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I would not do anything yet. My Freddie has luxating patellas. I took him to a great orthopedic surgeon, when he was younger. The surgeon said, if your dog is lame more than 15 days a month, that's when you do surgery. Some dogs never need surgery. Your dog will hold his leg up if he is having problems. Fred's are not too bad. I think they are a 3. They generally don't pop out by themselves, unless he injures them from a slip or playing too rough. He only injured them once in his life and that was from slipping on the tile floor. When that happened, he had to be crated for 2 weeks, limiting all exercize. He is now 3.5 years old and hasn't had any problems in years. He runs, jumps, and plays like a normal dog. You would never know he had luxating patellas! You can also give him supplements to strengthen the ligaments surrounding the knee. Good Luck!
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