It is where the knee joint pops out of place. The knee is loose. With surgery it can be tightened. It is a problem with just about all small breeds. Bigger dogs get the hip displasia. Hips move out of joint.
I concur,It is genetically passed on. This is one reason when one breeds they should have their breeding stock all tested for these problems. If they have it or are predestined for it they should not be bred. It usually just gets worse and worse. I always suggest to new small dog owners to get themselves a ramp or stool to help the dog get up on the bed or couch. The least amount of jumping is the best thing for small dogs. Even though thats what they want to do. So set up ramps or step stools on the side of the bed or couch.
I have pillows stacked up for Toby (my puppy) to get on and off the bed. He usually doesn't jump off the couch but sometimes will. He has 2 large deck stairs to get down to go outside to potty. I used to have to carry him down the stairs when he was really little. Now he will bounce or leap down them. Should I be carrying him?
Wendy has the vet said anything to you about Toby's knee's? I wouldn't worry about him coming up and down the stairs. If the vet hasn't diagnoised him with any problems with his knee's he should be fine. If you feel uneasy about it I would have him checked out to see if there are any problems.
No, the vet hasn't said anything. Toby is only 6 months old. I was just wondering if I can prevent it. You know, like Ostioporosis (Sp?) You can take calcium while you are young and it can help. I am a new dog owner and just trying to do the right thing.
Are you feeding Toby a high quality puppy food? If so then it has the proper amount of calcium in it to help his bones develop normally. Also you can't prevent it if it is hereditary. If he were to have it (lets hope not) then you could take the steps needed to prevent it from getting worse. I would be careful with the jumping but not with the steps. If you carry him for everything he will become very dependent on you and will soon expect you to carry him at all times.
Toby gets Science Diet puppy small bits food. I also put some All bran cereal in it (advice from the vet). He has had some anal gland problems. I will let him do the stairs. He will only go down 2-3 stairs though. He won't do a whole flight. He will go up a flight of stairs, just not down. Is he afraid? His picture is on http://www.dogster.com/?56140. This isn't working for some reason. You can see his picture though if you go do dogster and put his name in and the city :Lusby.
I had not seen him, he is a cutie. Lux pat. can happen to dogs under a year too. My girl has arthritis and lux pat. She started showing signs of arthritis at about 4. Her vet has asked me if she had done alot of jumping when she was younger. I had no idea because I got her as an adult. But I think you can help to deter these things. The more a joint is worked it will start to work away on the cartlidge. causing the artritis. But I would minimize the jumping. and if you have alot of stairs just pick him up when going down and the same going up, he's not heavy. He will get used to you putting him down as soon as you are up or down and not expect to be carried always. I say all this because I am going thru this. Had I had a puppy and someone forewarned me I would have to listen. I'm not saying never let him jump, thats impossible. But just the constant bang on the front joints and the jumping up on the back jionts can do harm. Ask your vet what he says. They deal with these things all the time.
The patella is the kneecap. the kneecap moves up and down in a groove as the animal moves. In small dogs the bone is small and therefor so is the groove. Patellar luxation refers to the dislocation of the kneecap a condition which is rated on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being the most severe. In the more severe cases the animal is in a lot of pain. Hip Dysplasia is the result of a deformity in the socket part of the ball and socket joint at the hip. The hip does not have to be dislocated for the dog to have dysplasia. Shallow lips on the socket can allow the ball to move more than it should causing inflamation (arthritis). Any changes in the joint can result in a diagnosis of dysplasia. It is also graded. The method of inheritance of both of these conditions is very complicated. It is considered a Polygenetic Recessive, what that means is that no one gene is responsible but several genes in combination. It is possible that several generations of OFA certified parents can produce an affected puppy. It is also possible for these conditions to develop as the result of trauma. Among the breeders I know it is thought that it is more likely genetic if it is bilateral (both joints affected) than if it is unilateral (one joint affected). In either case the affected animal would be removed from the breeding pool, in the first case the parents and siblings would also be considered for removal. Good nutrition is important for any animal, unfortunately what you feed your dog is going to have a lot less influence on his joints than what his mother was fed. The exception to this is obesity, a 15 pound dog on a 5 pound frame will blow out knees quick enough to make your head spin.
WOW! TJ ruff are you a doctor or a vet? Pretty impressive. Thank you. Puttin510 - Thank you as well. I think I will pick him up to do the stairs. He doesn't go down a flight of stairs anyway. I guess he is afraid, so I carry him down the stairs all the time anyway. You are right, he is very light and I don't mind carrying him. I like it. He lets me know when he wants to get down. He doesn't always like to be held.