Yuki
Lv 5
Yuki asked in PetsDogs · 8 years ago

how to treat luxating patellas?

i recently adopted a 2 y.o. fixed male pomeranian. shortly after adopting him, i took him in for a wellness check. the vet prescribed amoxicillan (for his kennel cough, he's now over it) and told me that he seemed healthy, just that he had luxating patellas on both hind legs. at this point his patellar luxation is grade 1, meaning they don't pop out unless manually manipulated.

at the moment i am saving up for his possible future (hopefully never) surgery. he's also getting 250 mg glucosamine chondroitin msm daily, and he gets walked up and down a hill. he's being fed wellness core and innova grain-free, and he gets raw meaty bones as treats (usually as an afternoon 'tea', so hours between kibble). i'm careful about how much he eats, because i'm aware weight can exacerbate the problem.

am i doing everything i can for this dog? i know that i've covered the obvious bases, but if anyone's had a dog with this issue and has tips, i'd like to hear them.

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  • Lara
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    I was going to make a food suggestion - but you have it covered perfect. Continue with Wellness Core, the meaty bones, and the supplement - you are doing a GREAT job.

    My dog had a luxtating patella at her one year check-up. Since changing her food a long time ago it hasn't happened again and seem to sort itself out even though the vet said surgery is the only option. At 5, the new vet didn't even notice it during examination. Another tip it keep her at a healthy weight, being overweight does not help.

  • *****
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    The only true treatment for luxating patellas is surgery, but as he's an adult and only at a grade one, it's very possible that he'll never require surgery. Continue to keep him at a healthy weight to reduce stress on his joints, and the joint supplements should help with any arthritis that may develop as a result of the condition.

  • 8 years ago

    surgery is the only fix for luxating patella, however if it doesn't bother him it can wait. watch his weight, and try and keep him from jumping up and down too much. the condition is caused by poor breeding, and is fairly common in small breeds like the pom. there is a chance that as he ages it will get worse, and there is an increased risk of him developing arthritis later in life.

  • 8 years ago

    yes, you are doing fine

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