I have a sweet little 3 year old silky terrier, he weighs 9lbs. I just recently adopted him and have a question....
He has "sub luxating patella" according to my vet. She said at his size and weight, it should cause no problems for him. He lifts his leg when he runs or walks quickly (which vet said was normal for toy breeds) but it still makes me worry.
Is it okay to take him for a jog with me, or even take him on long walks? He loves to play and is very active. And he really doesn't seem to be in pain, but will letting him excercise a lot make it worse?
The more muscle he builds around the knee the better. I never stopped my poodle from doing anything she wanted. I have also kept her on glucosimine since she was around 2-3yrs old. I have just given her the treats, not the pills. I want to allow for increase when she gets older. She is no worse off then when we adopted her. She is now almost 9yrs, we got her when she was 1yr.
Make sure your vet has the grade documented so you will know if it gets worse. Enjoy your baby just the same as you normally would.
He lifts his leg when he runs or walks quickly (which vet said was normal for toy breeds)
Actually, no this is not 'normal' for a toy breed unless it has luxating patellas.
I would not jog him personally, walks yes, but also limit his jumping on and off of furniture as this will further put strain on the tendons and knee joint.
I suggest putting him on a daily dose of Glucosamine that has Chondroiton and MSM in it. The cheapest place I have found this is at revivalanimals.com, it is called Arthrisoothe. You can get a 250 count bottle for about $18.50 and he needs only one per day, so for that low cost it will treat him for 6 months. After about 30 days you will notice a difference and likely notice he is no longer lifting his leg up as much and the knee does not luxate as often.
Give it to him now for life and the longer he is on it the more he will improve.