I have a 4 yr old Lhasa mix that weights 20lbs. He has grade 3 luxating patellas in both hind legs. he has bad knees ever since i have owned him. The first vet I took him to never even mentioned his knees! The second one I took him to did x-rays and dianoged him with the knee problems, put him on Adequan Inj's(he now gets thm once a month which have worked wonders) but he still has bad days occ i give him Metacam. He still plays like crazy but when he's on the couch with you, you can feel his knees moving, he also has one luxating hip!! But that doesnt seem to bother him. The dr didnt recommend sx, or rest just said give the inj's, and let him do what he normally does, I was talking to a friend and he said I just trying to get him sx. But if its that bad wouldnt that be whats best for him?? I'm also wounding how vets does this poor lil dog need to go to? Also does anybody know any orthopedic surgeons in south jersey?? He also gets Glucomamine, MSM treats and Omega 3 Treats daily.
***Edited By: petperson on 7/22/2010 9:47:55 PM*** Reason: luxtating patella
I am in the same boat. I have been told by 2 vets that I need to take him to an orthopedic surgeon but I can only imagine how much that would cost me. I feel so bad for him. My dog can still walk but he doesn't play like he used too.
Who gives him the shots and what do they do? How big is your dog?
My maltese/poodle mix had Luxating Patellas in both back legs and one of hers (a 3) was bad enough the vet suggested surgery , the other (rated a 2) was left alone. The 3 knee would slip out of socket while she ran.
I did not have to see an orthopedic surgeon, as my vet did the surgery herself. She was in a cast for a while (I can't remember exactly how long) and the first few days I felt terrible as I watched her wobble around on it, but she is fine now and I even have trouble remembering which knee it was that had the surgery. The vet did say that as she got older she might have some arthritis in the joint, but that she would have had it due to the Luxating Patella anyway. Her other knee is watched and if it worsens, she may have to have surgery on that as well, but so far so good.