Does anyone know if there is a place in NY to get discounted xrays for my toy poodle? and Im trying to find out if the surgery for a luxating patella is safe? and does my dog have to get his teeth cleaned? Any info welcomed including alternative care
Sorry I can't help you with the vet, I live in Canada where an x-ray is $60. Luxating patella surgery is as safe as any surgery, of course there is always a slight risk when under going any type of surgery. If your dog has a certain grade of luxation though, the surgery must be done. Your dog does'nt have to have his teeth cleaned, you can do it your self, and also give him real raw bones to chew on to help that process. Usually when a dog get's older, tartar may build up, and then you might have to have them done by the vet.
Luxating patellas are very common in the toy poodle. As long as you have a vet that does this surgery often, you won't have anything go wrong. My poodle had it done three years ago. Start giving your poo glucosamine-chondroitant w/ msm. It will help lube up the joints. Fish oil is good for the joints as well as skin and the heart. Also Ester C
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My mini poodle has a slipping petella (sorry cant spell othe word). I have had a couple of toy clients (I groom), who have had the surgery done, and it was completly successful. I also have a yorkie client who had it late in life, and she is doing great. Find a vet who has knowledge of the surgery, and everything should go fine.
As far as the teeth, mini and toy poodles have horrible teeth, most fall out. I personally don't feel the dentals are worth it every year. There are a ton of different dental things that can help if you do them on a regular basis. I personally love petz life. It has worked great for my poodle and aussies. It even took years of tartar off my older aussies teeth. I use it 4-3 times a week, both spray and gel.
Most toys teeth are going to go bad no matter what you do, and I have never known one to die from a heart problem related to their teeth like the vets insist.