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Patellar Luxation

Gibbs was x-rayed today and the Vet thinks he has Patellar Luxation. The Vet wants to wait for confirmation from the radiologist before sending us for a consult.

What do you all know about this condition and treatments?
Anyone else's Hav have this? What did you do?

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Sorry I'm no expert in this area but I wanted to send positive thoughts your way. I think there are different severities of this condition though. Did Gibbs give you any cause for concern in this area? I guess it's wait and see but if it comes back that he does have this condition and he were my dog I'd see a specialist.

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Did Gibbs give you any cause for concern in this area?
Twice. The first was a week ago. I took him out in the morning and for a few steps it seemed like he didn't want to put weight on his back leg. It only lasted for about 10 seconds and I thought it could have been ice and snow related.

My wife noticed it a second time today. We took him to the Vet and his knee seemed tender, so the Vet took x-rays.


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but if it comes back that he does have this condition and he were my dog I'd see a specialist.
Way ahead of you. One of our clients is the preeminent surgical specialists in the Pittsburgh area.

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Good luck keep us posted!

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When Emmie was younger she sometimes seemed to run funny with one of her back legs; a little hitch in her get-along. I mentioned it to the vet and she said she may have Patellar Luxation. I was also told that you need to wait until a dog is 2 years old to get a definitive diagnosis. I'm not sure if that's really true or not but figured I'd wait until that point and then get an ortho eval from a specialist in Seattle. Anyways, about 8 months ago I started putting In Clover Connectin Joint Supplement for Dogs powder in her food in the mornings and it seems to have curtailed her joint issues.

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We are going thru this right now –about a month ago, we started to notice Vino have an occasional limp. Not sure how long its been going on since he has so much hair, we were even having a hard time trying to figure out which leg it was with all that hair. Like Gibbs’ it only lasted a few seconds. It seems to always happen after he has been lying down for a while and gets up, take about 2-3 steps and the limp is gone. He starts playing and being goofy as always. He doesn’t seem hurt at all. The vet told us to pay attention how he lays, is he laying on one leg and making it fall asleep. We told the vet we were concern it could be patellar luxation but they don’t think it is since it is his front right-leg and not his back legs plus they said what were describing sounded more like arthritis but he is far too young for that. They also think he might have pulled a muscle in his leg or shoulder since he seems sensitive during the exam. They took x-rays and said his right knee hasn’t fully developed and they also gave us some meds and we going back next week for a follow-up and more x-rays (on the house - which is very nice of them). He isn’t limping as much but still has the occasional limp.

How old is Gibbs?

Jeanne- thanks for the suggestion of “In Clover Connectin Joint Supplement for Dogs” and going to give a try.

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Tyler has been taking Cosequin DS for about 4-5 years now, as he had some stiffness while getting up at that time. He now has absolutely no stiffness at all and he is 16 1/2 and has a torn ACL. I was told that he would definitely develop arthritis in his injured knee, but it hasn't happened. I also give him half a tablet twice a day even though the maintenance does is half tablet a day. Maybe my overdosing is working. lol


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Tyler has been taking Cosequin DS for about 4-5 years now, as he had some stiffness while getting up at that time. He now has absolutely no stiffness at all and he is 16 1/2 and has a torn ACL. I was told that he would definitely develop arthritis in his injured knee, but it hasn't happened. I also give him half a tablet twice a day even though the maintenance does is half tablet a day. Maybe my overdosing is working. lol
Tycho, my Coton, has mild luxating patella in one back leg which manifests itself in a hoppity-skippity sort of gait sometimes, not always. It is apparently not causing him undue distress for now - the amount of slippage in the joint is very small. But I will see if I can get Cosequin DS in the UK, it must be good if Tyler is on it, he's done so well, hasn't he.
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Tycho, my Coton, has mild luxating patella in one back leg which manifests itself in a hoppity-skippity sort of gait sometimes, not always. It is apparently not causing him undue distress for now - the amount of slippage in the joint is very small. But I will see if I can get Cosequin DS in the UK, it must be good if Tyler is on it, he's done so well, hasn't he.
He has done and continues to do well, Lalla. He went to the vet today for his flu shot which I consented to because of his advanced age and the fact that he is exposed to several dogs at the rehab facility. Not only did the vet say that he certainly doesn't look or act his age, but that he has the teeth of a 4 year old dog. That daily brushing is working!!!


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He has done and continues to do well, Lalla. He went to the vet today for his flu shot which I consented to because of his advanced age and the fact that he is exposed to several dogs at the rehab facility. Not only did the vet say that he certainly doesn't look or act his age, but that he has the teeth of a 4 year old dog. That daily brushing is working!!!
You and Tyler are an inspiration to us all, Mary. Thank you!
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