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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-25-2011, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Patellar Luxation

Hello! I'm new here.... We just adopted Fergie on September 16th and we LOVE him. He's settling in and starting to get along nicely with our 2yr old Mini Schnauzer, Fritz.

I did notice that he doesn't use his back right leg when walking fast or running, yet he uses it when he walks or runs up the stairs.

He does not appear to be in pain.

I will be calling the vet on Monday to make an appointment for him to be looked at.

Someone I know and trust said he may have a luxating patella- her pug/chi mix had Grade 3 patellar luxation and had surgery for it ($3000).

I'm just wondering if anyone here has experienced this with their Havanese or any other breed of dog. I'm in the "Try Not To Worry" phase before we get to the vet and thought I'd ask around on this forum.

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welcome to the forum. Did this just happen , was he alright the first week>

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Thank you!

I believe he was walking as such before he came to live with us but I didn't notice it until the 3rd or 4th day.

I first noticed it on a walk when he started to run to catch up with our Schnauzer.
Then I saw him doing it when he walked very fast to his potty spot. I thought it was due to having to go...?

But then he kept favoring the back right leg on a walk two nights ago and did use it going up the steps but had to go slowly in order to make it up. That's when I picked him up and carried him.

I'm not sure we should take him for his daily walks until we see the vet.
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PS!! He's 9 years old.

I don't think that means much. From what I've read patellar luxation is present from a young age.

Because we adopted him at age 9, I don't know if he's always favored his back leg. The woman who surrendered him didn't give the rescue a ton of info about him, from what I understand.
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yep, time for the vet. Hopefully it's nothing serious.

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It also could be arthritis, he's not a youngster any more.

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It could be any number of things from the hip joint on down the leg. I wouldn't be surprised if it's something he has been living with for a long time. He looks very happy in your avatar, so you must be doing a good job!
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Welcome, Liszy and Fergie! I hope your vet visit will ease your mind about the leg. It could easily be arthritis but there are things to help alleviate pain. Can't wait to hear and see more of Fergie in the future. Let us know what the vet says.

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So, how is Fergy doing?



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I noticee my dog doing the same thing when she was about 6 months old. She still does it and does have a luxating patella. However it is very mild and the vet said that she is just trying to get her knee back into joint when she does that "little skip". The vet said that she will hopefully never need surgery. The only thing we need to do is make sure she doesn't get overweight because then it may get worse.
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