I brought home Chance a Bichon Frise when he was 8 weeks ((he is 17 weeks now )) today August 8th I brought him to get his rabbies shot ((he is up to date with his shots now )) .I have been taking him to the same practice since I got him. the first time he was there 5-28 everything checked out fine as did all the other check ups after.Now today I was told he has bilatral luxation patella .this was the first time I seen this DR , so in 3 months time this can accure? now I am concerned should i look for another practice for him 4 drs in the practice any input please
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My Chow had a luxating patella at about 6 months old. However, I knew there was something wrong, he was limping, and I could just tell he was in pain. It is a very expensive surgery, and is hard on animals, it probably wouldn't hurt to have a second opinion.
What grade of luxation did they give you for each leg? Have you talked to the breeder and did her vet check the patellas at 8 weeks, and then did your vet check them again when you bought him? Yes luxating patellas can crop up with a simple jump off the couch, but they also tighten and loosen at various stages of the dog's life. For instance , if the dog is teething, a slight luxation may be detected. When a female is in heat, same thing. I'll wait until you tell me the degree of luxation before I advise you any further.
I agree with Pen, Luxating patellas can crop up at any stage in your dogs life. I would definately have a second opinion. There are various degrees of luxating patellas. My yorkie did not develope a problem with this until she turned 12 and became diabetic. But the problem has not become extensive yet it only bothers her occasionally. My vet is monitoring the situation because of her age, and the degree of the problem we are not considering surgery at this point.
It is quite possible that the other Dr's just didn't check for it. Alot of small dogs have the condition. Its simply the joint popping in and out, the joint isn't formed right. Most dogs can live with out the surgery, because most of them are small and light. Genetics does play a role. I would't get to upset yet, wait and see if it really impacts your dogs life, as he ages it may improve.
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My Shar Pei was diagnosed at 14 months with a grade 4 patellar luxation. It came on very sudden and it was noticed when she was running in the yard. I would walk over to her and bend her knee and the bone would pop back into place. We took her to the vet and she had surgery that same day. It cost 2500 per leg. Her Left leg is a grade 2-3, but they told us not to get surgery on her unless it seems like it is bothering her. The surgery was only a day procedure, they did keep her over night to watch her. After surgery she was not allowed to walk arounf outside (only to use the bathroom) and had to go to physical therapy. All together it cost over $3000. But I will tell you something...our dog is a much happier puppy now that she can run around.