What is a luxating patella?
The term luxating means ‘out of place’ or ‘dislocated’.
Therefore, a luxating patella is a kneecap that moves out of its normal location.
Pet owners may notice a skip in their dog’s step or see their dog run on three legs.
Then suddenly they will be back on all four legs as if nothing happened.
This is especially common in small breeds like Yorkshire terriers, Chinese crested, Maltese and Pomeranians.
While most affected dogs carry only one rear leg the majority actually have two bad knees.
At what age, does Luxating Patella show in dogs?
BETWEEN FOUR AND SIX MONTHS OF AGE.
The condition is more common in toy dogs, but it could affect cats or larger dogs as well.
Occasionally it’s caused by trauma but most of the time it’s a genetic birth defect known as “polygenic trait.”
Symptoms: Luxating patella generally presents between four and six months of age.
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What grades are there in luxating patella?
Grade 1 – The knee cap slips in and out of the groove, but returns to the normal position spontaneously.
Grade 2 – The knee cap slips out of the groove occasionally and can be replaced with manipulation.
Grade 3 – The knee cap slips out of the groove most of the time, but can be replaced with manipulation.
Grade 4 – The knee cap slips out of the groove and cannot be replaced manually.
How are patellas treated?
Placing of an ice or cold pack to the area for 15-20 minutes, four times daily, for several days….
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief—These include ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin.
Can Joint Supplements help?
Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Both are crucial structural components of cartilage.
Supplements that are rich in glucosamine and chondroitin are, therefore, believed to slow or prevent
degeneration of joint cartilage and may help alleviate the pain associated with luxating patella.
In many cases, many patients elect to have this problem surgically corrected.
Surgically correcting this problem is relatively easy with arthroscopic surgery.
Total recovery time from patella luxation is normally 8 – 10 weeks.
Following the surgery, your dog may be non-weight bearing on the leg for several days.
Swelling and bruising are common and so anti-inflammatories and pain relief are dispensed.
Most dogs are able to return to longer walks during this period and can spend less time confined.
Is luxating patella surgery successful?
The rate of success for a luxating patella surgery for dogs is 90%.
Most animals will have an uncomplicated recovery and be fully functional.