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Ginger diagnosis Grade 3/4 luxation

Went to the pet emergency referral center for our area today, and the vet on call did his physical exam palpating the ligaments and watching her walk. He thinks it is bad enough to do surgery, as his opinion is that grade of luxation benefits more surgically. I will consult with a pet orthopedist on Tuesday to get their expert opinion and confirm the general vet's opinion.
They gave her a shot of narcotics and we have meds filled tramodol and an antiinflammatory for pain as needed. Of course we are to limit her activity.
He said the surgery has different techniques and they generally do well. At their center they even do physical therapy including water therapy for their motion.
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So glad you got in. I love that they have aquatic therapy! That is fantastic.

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Sorry to hear that Ginger may need surgery. Cody was a grade 4. He has come through the surgery beautifully - he doesn't limp at all and there are no signs of the surgery. The orthopedic surgeon told me he can even resume agility (*** we'll see...***)

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Thanks great news Jill. We have such a fiesty active girl who lives to run whether it is chase inside or wide circle runs outside. The way she is now is is very upsetting as you probably know. If you could post the technique used for your surgery that would be great....
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I'm sorry to hear about Ginger. Does she have a lot of days where she limps? My Freddie has luxating patellas. His one knee is a 3 and the other a 4. I went to an Orthopedic surgeon and he told me not to do surgery, until he had more bad days than good, in a month. When Fred was younger, he would have a few bad days a month. I gave him supplements and lots of daily hikes. He is almost 5 years old now and has not had an episode in over 2 years. I know his knees are still loose, but I think all the exercise may have strengthen the ligaments around his knees. He runs like a mad man and hike up mountains off leash! You definitely should get another opinion.
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Sorry for your bad diagnosis. It seems to be something I keep hearing more and more of in this breed.

One thing you may want to talk to your vet about is the other patella as well. Every dog that I know that has surgery on one, had to have surgery on the other within a year or two. My Isabelle (maltese) has a grade 2 patella and since I started feeding her raw, I honestly can't hear/feel it pop. About a year ago, I saw her running and she stuck her leg out and I saw her put it in place but she is almost 7 now and never had problems when younger. I think the raw has really helped her in that area though.

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Sorry about Ginger's diagnosis. I hope the second vet says she can avoid surgery.

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Sorry for your bad diagnosis. It seems to be something I keep hearing more and more of in this breed.
Gryff has it as well in one knee. Right now, we are just giving glucosomine.

I'm sorry to hear about Ginger. Definitely get a second opinion before doing any kind of surgery. I hope she will be okay.

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Right now, we are just giving glucosomine.

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I'd try this first. One of mine got her patella tromped and messed up and the glucosomine and a few months of healing time got her all better.
Good luck with her!

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Past 2 days she has been toe tapping, raising up leg , not putting much pressure on her hind leg. She has not eaten very well also so today's recommendation by the specialist was not suprising that of reparative surgery for the grade 3 luxation. These have a good prognostic surgical outcome as compared to grade 4.
She will go under in am and home on thursday if everything ok. Will need to be confined for 4 weeks with no running or jumping. She will need a collar cone to prevent biting at staples also.
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