It appears the our lovely Akita female, Kobe, has inherited some knee problems. X-rays reveal her knee caps are sliding to the side. The diagnosis appears to be patellar luxation. If anyone has also experience such with their Akita, can you please advise if surgery occurred? Was it successful in repairing? Is the dog better, stronger as a consequence or prone to re-injury? And advise or comments is appreciated. Thanks.
Greetins from Portland, Maine-My 1 year old Akita, Buddha, had the opertion 3 weeks ago. In our case the operation is needed on both knees (because both knees were slipping out of their sockets) but he just had the right one done. After the first couple of days he started limping around and before the week was up he was actually walking pretty good. Then on the morning of the 6th day he lost his balance on the ice outside (he was just out to relieve himself) and bent his leg the wrong way! Took him to the vet surgeon, had xrays that showed the kneecap was in place and the damage was not too bad and it looked like it would heal ok. It didn't! I have to take him in tomorrow to have the operation again (this time, instead of pins a screw and washer are going to be used). The toughest part is trying to keep them inactive--we have 2 and they are forever playing rough and now we have to keep them separated for another 8 weeks! The worst part is seeing him in pain after the operation--pain medication only lasts so long.And of course the price is astronomical! Good luck with whatever you decide on
I thought that only small breeds were prone to that. I guess any dog can get it. Oh! The poor thing! He must be in so much pain. I suggest getting them surgically fixed, and trying glucosamine treats, bones, and supplements. They also make food with added glucosamine. I have never actually had an Akita, but I do know that many dogs need sergury at least once in their life time. I here the success rate is low, since the knee cap can slip back out again pretty easily, but I may be wrong. I would say that your dog would be a lot better after surgery. Give your boy a big hug for me! Hope he feels better!