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Freddie knee surgery & luxating patellas!

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Most of you know from my previous post, Freddie has a knee injury 6 days ago. I was told bed rest for 14 days. I called the vet this morning, because he still won't put any pressure of his leg. This has happened before, but normally he limps for a few minutes. The vet referred me to specialist because he feels fred needs surgery. I knew when he was a pup he had luxating patellas. The vet told me then, he would probably need surgery down the road. I believe the injury occurred because of his "loose knee caps". They can't fit him in for another week an a half and if he needs surgery, he is crate bound for another 6 weeks.....I think! Poor little guy.

Does anyone know if surgery is the answer for luxating patellas? Is there a supplement I could use to strengthen the ligaments in his knee?

If surgery is the answer, we will have it done. i just hate to crate him for another 6 weeks or more!





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Oh Linda My poor sweet Freddie. Every time I think of him, I look as Logan as they are so alike. Not only crate bound, but knowing you, you will be carrying him around a LOT in the next few weeks. That poor baby!! I dont know the answers to your questions, but I am sure some people here know. Kisses from the 4 L's to Freddie, and a few to Scuds & Bella too!

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Linda, I am so sorry to hear this Poor Freddy Hugs to both of you.

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Linda,
I have a friend with a Pom Teddy and they said nothing really helps unfortunately. Teddy had one knee go and then the other knee go a year later. They said since he probably put all of his weight on the other knee. I think they usually judge them based on different grades as to whether or not they need surgery right away. The rescue Hav I picked up this summer had grade 4 and had surgery right away. It is very hard to keep a puppy from jumping

I hope you hear that the grade isn't bad yet to require surgery right away.

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Oh Linda, I'm so sorry to hear that. I don't have any advice but I'm sending healing vibes to him. Looks like that stroller may come in handy. Poor baby.

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Linda, I don't have any personal experience, but I've heard similar stories to Amanda via friends with other dogs with luxating patellas. Hopefully, the specialist will give you and Freddie excellent care and advice.
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You can try glucosimine (sp?)

http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/p...ite=DDI%20Link

I'm sure there are other places to buy it, I just grabbed the first one I saw.

I don't know about the surgery, but I would talk to a few doctors and specialist and get atleast 2 opinions on it with pros and cons on each. Poor baby

I can imagine how hard it would be keep a hav from jumping and running.

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Glucosamine can promote cartilage regeneration, but if the damage is already bad enough that surgery is suggested, his puppy antics will probably do more damage faster than glucosamine & chondroitin can fix.
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Oh Linda, I am so sorry to hear about Freddie's patella

Sending Freddie good vibes....

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Linda- I'm sorry to hear about Freddie. My prior Havanese had luxating patellas. I don't know what grade they were, but she'd limp from doing something about once a year, but was able to put it back in place herself by stretching her leg out behind her. I was told by the vet that she'd probably eventually need surgery. But another vet told me that I should wait until it was causing her problems or pain. Its hard to know what to do. She never had the surgery, as she became ill with liver disease at 8 years old. I'd listen to a specialist and definitely consider it if Freddie is in discomfort alot. I made sure our Hav had stairs to use to get up on the bed or I lifted her up and down on the sofa. But really, I guess everything depends on the grade of luxation. I hope Freddie's specialist can help him.

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