Join Date: Aug 2009
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Our Pixie (2 years old April 6) was just diagnosed with luxating patellas, a bit worse on the right side. The vet did not specify a level. She said that if the dog is not in pain, then it is best not to operate as that can set up other problems and does not necessarily fix the condition. Pixie does that little hop, skip when she trots at a certain pace, but it does not seem to cause discomfort and she still runs around after balls, etc. Vet said to monitor activity and not let her overdo it, which is easy as Pixie is fairly low energy anyway. Her career in agility is officially nipped in the bud, ha, ha! (She would probably take a rest partway through if we tried to get her to do agility :-) ) Also, don't let her get overweight as that puts more strain on the patellas (she would be a little porkie-pie if we let her eat as much as she would like).
We are just keeping an eye on it and not worrying about it if Pixie seems fine. We'll see how things go as she ages.
Dorothy (Rascal and Pixie)