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Patellar Luxation

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by wrenrj1, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. wrenrj1

    wrenrj1

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    Our two year old Cairn Terrior (Think Toto) has been diagnosed with a patellar luxation, a sometimes common ailment (I've found) with smaller dogs.

    My dad (DVM, PhD in Animal Pathology) is no help! His specialty is large animals, and dead animals (why they died).

    Anybody with experience with this? we have an estimate, first from a general vet. at around $1,200 and a board certified orthopedic specialist at around $1,400 (in the same office) for repairs. There's a ton of tests, etc.

    I'm gonna run some of the tests by dad, as I think some may be excessive, but wanted to know from the GT brain trust any experience with this. The surgery is gonna happen regardless, Murphy's only about two, and gets around great with the occasional limp when her kneecap pops out (it pops back in). It doesn't seem to slow her down.

    Thoughts on how I can get her to stop PEEING in basement are welcome as well, this may contribute to my going to the lowest bidder...
     
  2. Akita

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    Bring her upstairs to live with the rest of the family and take her out:
    1)frequently
    2)each time after waking up
    3)after each meal
    4)after each period of activity(watch closely for sudden stops in activity with a puzzled look on her face).

    Housebreaking isnt really hard IF you will pay close attention to your dog for a couple of weeks(start on a weekend and watch 24/7, or as close to that as you can get).
     

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    Thanks Akita, we've had her checked for a urinary tract infection, and she'll occasionally piddle upstairs, but its usually downstairs (that or the old cat, we haven't narrowed it down).

    Good advice, if I put you up in a Holiday Inn Express, would you do the surgery for 1/2 price?
     
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    That sounds like a fair price for the procedure mentioned. If you have a board certified surgeon available I would go with him as the cost is not significantly higher. :)
     
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    I agree, we'll probably go for the surgeon. The extra costs on top of the estimate include physical therapy for several weeks.

    Boy, pet care is getting expensive...I'm glad pet therapy has not been recommended to deal with the trauma of the surgery and the subsequent ridicule by the 16 year old cat (bob) at home because Murph can't run and piss her off.

    Anyone had this procedure done? and how did it come out. It sounds pretty routine.
     
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    Our Boston Terrier had patellar luxation. We got her one rear knee operated on -it wasn't cheap- and that was all. She lived to thirteen. She didn't seem to have any pain, but whenever it was wet or chilly out, she'd sometimes hop awhile on three legs, holding up her un-operated rear leg. It didn't slow her down chasing squirels or anything.

    Our new Boston puppy seems to be finally housetrained. She'd occasionally have an 'accident' somewhere indoors until we were advised that these weren't accidents. She was learning to use our home as a toilet. She had too much freedom and not enough learning yet to handle it responsibly. So we kept her on a chain in the kitchen except for supervised times elsewhere. We watched her closely, took her outside frequently, and as always from the start, we kept her caged at night in the kitchen (our first dog had the uncomfortable habit of sharing our bed -not enough room). She now roams the main floor freely in the daytime, with no 'accidents', and thinks it normal to sleep in a cage at night.

    Good luck training your dog.
     
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    We were wondering this week if it was the dog or the 16-year old cat that was peeing in our basement, however we lost the cat yesterday (saturday), and I thought that this might help us to find out if the dog is the culprit.

    Unfortunately, we found the cat this morning (sunday) (sorry, she escaped the house for 24 hrs. and had the night from hell) so I won't be able to narrow it down just yet...She's only about 6lbs. and went up against a cat twice her size early this a.m.

    Anyway, not to tangent, we'll be getting Murph, the dog fixed in a few weeks. She's liking the happy drugs and is running like there's no problem.
     
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    We were wondering this week if it was the dog or the 16-year old cat that was peeing in our basement, however we lost the cat yesterday (saturday), and I thought that this might help us to find out if the dog is the culprit.

    Unfortunately, we found the cat this morning (sunday) (sorry, she escaped the house for 24 hrs. and had the night from hell) so I won't be able to narrow it down just yet...She's only about 6lbs. and went up against a cat twice her size early this a.m.

    Anyway, not to tangent, we'll be getting Murph the dog fixed in a few weeks. She's liking the happy drugs and is running like there's no problem.
     
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    Sorry, got website not responding.. that equals RESUBMIT!!!!!
     
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    my chihuahua china has both knees luxating . which basically means the grooves in the bone arent deep enough. they will scoop out more bone so the kneecap can slide deeper and stay in place. she had 3 surgeries on knees. they installed a titanium rod to help . that was when china was 5 years old. it cost about 1000 for first surgery. 900 for second. and 500 for third one . the third one was a rare case of something that went wrong about some swelling etc and had to redo .doctor betts discounted the surgery . i will give him a plug. in nc if your dog needs bone or other kinda of surgeries look him up. a wonderful caring doctor.



    good luck