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Luxating Patellas

by Amy Ferrier

I have been looking for the archive about luxating patellas, or shifting stifles. I can't seem to find them. Can you help me locate these archives, or give me some info about this condition. Thanks.


From what I've read about it is a congenital knee problem that occurs in many small breeds. Normally, the patella (kneecap) is supposed to move up and down, not from side to side, over the thighbone (femur). When it 'does', this condition is called luxating patella, and it usually occurs in small breeds, especially toy poodles. The side-to-side motion can cause arthritis to develop, and unless it's been discovered during a routine examiniation, the limping that results will often be the first sign that something is wrong. Because luxating patella is a birth defect, this condition usually affects both legs. It can be repaired with surgery. The operation has a high success rate, but if it were me, I would have it done by an orthopedic specialist. Best bet..consult with vet. Hope this helps.

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