My English Bulldog Smudge got diagnosed with a cruciate ligament and we took him to a specialist and he ended up getting rediagnosed with a stage 2 luxating patella and he is in for surgery right now, I am scared of what is to come, they assured me it happens to pets all the time and he will be fine but I just worry he is such a good boy I hate to see him in pain, he just turned 1 year old and has been through alot like hip dysplasia (on the same side as his bad knee), cherry eye, soft palate removel, was very very sick when I bought him, ear problems,skin problems, does anyone else have an english bulldog that has gone through this and what should I expect when he gets home and in the next few weeks?
My Spencer Earl who is 10 mos was diagnosed with a grade 3 luxating patella and is scheduled for surgery on November 5th. I am terrified of both the surgery and the recovery. Spencer is incredibly active and I can't imagine keeping him confined for a period of weeks and he has never been in a cage.
I did get some comfort reading some of the posts but it is always different when it is yours that is going through an issue. I am glad for all the positive stories. I am keeping my fingers cross when it is time for Spencer's surgery.
My 10 month old Boston Terrier was diagnosed with stage 2/3 but when he was opened up it was changed to a stage 4, to add to this he is bow legged causing pressure on the knee cap causing it to luxate, he had surgery on April 7th, they had to cut and move bone so that the knee would align correctly, he seems to be doing fine. My question is, has anyone who is doing in home PT felt any popping in the knee?? If so is this normal??
louis, my 9 year old yorkie, is having surgery on his left knee on friday. he's a grade 3, almost 4. kneecap is never in place. he's been a grade 3 for years but only in the last few months has he started limping & acting like it bothers him. so, to surgery we go. i'm most anxious about the post-surgery experience! i have another yorkie, lexi, who's 3 yrs old and extremely active. she is so attached to louis, i know she will have the hardest time leaving him alone as he recovers. anyway - when you guys say you kept your pup in the crate the first few weeks, do you mean all day every day? meals in the crate, too? (which reminds me, should i expect a loss of appetite?) those of you with small dogs that had this done, did you just carry them outside to pee, or did you have a sling? the owner of my favorite pet products store (amy at unleashed in raleigh nc) suggested a toy - busy buddy - for louis while he's crate-bound. it's supposed to stimulate the mind while they have nothing else to do. i hope he likes it. anyway - any specifics about after surgery care would be much appreciated! i'll post again after the surgery. btw - in raleigh nc, at bowman animal hospital (awesome place), the surgery is $1200 for one knee and is being done by an orthopedic surgeon. this includes staying overnight the 1st night.
Hi, i have a 1yr old Papillon. she has just been diagnosed with 2 rear patellar luxations. Her left is worse than her right. i would say they are a Level 2-3. Me and my partner are discussing surgery as the vet suggested. I just want to know if anyone has experience with any papillons having this condition and had/not had surgery and what their outcome was & if it is really worth the surgery. When the patella pops out it does not cause her any pain at the moment & has been going on for about 2-3 months. I think her condition is genetic rather than Trauma. Thanks guys!! x
My babygirl Honey is having surgery 2row on her right knee. Which is in stage 2. I honestly dont think i could more worried. She is a 9 month old chihuahua and I deliver her myself. I have both mommy and daddy, and when her brother died during birth i couldnt bare to see her leave me or her family! I bet i have called the doctor at least 5 times asking this or that. I am pretty sure it was hurt while at a friends house. Mom and dad have never showed any signs. I waited about a month because she wasnt limping all the time. Then i had someone email me about this luxating Patella. Had her at the doctors the following Monday. My fear was confirmed in the first 2 minutes. My next thought was how im going to come up with 400 to 700 dollars in a hurry?! I heard about a credit card just for med bills. "Carecredit" gave me 500 with no interest in credit. 2row i drop her off at 9:30AM and im not sure if they are going to keep her overnight or what. Thankfully my doctor is very understanding about me being worried and is going to call me when she is done to gave me an update. Pray for my babygirl! Ill keep update on progress. *Worried Mother*
My little boy Presley had his left leg done last May and his right done 4 weeks later. Presley is a 3 year old chihuahua mix. Once we had the first surgery, his right knee became so bad that it was seldom in place so we decided to go ahead and do the other. It has been six months and Presley is moving around but he walks very bow legged and it looks hard for him at times. I wanted to know if anyone else experienced this slow of a recovery? Should i do some special PT? His knee's are both in place, thank heavens!, but he just walks crocked. Thanks for any advice!!
Question for the group - my dog has been diagnosed with this issue in both legs. Her right leg is now at stage 3. Sheís 5 years old.
We found out about the issue about a year and a half ago when her leg would get stuck ... she'd limp for a second and then it would go back into place. This only lasted for a few days, intermittingly. (Of course once we took her to the vet, she stopped having the issue). She was diagnosed with luxating patella but since that time she hasnít limped again in the last year and half. She signs no issues of pain at all, even after extensive exercise...she is a very active pitbull/black lab mix. I'm concerned about putting her through surgery if itís unnecessary. The surgeonís weíve seen have quoted above $3,500 per leg and I donít really feel are listening to the fact that she isnít in pain or limping at all. Has anyone held off in surgery like this (knowing that it will most likely be inevitable at some point) If yes, what was your experience?
Other thoughts and experiences will be very helpful.
I have a 14 month old, 47 pound, very tall/ lanky Labrador-Greyhound mix that I am training and fostering for "Panhandle Animal Lovers" (PAL), a TRUE No-Kill shelter in Crestview, Florida. It took only a few weeks for her to go down from the first signs of knee luxation. She is having surgery on BOTH knees as I write this. This is a "Quality of LIfe" issue plain and simple.
queenfajita: If after 1-1/2 years your dog is showing no signs of pain or limping after one episode, it is my opinion as a dog handler/trainer, that you should not put your dog through this. However- your Vererinarian may know something you don't. Ask a LOT of question or possibly get a second opinion.
Orthopedic Surgeons are very good at what they do and this, in my opinion, is NOT a surgery just any Veterinarian is qualified to perform. Again- "Quality of LIfe" after surgery is critical.
The cost is wide and varied. Contact a local shelter for a referral. They will be more than happy to help you locate a good surgeon at a fair price if your Vet cannot put you in contact with such a surgeon.
As custodians for our dogs, it is our duty to provide the best life we can and to keep them out of harms way. This is but a small part of that committment. Kudos to all on this site for recognizing this committment.
***Edited By: rescued on 2/18/2010 6:05:14 PM*** Reason: Wrong name I directed the memo to.
Hi everyone, my Boston Terrier Emily just had the luxating patella surgery done this weekend on one of her legs and it has been a living hell. She is in alot of pain and screams out, yelping at any sudden movement. We have no idea how we are suppose to take her out to the bathroom so we tried to take her outa nd lift her back legs up to go but she refuses to. Our doctor just told me that she shouldn't be taken out of her cage for at least a few days so we have to let her go in her cage! That seems nuts to us. Our poor baby dog has to sit in her own pee? What if her cast gets wet? I see alot of owners have had this surgery done and mention how hard it is. How do we deal with the bathroom issue?
Yesterday my dog had surgery for luxating patella, grade 4. The sergeon said it was the worst case of luxating patella she had ever seen. It is going to be so hard to keep my dog from running or for jumping for 8 weeks, as we were instructed tp do. Well, I really hope this goes well! Clara.
My baby Dalilah has grade 4 luxating patella in both legs. Our surgeon recommended one leg at a time. It's easier on the baby. Her surgery was now 7 days ago- she is doing exceptionally well- she is off the heavy Tramadoyl and is just doing the Medcam. She has her good and bad days. Around day 3 she started to use the leg more. Day 5 she walks like it was never operated on. We are not perfect, as she is quick and crafty. She has had couple of big opps and no no's. Yesterday she was sitting with Daddy and jumped off the couch- to chase the cat. Then last night we caught her upstairs (5 stairs), when she was suppose to be asleep- we were. Sound familiar to anyone? Let's today is a bad day, but it doesnt seem to bother her too much. Overall, she sleeps most of the time. It is really hard to keep her down, we dont use a crate. Although, we have changed out living room into our living/bedroom and blocked off all stairs. I have been fortunate enough to be able to work from home so I can supervise her. I mainly keep her in her bed and take her with me wherever I go in the house. She will sit on the desk or counter and not even move. She is part of the family. When we want to go outside I bought her a baby playpen, which is a must. She gets to be outside while were in the pool and is safe from injury. The surgery will be well worth it- She is already using the leg more than I prefer. Her other leg is so bad she's says this one works great why can't I use it? Just thought everyone would want to know. It's hard to find info on the after effects. I wish everyone luck with thier babies! I will let post back after the stitches are out in another 7 days.
my little 4 yo foxy/jack x Mischief is recovering from the surgery 2 days ago. it's heartwrenching to see her struggling, but am hoping i've done the right thing...she didn't seem in pain prior to the surgery, although she did kick her knee and hopped a bit fairly frequently, and i made the decision to prevent future arthritis & pain......now i'm worried the surgery itself will cause this, and i'm out of my mind with worry....
as you all mentioned, keeping her from walking has been the hardest thing! i was told that strict confinement is necessary for 6 weeks - meaning only a few steps to pee and what not - as much as i was anti-crate, i think i have to consider it, as keeping her from following me everywhere worked for most of yesterday until i was setting up her bed next to mine(now on the floor ;)and she trotted into my room having jumped off the couch (yikes!) she's also never used a lead, but taking her outside without one it was impossible to keep her from wandering off too much beyond the handful of recommended steps - i just want her to heal and be back to herself, she was a very active ball chaser and jumper...any tips for assisting recovery in this breed and reassurance/advice would be much appreciated.
4 weeks after surgery and she's just now showing pain? I am amazed that your vet did not ask you to come back in. NEW pain 4 weeks after the surgery suggests that something has changed (possibly that the knee was reinjured). I would want the vet to take a look at it to make sure that something isn't wrong.
My dog Sparky a 5 yr old chihuahua has surgery on Wed and it is now Sunday. He had it on both of his back legs at one time. I wasn't for this but after taking him to a well know expert in california we decded to go with this doctor. He said sometimes he doesnt recommend two legs at once but some dogs handle it very well. Well Sparky has been in horrible pain for the past few days. I have barely slept because he cannot get comfortable at night he cries and whimpers and howls every time i have to leave the room or leave to go somewhere. Its been a nightmare. I hope he gets better. It kills me to see him in so much pain. He is taking about 5 medications. I carry him everywhere with a little bed underneath him since i went to pick him up once under his tummy and he squealed. The bed underneath him carrying him seems to work well. We are now on day 4 and he doesnt want to eat at all after he did the past few days. His breathing is kind of heavy all of a sudden and he pants and then stops and then shivers. I dont know what is going on or if this is normal. Our next vet check up is Tuesday. I hope he can make it through to then. Any advice please email me I would really appreciate it.
My 1 year old(chihuahua)Harley had his operation Tues on left leg.He has 2 pins and a figure of 8 wire holding all in place as the vet had to re-straighten his leg. He has been home since Wednesday. It has not been at all easy trying to keep him from jumping/running. He is meant to be in a crate, and cries and cries if i put him in it.
I work from home and have been able just to sit with him pretty much all day. He slept all Wednesday afternoon and most of Thurs. He is now trying to do more and all most seems like our normal Harley. I am really worried about him trying to do to much already. He is walking on 3 legs only and tries to run. . I am ringing my vet this morn to ask what else I can do to try and stop him going nutty and wanting to move about. I have even brought him a dog stroller just so i can have him with me at all times. He has to have the other leg done when he has recovered from this. I feel so sorry for Harley, i am so scared of him over doing things are hurting his poorly leg. Has anyone else had this problem? Or have any tips? Thanks in advance for any advise.
My Dog, Chibs, is having surgery on Thursday. She was hit by a ball on an already bad knee. She can't even walk on her leg. She is so active and now cant even move. I am still very scared about the surgery! She has a lot more issues, she has diabetes, and so this is a difficult situation to be in. How was your experience? Any tips for me? I would appreciate!
My Missy (5 year old maltese) had her patella and ACL repaired on her right hind leg last Thursday. I was not totally sure if it should be done or not. My vet said it needed to be done and another vet (second opinion) said he wouldnt do it. The surgery was very complicated but she held up well.
The hardest part so far is keeping her confined and her movement restricted to just potty breaks. Also because I am single and work I cant be home 24/7 so she has proven to be a challenge. She has managed in the night (with a c collar on) get to her wound and remove a staple (I think she ate it). This caused me to get a bigger collar so she cant reach her wound. The other issues are she gets super excited to see me when I come thus she jumps (which the vet said is a no no).
If there is anyone considering having the operation done get another opinion. In the end I still went with doing it but I think its best to do it now versus seeing her in pain down the road with arthritis.
My little chawahwa is having surgery soon on one back leg right now we cannot afford both at one time. Her knees started popping out about 3 months ago, doc wanted us to wait to see if they would heal themselves, but they didnt. I am so scared for her. I have no clue how they fix this problem. Has anyone ever heard anyone having to put there puppy down for this kinda of problem, she is only 2 years old, i would die if someone (a vet)told me to do this.