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Luxating Patella

My vet just diagnosed my Hav with a luxating Patella. She is 2 1/2. I mentioned to her how Holly skips when walking with her back right leg. She said that it isn't a big deal and as long as she doesn't become overweight she should be fine. I was reading that she should not be jumping alot and I should get steps for her. And how eventually she will probably need surgery. Can anyone give me any advice about this problem.
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I'm sorry to hear of Holly's diagnosis. Did your vet grade the level of luxation?
It is true that with a low grade diagnosis you can proceed without surgery. I agree with you that stairs would be a good purchase, anything you can do to limit jumping is a good idea.
When I was researching after my dogs diagnosis someone from the forum suggested I look into Prolotherapy. It's an alternative treatment that can help strengthen ligaments around the knee. I looked into it but my dog had a high grade luxation at six months of age so we went the more aggressive route.
Upon initial diagnosis, my dog was given an anti inflammatory and was to take it easy for 10 days.
Good luck with things, I hope her symptoms improve. ~Andria

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Thanks for the advice. I will look into that. He didn't say but from what I have been reading it seems to be a Grade 2.
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