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Luxating Patella In Dogs
anchor the cartilage back into place. Junior was diagnosed with Grade I to II. The doc stretched both his hind legs during his checkup and his cartilage slipped back into the groove.
However, even if the luxation is Grade I, repeated luxation will eventually lead to joint problems and possibly arthritis. Uncorrected, the patellar ridges will wear, the groove will become even shallower, and the dog will become progressively more lame. Arthritis will prematurely affect the joint, causing a permanently swollen knee with poor mobility. Now that Junior is okay and happy again, and showing absolutely no signs of pain or limping and is even eating heartily again, I am feeding him glucosamine to prevent arthritis as much as possible.
Junior was born in 2002, which makes him 11 years old this December. He is not young anymore, but still deceives people with his youthful face. His nose is still very black, his eyes still big and bulging with no cataracts, and he shows no signs of ageing (besides the luxating patella). It is not too late to start feeding him glucosamine although arthritis could be better prevented with feeding at an early age.
Junior is now on glucosamine. One small scoop is mixed into his dinner every night. Glucosamine is a natural body element formed from glucose and is essential in renewing joint cartilage, muscles, ligaments and bones. Junior hates the smell of glucosamine but when he sees the other dogs gobbling up their food, he also finds it impossible not to eat. He is walking well without the limp, but proceeds down the stairs cautiously. Sometimes, he is carried down so as not to strain his joints. However, lest he turns into a spoilt dog, carrying him around is not what I want him to think I would do unless absolutely necessary.
Since his episode with luxating patella a few years back, he hasn't had that severe limping problem ever since. However, I find him limping slightly every once in a while, especially after he wakes up from a long nap. I figure his joints are stiff, and he usually bounces back into shape after a short walk. Luxating patella is a genetic defect. The only prevention that you can take would be to ensure your pet does not become overweight (causes stress on the knees) and also to feed glucosamine to prevent arthritis that could worsen the condition in later years.
Posted On 19 Feb 2013 by Super Admin