in their last litter. They have since neutered the male, so there will be no more puppies. I would definitely go through a reputable breeder next time, but I am glad that we got Lucy, because at least she's taken care of with us. But, it has been a lot of work and trips to the vet. And, I'm glad they're not "breeding" anymore.
I agree w/ Pen, you will probably have a hard time w/ her in the crate, although maybe not the first day or two, between sedation, and any pain pills they give her. I don't know of any canned foods, I would check w/ your local pet store for a higher quality one. My prayers are w/ you and lucy and hope all goes well.
Just out of curiosity, did you ever ask the 'breeder' if he had the parents of Lucy OFA'd? Unless she jumped from an ungodly height, or was injured in some other form, that's a bad degree of luxation at her age, indicating that the parents patellas are weak too.What kind of health guarantee did you get when you bought Lucy? I would ask for a refund based on the elongated palate, to cover part of the expense of the patella surgery. Have you spoken to the 'breeder' about this?
I hope all goes well w/the surgery and recovery. We orginally were told Poookie's problem was LP, turned out the problems were something very different; myelitis and cancer, yes, he has a bit of LP in one of the legs, but surgeon said it was grade 1, and has no problems from it, so it's been set aside.
I know it will be hard to keep her confined, Pookie's been on strict rest these last 2 weeks (recoverying from cancer tumor removal) and slowly has been picking up pace. Usually the first 2-3 days they are very lethragic, and then they start feeling better. Good luck and speedy recovery for Lucy!
Well, we finally got to pick Lucy up late Sat. night. They had to keep her a little longer because they did do the palate surger- a uvulectomy. Also, they took out her tonsils, which I never even thought of them doing on dogs, but leave it to Lucy. The vet said her tonsils were enlarged and also may have been part of the problem with the regurgitation. So, hopefully after the swelling goes down she will be able to drink water like a normal dog and keep it down. Pen, the people we got Lucy from live in our neighborhood, and we did not receive any health guarantee. They said none of their other dogs have had knee problems. I agree that Lucy is very young to have that bad of a luxation, and there was nothing really crazy that happened to her to set it off. First time I noticed it, she was just playing with me in the house. So, I would guess there would have to be some genetic predisposition. As well as with the elongated palate. As far as if they were OFA'd, I would assume no. But not sure. My main concern was that they would not be "breeding" anymore, and that should not be an issue. But, I feel bad since they live in our neighborhood, and we didn't get a health guarantee, so we will probably just bite the bullet on cost. But, thanks for the idea. If it was anyone else, I would probably try, because the price was pretty steep, especially having 3 surgeries done. But, Lucy's worth it. I just feel bad she's had so many problems. She's been pretty lethargic so far since the surgeries, so she hasn't been hard to keep still. I'm sure that will change soon. I think the part that makes her the saddest is being in her crate at night instead of in bed with us. She woke us up about every hour whining last night. Poor baby. Thanks for the input and I'll keep you posted.
How's Lucy recovering from her surgery? Pacino had his patella surgery last May, it was a very stressful period, but he had a full recovery in approximately 4 weeks. To help him sleep at night I put the crate at the bed level next to my bed and would pet him to sleep and then closed the door. It certainly sounds weird, but it worked for us.
Lucy's doing pretty well, she has become accustomed to sleeping in her crate. We put it in our room so she can still see us. She whines occasionally, but I just say, "no Lucy, lay down" and she does right away. Yeah! But, yes, it is a very stressful time. It's like having a little baby puppy all over again. Constant supervision. Our house is a wreck from Lucy-proofing it. We took all the couch cushions off and leaned them against the couch so she can't jump on it. We have a baby gate that we close off the stairs with. We shoved the coffee table against another couch so when she's up there with us, she can't jump off. But, she's getting along okay. She doesn't seem to be in pain, just a little confused as to why she no longer has free reign of the house. She's also started having more problems with her regurgitation. She was fine on the canned food for the first week, but now she is regurgitating it up A LOT! It was 5-6 times yesterday and the day before, I don't know why it would be that bad now after doing fine the first week. She goes back Thursday for her 2 week check up, hopefully that will be good news. Thanks for thinking of us.