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My toy poodle 11mths has just been diagnosed with a luxated

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My toy poodle 11mths has just been diagnosed with a luxated patella which inhibits her movement when it happens,more than a grade 1or 2.From googling it seems surgery is the best option tho I dread it .Can any vet do the op or should it be a specialist orthopaedic vet.In the interim would supplements of glucosamine chondritine and msa help ,also acupuncture and swimming in a doggy pool to build up the muscles and ligaments. Finally regarding
the op is it a success usually, there is no arthritis present and how much would it cost , she is insured.
Thank you.
BrendaCampbell on behalf of Mitzi.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Scarlett replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Scarlett :

Hi,

Dr. Scarlett :

Luxating patellas are pretty common in small breed dogs; sadly, Mitzi is in good company! Many dogs with these "trick knees" do well long-term without surgery (although they do develop arthritis in that joint as they age), but for some dogs they do hold the leg up frequently, do a lot of 3-legged hopping and those dogs often do better having surgery.

Dr. Scarlett :

Many general practitioners these days do not do orthopedic surgeries, mainly because we don't see enough to feel competent. I would ask your vet if he/she has done them and how many, but otherwise I would ask for a recommendation to an orthopedic surgeon (a board-certified surgeon. They do both orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries).

Dr. Scarlett :

Glucosamine is not going to be of much use, but it won't hurt Mitzi if you want to start her on it. Swimming is definitely good exercise and acupuncture might help, too. If she starts using the leg more and doesn't seem uncomfortable using it, you may be able to postpone surgery indefinitely.

Dr. Scarlett :

The patients I've had that had this surgery have done very well afterwards. I've seen no surgical failures or complications and not much more arthritis issues long-term than in other old dogs. The cost is probably going to be in the ballpark of $1500, but you will need to get an estimate from your vet. That is my ballpark for the upper midwest area of the US and is probably way off from vet prices in the UK! So please don't take my word on the price at all!

Dr. Scarlett :

Here is a good website with more information you might find helpful: http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=2448

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