Originally Posted by Jackie from Concrete, WA
Oh gosh, that doesn't sound good. I just did a quick internet search and read up a little on it. Sounds like I need to keep her walking, which I do. Plus keep her weight under control. She seems quite thin to me. She weighed only 6 lbs. when we had her into the vet a few weeks back for a wellness checkup. Plus I saw that glucosamine was also recommended. Does anyone here give that to their dogs? She jumped off our bed awhile back and it's kind of a high bed. I couldn't stop her in time. I wonder if that could have caused it.
If that's what it is, and it's mild, she could happily live the rest of her life with it not becoming a big problem, so no need to panic. Also, I hope Linda Fung sees this… if not, PM her. Her boy, Freddie, had surgery on one patella, and then the other started to go. She was very upset at the thought of another surgery for him, both because of the pain and lay-up time for him and the expense involved. Instead, she went an alternative route with Chinese herbs and exercise, and he is completely sound again!
As far as Glucosamine is concerned, yes, Kodi gets it daily, not because he has anything wrong, but to protect his joints because we do agility and other sports. It CERTAINLY can't hurt her, and might help some. The brand my vet recommends (you can buy it over the internet) is Glycoflex. My old, arthritic cat takes the kitty version too… I can clearly see the difference in her when she's on it.