Wulffy - I don't think you'd ever have to put a dog down for this type of thing unless they physically can't walk. My yorkie had luxating patella since she was maybe a year or two. She is 7 now. However, I'm meeting with the vet tomorrow because i'm starting to hear a clicking noise when she goes up and down the stairs and her activity level is way down, doesn't eat. So surgery might be on the table now but i know many dogs can live with knees popping in and out of place until it becomes too much of a burden on them.
What did your vet say? I have been told that pain is caused from the knees popping in and out. My 6 year old Brussels Griffon is at stage 3 which means that her knees will not stay in place when manually put back and surgery is recommended. Did your little one have surgery?
I have a rat terrier who just had surgery 2 days ago. He is resting in a large kennel in the living room and seems to be ok. He will be sleeping in a smaller kennel in our bedroom. We have 2 flights of stairs that have baby gates on them to keep him from going down any stairs. My husband has to hold him up for potty breaks. My vet didn't precribe ice packs but I see some instructions online for this? I'm looking into hydrotherapy after his stiches are out. We have a big down pillow in his kennel and he seems comfortable. I'm going to be very strict with him being in his large kennel 24/7 till we get the green light. We live in Seattle...hopefully he will have a full recovery. Our surgery cost $1500.
I have a chiwawa that had surgury on her left knee about 3 weeks ago...she was a stage 4 in that leg. She still hasent walked on that leg at all. She has put it down on the ground to rest to go potty or use it gently to itch her ear finally but will not walk on it at all. I was jus courious if anyone else had this experience. Im jus a lil worried about her not using the leg ever again. She has to get the right leg done in 3 months time cuz its also bad. If anyone could give me any kind of help on how long to expect her to b like this that would b great cuz I dont wanna keep callin my vet and bothering them. I jus dont understand y shes not walking on her leg yet...maybe shes not supposed to...I dont know. I jus need some info on what to expect. THANK YOU
Darcy is a beautiful border collie x bull terrier and is now 18 months old. He is incredibly active and loves to run - he's so hyper sometimes he just spins in super fast circles on the spot, it's crazy to watch! About four months ago he was running in the backyard when he stepped in a hole with his back right foot. He yelped and limped momentarily but (after a cuddle) went right back to running around normally. 3 days later he started limping on and off, but no matter what we (or his vet) did or where we poked and prodded, he gave no indication of any pain. 2 days later it got worse, then on about day 5 when I caught him limping I ran my hand down his leg and felt something "pop" back into place. Back to the vet we rushed, where he was then diagnosed with a luxating patella. As his injury was trauma induced, he was in pain and it definitely affected his ability to function normally, surgery was a necessity. He went in the next week. That was in May. Unfortunately Darcy had a reaction to the material of the internal prosthetic sutures used causing severe inflammation, and the suture broke. The vet opened his leg back up and removed the offending suture, and as the patella appeared to have healed already the sutures were not replaced. Unfortunately due to Darcy's bouncy nature, even severely restricted (confined to the house, toilet trips only on a leash, no free walking at all) within a week he was limping again. So in for surgery number three. We decided after lengthy discussion that ongoing mild sedation would be the best way to ensure successful recovery as even confining him to inside the house wasn't enough to keep him quiet. So surgery took place on 6 September. He spent the next 4 weeks mildly sedated and as we don't have a cage, we relocated his bed and he has been kept on his leash which we attached to our treadmill in our loungeroom (we hooked him up to the leg of our 3 seater lounge, but he simply dragged it across the room - talk about dedication to being active!). So we have had weekly appointments at the vet, and he has been healing really well and the vet has been really pleased with his progress. We even reached the point where we commenced short quiet walks - the first time we had reached this point since the whole process began! We went for our weekly appointment on the Wednesday and the vet was really pleased as there was no movement whatsoever. So we go home and suddenly Friday afternoon he starts limping again. I just sat down and cried. Saturday morning we go back to the vets. Because of Darcy's bad reaction to the first sutures, the vet had had to use different sutures - dissolving ones designed to last 28 days. We did the math - it had been 31 days since the surgery. &%&^$%#&!!! So he went in for surgery number four the following Tuesday, which was 16 October. We are still keeping him sedated so he will stay still as he is so over the confinement he is unable to contain himself. Even with the toys we've provided, he has chewed through 3 different leads and also his car harness (which my husband stupidly left within his reach). The vet has done everything right, and we've not been charged for any of the surgeries since the first as he has classified everything since the first surgery "post surgery complications". He also encouraged us at every turn to get second opinions anytime and even offered to refer us to a specialist orthopedic surgeon if we would be more comfortable that way. (I looked into it - we would have paid more than triple the cost for exactly the same service, I don't believe the problems we have had would have been avoided anyway, and a "specialist" certainly would not have provided the continued care without charge as our vet has! Plus our vet is fully qualified to perform the surgery and has done so many times before with great success). Looking at Darcy's leg, you wouldn't know he'd had 4 surgeries - there is barely any scar tissue, his leg looks as good as it did after the first surgery, already barely any visible scar (I have been applying pure vitamin E oil since the staples came out - wonderful stuff!). All in all our biggest issue, which is still ongoing, is definitely the psychological aspect, the sheer frustration of inactivity is proving by far to be the biggest hurdle for all concerned. But our vet has been fantastic through it all, and he is such a kind, wonderful man and Darcy adores him even after all the visits/surgeries/needles/tablets etc. Anyway, fingers crossed we've got it right this time round, but at least we know we have a vet who cares and will not give up until Darcy is, in his words, "running crazy again".