Loose knee caps
I just took my 5 year old Maltese (Gretta) to the vet and he told
me that she had "loose knee caps" in her back legs. He suggested
that we have her see an orthopedic surgeon to correct the problem
because down the road arthritis could set in those knees. The vet
said that this was common in small dogs, has anyone had this problem
and if so, did surgery really work or did it cause more problems
due to other complications.
Gretta is "chunky" weighing in at 9 lbs. We are putting her on a
diet to control her food intake more and we are increasing her activity
level. I am reluctant to have her go through surgery, but I also do not want
to jeopardize her quality of life as she ages.
Has anyone any experiences to share? Thanks in advance,
Diann, concerned owner of Gretta and Hannah
- Diann, there is a previous post titled "deaf/wknee problems",
Larry Stanberry give some info on luxatting patella's or loose knees.
As I have responded in my post, my maltese Amanda has had the knee
surgery on both her hind legs (at different times) and my yorkie mix
has had it on one of his. From what I know, it is common in small breed
dogs. Amanda was much older than 5 when she had the knee surgeries; the
yorkie, Benjamin was under a year.
They have made such improvements in anesthesia over the years, surgery is
not as risky as it used to be if you have a good vet -- though there is
always some kind of risk with all types of medical procedures, even teeth
cleaning. I think the important thing is make sure you have a good vet -- I
think it is a good sign that your vet is refering you to a specialist -- and
make sure you have presurgery workup done to ensure that all medical factors
are know and accounted for during surgery.
But, if the knees are loose and need surgery, I would get it done, your
Gretta is a young dog, you don't want her to have unnecessary pain or
trouble walking as she gets olders.
At least talk with the orthopedic vet; there is no commitment in talking and
after you talk with him or her, you may feel more comfortable about the
surgery. Also, ask either vet if there is something you can read on the
problem. Good luck.
Rebecca (aka, RAKSAB, can't make up her mind)
- I'm glad Rebecca also referred you to the info already on this
board regarding luxating patellas (aka slipping stifles or loose
knee caps as you called it). You must realize how important it is
to reduce any excess weight off of the dog and keep it off. This
is one of the things that even causes dogs with a healthy knee
structure to develop problems in this joint. If that tendon does
slip out of joint, the animal is subjected,in most cases, to such
excruciating pain - you may even think the dog is having a convulsive
seizure by his actions. You dont want to allow the dog to go through this
- if it is inevitable then have the surgury done, now. Again, you
are well advised to see a specialist.
Larry Stanberry - Divine Maltese
- My dog experienced this problem, and she too was overweight. My vet put her
on a diet and put her on a supplement, and her knees are doing fine now.
The problem with this surgery, and I do speak from experience, is the risk
of arthritis. Ask your vet what the risk is in getting arthritis from the
surgery. If I had known that arthritis can be a side affect from the
surgery, I would not have had it done. The orthopedic surgeon can answer
the surgery/arthritis question best.
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